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THE FLOWER KINGS family, one of the wonders of the world. It seems that nearly every member has his own solo project. But not only solo projects, their members have enough power to take part in projects like THE TANGENT or innumerable other projects. Countless as well are their guest apperances.

KARMAKANIC is a kind of solo project from Sweden's finest bass player Jonas Reingold. But how could it be any different (anyway we are talking about the FLOWER KINGS), many of his band mates are featured in this project, it seems as if they can't live without each other. KARMAKANIC is one of the better side projects and released two albums so far, "Entering the Spectra" and "Wheel of Life". The difference between these two albums is Roine Stolt's influence. The first one sounds like the FLOWER KINGS with exception of some bass dominated parts. You will get Roine Stolt on vocals and guitar. Unlike "Entering the Spectra" Roine plays a very small role on the new album "Wheel of Life". It sounds more independent and disengages a little from the typical FLOWER KINGS sound, maybe because Roine just plays some guitar parts and Krister Jonzon took over the main guitar work. What both albums have in common is the dominating bass, not really astonishing because we are talking about a project that is led by Jonas Reingold.

So if you like the FLOWER KINGS you will love KARMAKANIC, but will also like them if you never heard of the Kings. I recommend to start with the second album "Wheel of Life" because it has not so many similarities to their main project like the first release.

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3.59 | 138 ratings
Entering the Spectra
3.74 | 155 ratings
Wheel Of Life
4.06 | 408 ratings
Who's The Boss In The Factory?
3.64 | 163 ratings
In A Perfect World
4.49 | 37 ratings

KARMAKANIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.62 | 41 ratings
Karmakanic & The Agents of Mercy - The Power of Two
4.50 | 16 ratings
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 Wheel Of Life by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.74 | 155 ratings

Wheel Of Life
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars ''Entering the spectra'' was warmly received by the prog press, but entering 2003 most Karmakanic members were involved in tours and other projects.The Flower Kings gained great success with ''Unfold the future'', while Reingold, Stolt and Csorsz became part of the The Tangent project of Andy Tillison.After several lives and recordings it was time for a fresh line-up to record Karmakanic's second album ''Wheel of life'', most part of which was recorded at Reingold Studios during the second half of 2003.Edman, Reingold and Csorsz welcome guitarist Krister Jonsson, while Stolt and Bodin appear only as guest musicians in some tracks, among other great figures such as Hasse Bruniusson or keyboardist Richard Anderson.The new album, released in 2004, was again a product of the Regaine label.

Despite the limited presence of Bodin and Stolt on this work, Karmakanic now sound like a bit heavier version of THE FLOWER KINGS with references to SPOCK'S BEARD in the vocal arrangements and acoustic lines, while a light Fusion flavor is evident in some of the instrumental themes.More deep into the album a BEARDFISH comparison would also seal the deal.The Hard Prog style of the debut is sacrified in the sake of more refined and elaborate compositions with lush orchestrations, sudden tempo changes and beautiful melodies.In a display of monumental creativity the band offers two long epics next to a bit shorter pieces, full of time signatures, multiple influences and incredible technical skills.A nice balance between vintage colors and contemporary sounds is kept throughout the album, with newcomer Krister Jonsson showing often his tendency towards more virtuosic or jazzy stylings.The album is basically walking on the path of modern Symphonic Prog with fantastic dual keyboard themes, including Mellotron and organ, and thrilling, melodious textures, highlighted by some great vocal lines.However the styles constantly change, featuring also strong Pop vibes in the choruses and extremely technical Fusion in a dose of instrumental palettes.The amalgam works very well in a pleasant and enjoyable river filled with memorable sounds and intricate changes, covering a wide spectrum of moods.The tight connection between lighter themes, as these based on pianos, synths and acoustic guitars, and the more challenging creations, like the harder tunes or the dense interplays, offer constantly moments of pure music art for the listener.

