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THE CARPET KNIGHTS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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The Carpet Knights from Malmö was formed in the autumn of '98. The band has gone through some member changes but are since 2002 a tight unit. In the creative process inpiration is gather from a wide variety of music which have given the band a broad and experimental sound, everything from rock, prog, psych and folk is part of the repertoire. The timeline of the influences spans over four decades. The Carpet Knights have been described "A band with a big variability and a musical ability that takes the listener beyond his own mind and into a world that reigned by The Carpet Knights."

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4.23 | 16 ratings
Lost And So Strange Is My Mind
2005
3.93 | 20 ratings
According to Life...
2009

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Powerfool
1998
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Swirl Along ...
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
Forest
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Beyond The Fairytale
2003

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 According to Life... by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 20 ratings

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According to Life...
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Ogilla

5 stars Swedish Progmasters are back in town, with another masterpiece, and a huge one! Back in town, yes, but with 2 new members, replacing the great drummer they had on ''Lost And So Strange Is My Mind'' and the interesting bassist. Is this good news? It had lots of chances of being a bad thing, to make the band suffer from their creativity. Well, in fact, it gave a different structure of bass/drum interplay, adding a different approach to the sound, closer to what you expect from a unique band like the Carpet Knights. The flute, less present than in the first 'opus', is there to give the sound nice little details, to give it an 'epic' sound. The songs are in general closer to stoner and rock than in their previous effort, wich could please of deceive you, depending on your tastes. I, personnally, am opened to a whole lot of styles, so it surprised me, in a good way. The singer is still one of the pillars, with his incredible lyrics, his beautiful voice. The guitarists, playing in duo, are amazing. Playing sometimes with strange effects that would make you doubt if there's a keyboard in the band. The drums are in general more aggresive than into their first album, wich is good for the slight change of direction they took. Aggresive, but not in an heavy metal way, just more powerful. Sadly this drummer seems not to appreciate tiny little details as his predecessor, but these last 2 facts makes them equal at my eyes. The bass is excellent, creative, far from the classic rock boring continuous rythm section. The production pushes now the drums on the main side, and still make the music so perfect. Modern in terms of quality, while vintage in terms of general sounding, far from the 'plastic' effect most modern compositions suffer of...

This album, a little different from their first one, is absolutetly excellent. A true masterpiece, no doubt about it. But I will not admit it is better or worse than ''Lost And So Strange Is My Mind'', for they each have their own way of being epic.

Give it a look, for sure, the Carpet Knights are genious!

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 According to Life... by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 20 ratings

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According to Life...
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars First thing that I like about this album is its cover. It's beautiful connection of nature and, ahem, nature. That's nature multiplied by two. And believe me, Sweden has beautiful nature (as the rest of Scandinavian Peninsula has).

Music on the verge of Psychedelic and Heavy (more Heavy for me in average, even though some parts are pure Psychedelic), together with certain Retro elements. Quite reminiscent of Motorpsycho (almost like its Norway's counterpart), sharing a lot of same motifs.

Thank you Olav for the word, Stoner Rock (I always forget this one), seems possible that this is the case. However, I don't have proofs. Sometimes it would be good to be stoner, but most of the times, put me out of drugs. I can enjoy it anyway. Very 'eavy (and very 'umble) sound with killing riffs. But never abandoning Psychedelic traces, they're still present no matter what.

Music like this is also good material to make longer tracks and so we get 60 minutes of these delights. However, this music can be boring, because there's quite low amount of eclecticity (variety), you simply have to take it or leave it as it is.

4(-), seemed like good rating at the time. Before I got drunk.

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 According to Life... by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
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According to Life...
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by seventhsojourn
Special Collaborator RPI

3 stars According To Life (2009) is the second studio album by Swedish psychedelic rockers The Carpet Knights. Out of interest it might be worth mentioning that one or two members of the group occasionally perform with Oresund Space Collective, a space rock band that can also be found here on ProgArchives. Anyway back to The Carpet Knights and the pseudo-American vocals make them sound like a Californian stoner rock outfit, with the emphasis being firmly on the rock part. All lyrics are in English by the way. Musically, the twin guitars of Jocke Jonsson and Tobbe Wulff dominate and most of the 10 riff-laden songs are medium paced with a bass-heavy sound. Yep, it's a bit of a sludge-fest.

