"A powerful and ambitious album; the beautiful lyrics and vivid soundscapes are colored with everything from a gospel choir to acoustic guitar to synths to violins to glockenspiels. This isn’t the usual singer-songwriter concept album…the songs come from a variety of perspectives and genders, spanning theatre to hard rock to experimental electronica to country swagger. What holds it together? Keram’s vocals, by turns haunting, defiant, soothing, angry, and joyful." - Ryan G. Hinds -CREW Magazine
"After listening to COME TO LIFE, I feel as though my entire music listening life has flashed before me - in a very good way. Keram makes excursions into almost every style of music imaginable here and does it with such flair that these very pleased ears, he could have settled on any of these genres and made just as brilliant a record." - Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio
"Eclectic is a word that will be used to describe Come to Life but that doesn't really do it justice. A mix of styles, it fits together as a seamless whole, taking the listener on a journey through the inventive musical mind of Keram." - Richard Crouse, 1010 Talk Radio
"Keram came back to the T.Dot with a bang and a hot new album. Unfortunately, he dropped in from El Lay just long enough to light up The Supermarket with a killer performance of tracks off current cookie Come to Life. The movie actor/singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist and conceptual artist brought all of that and more to the gig. The album’s lush and sprawling conceptual art-rock was brought to sparkling life in all its multi-layered glory with the able assistance of some of the 30 players on the album. Afterwards, looking around at the sweat soaked and emotionally drained looking survivors, it comes to mind Keram just doesn’t play our town often enough." ~ Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Canada
"Prior to scoring real success as an actor in film and TV (True Blood, American History X), Keram (Malicki-Sanchez) fronted adventurous T.O. rockers Blue Dog Pict. He released solo album Box in 2008, and he now re-emerges musically with the stunning Come To Life. This is an eclectic and adventurous work with prog-rock roots, one sometimes evoking Smashing Pumpkins. Rush axeman Alex Lifeson is credited as executive producer, and he also plays on three cuts (he's one of 30 musicians featured). Thanks to the closing 21-minute title cut, the album spans 76 minutes, a rarity these days. Thankfully there's no filler on this killer album." ~ Kerry Doole, NewCanadianMusic.ca
"With the executive producer role played by Rush's Alex Lifeson (who also adds some sick riffs to three of the album's 10 tracks), the record perfectly captures the mid-'90s alt-rock sound, while still having enough room to experiment within the broader mainframe of modern progressive rock.
For those who like their records to end with 20-minute space rock odysseys, the closing title track will fulfill all your psychedelic, neo-spiritual needs, what with its lengthy ambient jazz segues and inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead." ~ Matthew Ritchie, exclaim.ca
Praise for Box (2008)
"Keram Malicki-Sanchez never ceases to amaze me, with every album or single; “Box”, is packed with intensely warm-hearted harmonies, rich vocals, and passionate guitars and piano." - MousaGenre Reviews
"Box is an acoustic collection of ballads, rich in self exposure and warmth of tone and soul. When not contemplating the twists and turns of affairs of the heart, Keram settles heavily on the theme of death. Whatever life-altering incident caused his subdued yet noticeable cynical disposition to surface may have altered how he pictured the world, but it brings out an intense determination that gets infused into his music." - Pitch Perfect Reviews
"Keram has made what has to be one of the most compelling albums of this last year. Any one of these 9 cuts could conceivably make it onto rotation; pick up a copy of this album and learn who Keram is before everyone else does." - NeuFutur Magazine
"He shouldn’t be undervalued or underestimated. He’s young, but he’s got it. Keram seems to be in his own world up there..." - Razmataz Mag
"There are a rare breed of people who are not merely artistic but ultra-artistic...They play music, they write, they make films, they act, they paint, do any of a hundred other things, and they do them all with various degrees of skill that would make the less talented person sick. Keram Malicki-Sanchez appears to be one of those people." - Jeff Marsh, delusions of Adequacy
"Keram Malicki-Sanchez is on stage and all dressed up with every place to go. The boys a psychedelic vision...a one-man cultural blitzkrieg. Fans of his band Blue Dog Pict are enthusiastic to the point of being cultish." - Lenny Stoute - Toronto Star
Editor's Pick:"[Keram] brings rare songs with angular melodies and blipping sonics. Combine one part hipster presence, one part folky sensitivity, and one part electronic experimentation, and you've got a musical chameleon in the best David Bowie tradition." - download.com
"...But my pick of the evening was something I peeked into on a lark on my way home. [Keram] played a gorgeous, short set of his solo stuff, with just an acoustic guitar. This guy is the epitome of a renaissance man...From his coat of many colors, I choose his solo acoustic gig as my favorite. [His] wonderful voice doesn't follow the typical pop/rock song structure most artists re-hash. He writes un-melodic non-rock, with high-brow, intellectual themes and a very hippy attitude that reeled me in and left the most lasting impression of this night's showcases." - Karen Pace - Daily Alternative Music News
"An intense frontman, Keram displayed a stunning vocal range throughout the show, switching quickly from high falsettos to low, guttural growls. At times, the sound veered into what I can only describe as psychedelic rockabilly, and you never quite knew what to expect next." - Laurie McGregor - Little Red Umbrella
Links to other articles about Keram's music
The Telescope - "NXNE 2015 Preview: Keram – “Killing Days, Living Nights”
RushIsABand.com - the premiere fan site for the band featuring this album's executive producer Alex Lifeson - posted an article about the campaign: Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Keram Malicki-Sanchez album Come to Life
Exclaim Magazine Online did an album preview: Keram Unveils 'Come to Life,' Premieres 11-Minute Epic with Rush's Alex Lifeson
Also, several articles appeared in newspapers from Keram's hometown of Toronto and birthplace Mississauga in support of the campaign. The first is for our Spanish speakers:
Toronto Hispano Magazine “Come to life”, el nuevo sueño de Keram Malicki Sánchez"
Mississauga Life: Support Mississauga’s Keram Malicki-Sánchez’s Dream: Come to Life!
Mississauga.com "Artist mixes networks and imagination for powerful album"