Very mature work, based on the principles of legends like THE FLOWER KINGS or SPOCK'S BEARD.Diverse Progressive Rock with instant melodies and monster instrumental longruns.Highly recommended, one of the best albums of 2004.

 Who's The Boss In The Factory? by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.06 | 408 ratings

Who's The Boss In The Factory?
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

3 stars Swedish groups have been at the forefront of prog ever since its inception with great bands such as Kaipa, the Flower Kings, and Anglagard, to name a few. So when I got Who's the Boss in the Factory by Karmakanic, I had similar expectations. Unfortunately, the album didn't quite meet them. I didn't quite feel the same strong songwriting of the band's I mentioned. There are a few nice melodies here and there, but they're few and far between. I also feel as though many of the songs are aimless and really don't go anywhere.

The opening song, 'Send a Message From the Heart,' is perhaps an exception. It is filled with catchy melodies and exhibits a diverse but identifiable structure, not to mention the musicianship is top notch. But even here the band is prone to some aimless noodling around two-thirds of the way through.

The remaining songs don't really contribute anything interesting. 'Let In Hollywood' and 'Two Blocks From the Edge' are popper songs with catchy hooks, and nice sax work in the latter, but are structurally predictable.

The title track and 'Eternally' just don't go anywhere. There aren't any hooks, and as mentioned, they just ramble.

After numerous careful listens I simply cannot find anything I like in this album, apart from the first song. Usually after five or so listens I am able to do a decent job of memorizing an entire album, but I simply can't with this one. Perhaps it is because of the lack of hooks and memorable melodies. Whatever the reason, there is much better music to be heard from Sweden.


 Who's The Boss In The Factory? by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.06 | 408 ratings

Who's The Boss In The Factory?
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Third album of Karmakanic named Who's the boss in the factory released in 2008 is to a little let dawn from previous one, who already was not a masterpiece to my ears. I saw that this album is their most praised one and I didn't get it why. Again the musicianship is solid, the excellent keyboardist Lalle Larsson enter in the team here and what he does is more then ok. I said that to me this is truly over rated, because has some very cheesy moments hard to like for my ears like Let In Hollywood and Two Blocks From The Edge, specially this later piece is absolutly filler. The only truly great piece is the opening 30 min track Send A Message From The Heart that show Karmakanic in good form but also a very TFK sound, much more present then on previous album. Not very much to say or add, even has decent moments overall, I can't love it and is far less intresting then previous release, this type of sugary symphonic prog with loveble instrumental parts is not really my thing, but in same time I can't say is a bad record. Hardly 3 stars.
 Wheel Of Life by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.74 | 155 ratings

Wheel Of Life
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars really

Karmakanic from Sweden make parte from The Flower Kings family , many musicians from TFK were part from Karmaknic including other guests from other bands aswell. The sound is very similar with TFK and The Tangent , but in places I like more then anything TFK rlease over the years. The second offer from 2004 Wheel of live is to me their best album from their overall 4 release so far. With Jonas Reingold as had of the band helped by drumer of TFK Zoltan, the voice Göran Edman from Yngwie Malmsteen fame, with invited guest as Tomas Bodin, Richard Anderson on keyboards from Space Odyssey, Time Requiem, Majestic , Roine Stolt. The music is quite complicated in parts, syphonic prog is what is about, with fine moments as opening track Masterplan, Part 1 or At the speed of light, fine musicianship for sure, some of the instrumental section are really solid, but not all of them and aswell the voice fits perfectly into this kind of music. Even this is quite great symphonic prog very similar with TFK, The Tangent I can't say is very original or groundbreaking, has many fine moments but fail to impress me big time. 3.5 stars to this one, better then over rated Who's the boss in the factory..

