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Karmakanic is a side project of The Flower Kings bass player Jonas Reingold. This unique progressive rock band has already gained critical acclaim with the releases of Entering The Spectra (2002) and Wheel Of Life (2004). Now Karmakanic is back with their new studio album entitled Who s The Boss In The Factory which is their third and most diverse studio album to date. The album was recorded at Reingold s Reingold Recording Studios as it is a compositionally and technically accomplished masterpiece which lives up to the highest expectations.

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  • This album was the first to really blow me away in a very long time. I bought it on a whim, and to my surprise, it has had incredible replay value. From the standpoint of a modern progressive rock/metal fan, I can draw comparisons to bands such as Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, etc…But to be quite honest, there are a number of modern progressive bands who fit into this category and are actually rather mediocre. This is the first band I’ve seen who has managed to (A) Really incorporate notable jazz and classical influences, and (B) Traverse not only genre-barriers, but time-barriers as well.

    To elaborate on (A), there are plenty of so-called progressive bands who claim to be influenced by jazz, classical, and funk music, but are all talk. Having one or two sections with walking bass lines, grand piano, and/or “wanky” guitars does not necessarily mean you can tack on another genre to your name and feign “diversity.” Karmakanic, on the hand, has clearly had experience playing primarily jazz, and primarily classical music. All of it is seamlessly incorporated in the framework of a “modern progressive” song structure. For once, I feel like I can genuinely associate a solid progressive band with multiple music categories.

    To elaborate on (B), Karmakanic are older guys. They probably grew up listening to what was once described as progressive music: ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, etc. And while I am too young to make similar claims, I can hear Karmakanic’s references to their roots, especially in songs like “Send a Message from the Heart,” and “Eternally” (Both of which are reminiscent of, say, The Flower Kings). But in addition to this, the band has proven itself capable of adapting to modern audiences (which include people such as myself) with songs like “Boss in the Factory” and “Let in Hollywood.” With their wild, stylized textures, ethereal vocal harmonies, and subtle time/tempo changes, it is clear that they know what appeals to younger prog fans, as well as what appeals to older audiences. Blend these two factors together, and you have “Who’s The Boss In The Factory.”

    When I say that this album is an entirely new brand of prog, I refer to Karmakanic’s ability to “progress” through different genres, different time-periods, and different audiences. Whereas today, progressive bands can get away with a few random bars of 7/8 and nonsensical chord progressions, Karmakanic clearly knows what they are doing. And with this album, they finally deliver the strongest dose of this I have seen for a very long time.
    Eagerly awaiting this band’s next release.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • What a pleasant surprise this album was for me. It has a nice mix of styles and really captured me on the first listen which doesn’t happen very often. Basically, this music is 2 parts Flower Kings, 1 part Spock’s Beard and 1 part IQ with a nice dose of their own signature sound so while it’s familiar sounding music, they certainly put their own stamp on the music.

    Send a message – 8/10 – A little smaltzy towards the end, but very strong track
    Let in Hollywood – 10/10 – wonderful catchy, creative track
    Who’s the boss – 10/10 – very strong title track
    Two Blocks from the Edge – 9/10 another solid track
    Eternally – 9/10 – nice change of pace track

    All in all, anyone who like the Flower Kings should get this album, especially at a little over $5 for the entire album in MP3 format. In general though, any one who’s a fan of prog will not be disappointed unless you really need the metal to be part of your music.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Definitely a different sound than the Flower Kings but as good as anything they produce. Enough said.

    Why not 5 stars? I reserve 5 stars for the very rare killer CD that totally blows me away. I have been listening to progressive music for the better part of 35 years. 4 stars still means buy it! 5 stars means, to me, it could be a classic of modern Prog. i.e. The first Transatlantic CD.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have pretty much all of “The Flower King” and the numerous spinoff cds but this is one of the best. I also have all three “Karmakanik” cds and again this is by far the cream of the crop. My one minor complaint is that Jonas(more cowbell)Reingold likes to mix the bass line a little on the high side. Sometimes higher then the guitar on guitar solos — but small point,since he is such an incredible bass player. And by the way what’s with the “Rasputin” look on the liner notes photos.

    All that being said, this is one sweet endeavor. The current linup has more of a cohesive band feel. Goran Edman’s vocals are really a plus. As a professional keyboard player, I can really appreciate the fine keyboard work by Lalle Larsson. The opening track “Send A Message From The Heart” is what “Prog rock” is all about. The rest is not too shabby either. If you are a fan of great music, buy this cd. You won’t be disappointed.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth to the other reviews. Being just a tad too young to have enjoyed the progressive rock glory days, I often find myself wondering what it might have been like to discover progressive rock from the giants while they were in full flight. It must have been fun to listen to the new Yes, ELP or King Crimson album as they came out rather than having to discover them through old recordings. Ever on the search for truly great progressive rock music that doesn’t sound dated, derivative or simply “playing at progressive rock,” I occasionally come across an album that makes me glad to be enjoying progressive rock today in 2008. This album sounds fresh, the melodies are strong and the playing is superb. I’ve come to expect nothing less of the Flower Kings camp. Perhaps this is a little unfair, so take it for what it’s worth, but this album is a bit more linear and its figures seem a little tighter than most of the Flower Kings albums. Time seems a little more compressed and there is certainly less meandering then on FK albums, much in the same way that 90125 was a little more musically direct than say Going for the One.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now