Flute is used to good effect on half the songs and this compensates for the apparent absence of any keyboards. I think that guitars produce what sound effects there are on the album. My main criticism is that the album lacks variety; there's little respite from the heavy, one-paced rockers. LOST is the first song where the pace varies and that's already halfway through the album. Actually, things pick up during the second half with some of the best tracks, notably IF SOON I WILL BE YOU and MAGICAL SPACE-STYLE. There's really not a lot wrong with According To Life - fab riffs, tasty flute, several great tracks - it just suffers a bit due to its sameness.

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 According to Life... by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.93 | 20 ratings

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According to Life...
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This sophomore effort from Swedish outfit The Carpet Knights is a pretty curious affair, where the expression neither fish nor fowl most certainly applies.

Blending light stoner rock with slightly pretentious folk rock akin to Jethro Tull is a curious state of affairs in itself, but when more or less liberally adding psychedelic trait to the compositions as well we're dealing with a fairly eclectic end result, and one that balances on a very thin dividing border between the successful and the ones that aren't really up to scratch. Eclectic music can be that way, that the variety of the the styles used leads to an end result where the different expressions balance each other out rather than enhance the overall experience.

Personally I found the opening number on this CD to be the least eclectic and most successful, a brilliant number with quite a lot of Jethro Tull spirit. And the entire second half of the album works pretty well too, on these tracks the psychedelic embellishments are given more space and for me at leas this lead to generally more intriguing listening too. The compositions in between those left me lukewarm though, smelling fowl and tasting fish - or vice versa.

Still, a good album overall, with close to 40 minutes of strong material and a brilliant album opener amongst them.

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 Lost And So Strange Is My Mind by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 16 ratings

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Lost And So Strange Is My Mind
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Ogilla

5 stars Carpet Knights, was the discovery of the year for me! It came to me by my friend, who bought it by hasard, entering an old school vynil and CD shop. There was a copy of that band describing their own style as psychedelic, stoner and progressive. He tought to himself, well, if I never try to pick anything with hasard, i will always listen to music from the same 'genre'. What a pick it was, hasard rarely bring you something as amazing as the Carpet Knights!

My favourite 'modern' album, for sure. Coming from Sweden, a perfect blend of Stoner-related ambiance and sounds with psychedelic approach, sometime expended to progressive rock. Complex at some moments (especially on drums), peaceful while hard rocking, this is marvelous work. Bringing flute during a nearly-chaotic (in terms of sound more than time structures) moment, seems to be nothing extravagant for these music masters. The vocals are incredibly well-done, perfectly matching with this kind of band.

So, reading what I wrote, you'll think, well, he's just a mindless fan. No, you obviously don't listen to the band, or have listened to it, thinking that. The only weak point would be to me, the lenght of the album, 48,31 minutes, wich is way too-short when you're deep into it.

One, if not the strongest point of the album, the production. Modern, REALLY really professional production, while not having a 'plastic' feeling.

Lost and so Strange is my Mind is recommanded to anyone, from Prog newcomer to the good 'ol dog. 5 stars, without any doubts.

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 Lost And So Strange Is My Mind by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
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The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars THE CARPET KNIGHTS are a Psychedelic band from Sweden who have really impressed me with their sound on this their debut. Well crafted songs with excellent vocals, and the flute really adds to what they are trying to accomplish.This is modern sounding and mostly straight forward music that may not appeal to everyone.

"All Be The Same" opens with some fine flute melodies as those vocals come in with a steady beat.This is a fairly straight forward song but it makes me feel good. Lots of flute throughout. Guitar comes in just before the song ends with a raw solo. "No Space To Spare" opens with bass followed by angular guitars and flute. Vocals before a minute. Themes are repeated. Cool track. "Zonked" features some heavy slabs of bass early. Nice. Vocals join in. I like the vocal melodies after 3 minutes as it gets psychedelic on us. "The Mist" puts the focus on the vocals as we get a darker vibe on this one. It gets really intense 3 1/2 minutes in as we get some heaviness, followed by synths and a return of the vocals. "Fool's And Silent Callers" features some abrasive guitar and vocal melodies to open. It settles fairly quickly. This contrast continues. Flute before 4 minutes.