 Who's The Boss In The Factory? by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.06 | 408 ratings

Who's The Boss In The Factory?
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by mohaveman

4 stars After listening to this album many times, I can say that it is very very good. It took some time to appreciate but I have arrived. Not a perfect 5, but certainly worth a solid 4 stars. Karmakanic have created a nice mix of pleasant tunes with my favorites being the title track and "Let in Hollywood". I believe I actually prefer this to much of the releases from the outfits these musicians come from. Especially The Flower Kings of which I have never acquired a taste for. As I stated before, 4 stars is fair. Hope something else comes along from Karmakanic.
 Who's The Boss In The Factory? by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.06 | 408 ratings

Who's The Boss In The Factory?
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Progosopher

4 stars This band shows that The Flower Kings is not merely a Roine Stolt vehicle. Karmakanic, led by fellow flower king Jonas Reingold displays a lot of elements of that seminal band, many of which I associated with Stolt. Yet even with all the connections, this is not The Flower Kings by another name. The bass is more prominent, naturally, and every song is augmented by short bass bridges. Note that I said "augmented." Highlighting Reingold's awesome bass chops is not the purpose of this album. Nothing interferes with the songs themselves. There are plenty of good melodies, strong lyrics, and top-notch musicianship. There are also plenty of good instrumental passages throughout.

The album opens with the nineteen-minute epic, Send a Message From the Heart, which is my favorite song. The cynical may see such a title, say "Meh" and pass on it, but with that time span you can imagine the piece goes through a number of twists and turns. It certainly represents positive orientation to music (as opposed to doom and gloom). Perhaps the weakest song is the title track, with its relatively simple and repeated chorus, but at thirteen minutes, it has a lot to offer as well. Two Blocks From the Edge is the hardest track, while the two part closer, Eternally, is dramatic and thematic, enhanced by some beautiful piano played by Lalle Larson. All the elements work together here quite well. Everything is designed to augment everything else. The final product is a seamless collection of well crafted songs.

Who's the Boss in the Factory represents the current mainstream of Prog, and what some would call Retro-Prog. It is Prog in that it has the sound, which was established in the 70s, and in that all the songs progress with variations and expansions of basic melodies and themes. Well produced and executed, the album hits on several levels. First, it is highly enjoyable and pleasant. It rocks, but it doesn't pound your ears. It is melodic, and avoids getting too catchy. The lyrics have meaning and emotion, yet fortunately do not wallow in the sentimental. So, one can enjoy without getting too involved with it. At the same time, the music is complex enough that a deeper dive into the sound will reveal much to be appreciated. A professional work all around, yet there is little that makes it truly stand out.

 In A Perfect World by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 163 ratings

In A Perfect World
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Up ontil now, I only knew this band from "Who's The Boss In The Factory", a good, but not great album. This one takes a step up in a few places, with an occasional step back. But overall, I like it a bit more than the previous album.

First, the good parts. 1969 is a beautiful prog epic, that sounds very much like a Flower Kings piece. I don't consider that a bad thing. I find that it surpasses Send A Message From The Heart from the previous album, by containing all of the wonder, but avoiding the schmaltz of that song. Can't Take It With You is another high point. This latin flavored song is just so much fun, it's irresistable. And Bite The Grit is a nice heavy prog piece.

As for the bad, Turn It Up leads the charge. It sounds like something Trevor Rabin might have pushed Yes to do during their pop years. And to make matters worse, there is a radio edit of the song at the end of the album that has any parts that held any interest in the full version lopped off.

The other aspect that bugs me is placing When Fear Came To Town at the end of the album. I prefer albums that end with a bang, not a whimper. This song, while not bad, is too light, and doesn't leave me wanting to come back for more.

My CD also has a video, a documentary piece called Send A Message From The Heart. It's a not bad overview of the band, but it's not the type of thing I'd watch repeatedly.

3.5 stars, rounded up.

 In A Perfect World by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 163 ratings

In A Perfect World
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars In A Perfect World, album number four from Karmakanic, while being a solid effort pretty much finds the band treading water and is somewhat of a disappointment after the excellent Who's The Boss In The Factory?

