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.