"Sad Soul" has a nice guitar melody as vocals come in. The ending is mesmerizing. "Feel It" has a more powerful sound to it. The title of this album is a line in this song.The guitar before 4 minutes has a real Post-Rock flavour to it as the sound builds to a climax. "Dab Nekan" has a good rhythm to it. Vocal melodies 1 1/2 minutes in and later before 3 minutes. Great sound. "Last Of Many" has a dark sound to it. Vocals come in fairly quickly and the tempo picks up before 1 1/2 minutes. Have to like the angular guitar 2 minutes in and later at 3 1/2 minutes. A dark mood sets in around 4 minutes followed by a blistering guitar solo as drums pound. It settles after 5 minutes as strummed guitar comes in with Fender Rhodes piano. Just a great section. Vocals are back before 7 1/2 minutes as guitar and piano continue. The song gets more sparse as it plays out.

I like it ! It has that Swedish flavour to it that I love, and it's really melodic.

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 Forest by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Forest
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Remember the powerfool faces ...

Interesting EP from THE CARPET KNIGHTS with some changes in the line-up and the style. Vocals are improved and the flute is appearing because Magnus Nilsson is on board. I can discover more Art Rock and Neo Prog influences compared to the three years older debut EP. Furthermore the keyboards by Möllergren are getting a more important role. In summary there is to state a developement to a better and unique style combined with a more professional production.

Linchpin is exemplary for the changes - mainly Art Rock - and opens your mind late after several rehearsals. This is diversified, a grooving peace containing a shouting refrain but also with a psychedelic part - the link to the former EP and my highlight. Remember the Faces raises some Folk feelings especially because Nilsson is playing flute.

An effort with tendency to 4 stars but unfortunately too short.

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 Powerfool by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1998
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Powerfool
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars Powerfool at the beginning?

This is the first EP of a very talented band. The songs are retro and have a strong and typical space/psychedelic/krautrock attitude - similar to bands like QUARKSPACE or MR. QUIMBY'S BEARD. Vocals are not so confident, the synthesizer is serving some spacy soundscapes and in particular the good guitar work attracts attention.

Three songs are offered with 21 minutes total length. Nostril land has the same structure as 'C'mon' from MAN with a wonderful guitar dominated jam in the middle. Away you have to listen to for several times in a row - a good one with rough twin guitars. Powerfool is to be the most complex song (of course - it's the title song) with flower power feeling of the late 60s remembering me at JEFFERSON AIRPLANE.

You should visit their homepage. The songs are free for download.

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 Lost And So Strange Is My Mind by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 16 ratings

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Lost And So Strange Is My Mind
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by slowfire85

4 stars Possibly my favorite album I heard this year. Nothing super complex here, basically a mix of old school psychedelic/space rock, folk, stoner and classic rock influences. A strong diet of hendrix, zeppelin, floyd, captain beyond, hawkwind, and probably some underground psych influences abound. The vocals are in english and are above average for a prog band, nice crunchy guitar riffing, and the occasional flute passage introduces the folk influences. Break out the bong and let this one works its way into your subconscious.

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 Beyond The Fairytale by CARPET KNIGHTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Beyond The Fairytale
The Carpet Knights Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is no fairytale ...

It's really hard to categorize the music of these swedish knights - the same with many other groups. But there must be a decision and I think the Psychedelic/Space Rock genre is the best definition.

The years from 1998 on they made four Promo-EPs which are containing very interesting songs and demonstrate their musical talent. So everybody has to wonder why it took so long until they produced their first full studio album in 2005.

'Beyond The Fairytale' has 4 tracks which are not very long. 'All be the same' has a very positive and happy flavour - Magnus Nilsson and his flute are in best form. 'Ageless' is dominated by a hard rock riff, in the middle section it has very nice psychedelic moments. 'Soulswitch' is the long track of this production and a space rocker - a small jam which grows with every minute. The slowtempo title song is also good but unfortunately too short - the first time I was very sad when it faded out after 3 minutes.

I recommend to download this tracks from their website. You'll not be disappointed. 3.5 stars ...

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