It's business as usual as they churn out more Flower Kings like (not surprising given band leader Jonas Reingold's also a member of that band) modern symphonic prog though with a more commercial approach at times. The epic Send A Message From The Heart was a great opener and career highlight on the last album. They try it again here with 1969, some Yes influences coming through, but it lacks the strong melodies and exciting instrumental work of the former and has to be content with being just above average and never really takes off. There are stronger moments however with Turn It Up having an insistent melody and The World Is Caving In after a quiet start turns into quite a powerful piece. Can't take It With You combines latin influences with heavier elements to quite good effect. When Fear Came To Town from a tedious acoustic opening, despite its ten minute length never really goes anywhere as it develops into a mellow and tasteful instrumental.....and so it goes, you get the idea.

Overall an average album from great musicians but with nothing to set it above hundreds of other modern symphonic albums it's unlikely to widen Karmakanic's fanbase to any great extent. 2 ½ stars.

 In A Perfect World by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 163 ratings

In A Perfect World
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Tobbe J

4 stars To hear one of my biggest Swedish favourites from the nineties, Nils Erikson, on a Karmakanic-album is like a gift from heaven! He's so very welcome back!! IAPW is a grower which is finding its way into my cd-player almost every day right now. It's not as challenging as WTBITF? but equally very good! The jazzy feel has changed to a more AoR-oriented style throughout the album. This isn't a bad thing at all since it's done with so much taste and warm generosity towards us listeners. And again - the sound quality is absolutely top-notch! Jonas is not only brilliant bass-player but also a fantastic producer!! 4 stars no problems!!
 In A Perfect World by KARMAKANIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 163 ratings

In A Perfect World
Karmakanic Symphonic Prog

Review by Richens

4 stars

I have always been a fan of progressive rock, but I came at it from a more commercial angle with the more mainstream tones of Genesis in the late 70's and the ever-changing sound and line-ups of Yes from this time. As I have got older my tastes have changed somewhat. I have listened to a lot of the more modern sounds of progressive rock. It has become very difficult to effectively label some progressively-orientated music as truly progressive.

Karmakanic is a superb example of what I would consider essential modern-day prog. The album "In A Perfect World" introduces a more eclectic approach with the clearly progressive and hugely impressive "1969" starting off the album. There are also some obvious Yes influences in this one as well. It is a fantastic opener.

The next track "Turn it Up" is very much more rock/ pop. It's got a big sound, it is very catchy and it (almost) makes you want to dance! This is not prog as we previously knew it.

"The World is Caving In" starts off slow, builds up and then subsides again. It is a great track.

"Can't Take it With You" is quirky and jumps all over the place! But it is clearly made with tongue in cheek and is great fun. The throaty "yeah, yeah yeahs" drive my girlfriend crazy so it must be good!

"There's Nothing Wrong With the World" is not one of my favourite tracks on the album but it is engaging and showcases some very effective drumming.

"Bite the Grit" is a hard-edged track with an emphasis on heavy guitar riffs interspersed with some flowing piano, all over-laid with the usual excellent vocals. Nice.

"When Fear Came to Town", like "The World is Caving In" starts off slow with vocals overlaying a nice acoustic guitar with a hint of synth floating in the background. The texture of this ten minute track begins to change after five and a half minutes, but it maintains its steady rhythm. It's melancholy but it's great and it points to even greater things to come from this band.

I cannot emphasise how much I enjoy the music of this group. Much of their music is clearly influenced by other older prog groups, but the sound they create is entirely their own. There is some great modern prog around at the moment. Magic Pie and Haken are also among those with massive potential. Seriously, Karmakanic are one of the best modern prog groups around at the moment. I would buy any new material from them without even thinking about it. They are that good!

I see Karmakanic as an excellent addition to any modern day prog collection. Their 2008 album "Who's the Boss in the Factory?" and this one, I consider to be an essential part of any modern prog collection, so roll on five stars!

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