KARMAKANIC - Who’s The Boss In The Factory

Karmakanic - Who’s The Boss In The Factory

6 songs
55:43 minutes
***** **


It is astonishing how a not too densely populated country like Sweden can be defining in many different genres, like hard rock, death metal, indie pop and, as is the case with Karmakanic, progressive rock, although it is telling that most involved musicians have already played or still play together in other bands. Karmakanic is a band led by Flower Kings bass player Jonas Reingold, who is joined by drummer Zoltan Csörsz, who is coincidentally also a member of that better known Swedish prog band. Both of them, as well as guitarist Krist Jonsson, have at certain times been or still are involved in The Tangent. Vocalist Göran Edman is probably best known for his early Nineties albums with Yngwie Malmsteen. Only keyboarder Lalle Larsson has, apart from an impressive solo catalogue, not that much to show off.

After releasing two CDs on Regain Records, their third effort Who’s The Boss In The Factory is released by InsideOut. The twenty minute opener Send A Message From The Heart is a clear statement that Karmakanic is more or less a typical Swedish progressive rock band. They use mellotrons but are not afraid to flirt with contemporary art rock structures. The song contains many different movements, some of course more engaging than others, although in the end it turns out to have been an immensely entertaining yet not very memorable track. The following Let In Hollywood clocks in under five minutes and has a more carefree and sunny feeling. The thirteen minute long title track shows a more modern kind of adult music, with nods to Pink Floyd and Marillion. Two Blocks From The Edge is another ten minute long-track, before the two-parted eight minute ballad Eternally ends the album.

Jonas Reingold is a terrific bass player, especially when he delivers jazzy solos on his fretless bass guitar. His collaborators are also beyond all doubts, but compared to bands like Flower Kings, Kaipa and other Swedes, Who’s The Boss In The Factory, while managing to staying far above average, never feels like an undisputable highlight in its genre. The album starts with a fanciful long-track, continues with two really great compositions, to end with two not so outstanding pieces, although I grant that the last one shows some real emotional impact. Fans of Swedish prog rock are the target audience and should know that Karmakanic fare better here than their big brothers Flower Kings on their last few albums.

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