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Karmic Juggernaut: A buffet-full of genres and influences

Karmic Juggernaut – The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of

As the name suggests, psychedelic/progressive outfit Karmic Juggernaut is an overwhelming force of sound. Formed as aquartet in 2004, the Asbury Park-based group has amassed a reputation for their eclectic style, musicianship, unique stage performances, and innovative solar-powered recordings using the Sun Lab Studio. Now their first CD The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of has been released. The band call their music psychedelic progressive funk schizo rock

Karmic Juggernaut is just that — a juggernaut. Their massively intricate, wild and intoxicating mix of psychedelia, funk, jazz, jam and everything in between grabs you by the musical throat and doesn’t let you go. And we think that  the musicians obviously like to play together and there is something wonderfully relaxed about their attitude, which in turn creates exciting music in best possible way. If there are a prog heaven the quartet deserves a place there.

It’s the type of music that disarms you of all your musical hang-ups and just weaves its way into your spirit…and it’s not subtle about it. Everything these guys do is electric and bold and they are a band you’ve got to experience in order to fully appreciate. This whole album is exploding with energy in every track. The vocals, on Krokodil, On Your Mark, and Museum Museum are wild and beautiful.. Favorite track is Museum Museum.

There are plenty bands who play music that is tough to digest, but after a few full-spins of Karmic Juggernaut’s newest recording is understood. I want to classify the music of the band as quite easy to digest, although there is a lot going on in the music of the Sextet, That’s well done, and more than indicate skilled musicians. On the track Robotnik the music took me by surprise by some details. Vocal harmonies over organs, synths, and Casio keyboard percussion evoke a trance-like moment which was totally unexpected.

I might cut out a pair of tracks on The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of. Even though there are left over 50 minutes of interesting, high-energy, rhythmic and sonically dense progressive rock encompassing a buffet-full of genres and influences.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (1893 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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