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Entering the Spectra [Import]

KarmakanicAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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For songwriter and producer Jonas Reingold, in his main profession bassist with Swedish prog rock act, The Flower Kings, his band Karmakanic is much more than merely a musical side show. Whenever he has the time, he devotes himself to the group which consists of a nucleus featuring Reingold himself, Göran Edman (vocals), Krister Jonsson (guitar), Lalle Larsson (keyboards) and Zoltan ... Read more in Amazon's Karmakanic Store

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: REGAIN RECORDS US
  • ASIN: B00006JYLG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Little Man
2. Entering The Spectra
3. The Spirit Remains The Same
4. Cyberdust From Mars
5. Space Race No 3
6. The Man In Thee Moon Cries
7. One Whole Half
8. Is This The End
9. Cello Suite No 1 In G Major
10. Welcome To Paradise

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musically brilliant, vocally mixed February 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roine Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Jaime Salazar and Zoltan Csorsz from the Flower Kings all join Jonas Reingold in this, the debut of Karmakanic. There are other musicians throughout, Robert Engstrand does a fine job on keyboards, Johan Glossner assumes the guitar when Roine is not involved and Goran Edman from Yngwie Malmsteen also replaces Stolt on vocals from time to time. Here lies the problem with the disc. The compositions are consistently strong and hold one's interest. There are times when it leans a bit toward heavy metal but it is clearly a prog effort. It is with the heavy metal leanings of Edman that I find fault. Glossner, for the most part is fine but no Stolt. Edman's vocal histrionics can be tough to take. There are times it is clear that he has a strong voice but he often over extends it. It can be grating. Still, it is a highly enjoyable disc. Many similarities to the Flower Kings. On his next effort Reingold would do well to establish his own sound. Reingold's bass playing?....absolutely fantastic. His Jaco Pastorious influences are obvious but this is a unique and exciting new voice, one that prog has not seen the likes of since Squire first came onto the scene some thirty plus years ago. Worth picking up...Simon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new kings ? April 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Is this new Flower Kings? No, it's a Jonas Reingold side project but just as good. This is a bass player's dream cd with Reingold playing the coolest bass riffs I have ever heard. With help from the FK members, this could easily be mistaken as a FK cd. This is much better than any of Thomas Bodin's solo projects which are sometimes tedious to listen to. Play on Jonas !!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, creative prog December 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So, wow. Who would have thought Jonas Reingold - Flower Kings bassist - was the main man on this release?

This is excellent progressive music. Absolutely excellent. The vocals are good. The music is flawless. And the songs are amazing. So good, in fact, I'll go through each track.

The Little Man N/A

Just an intro. A strange intro, describing someone who is the basis of this concept album.

Entering the Spectra 10/10

Amazing track. Pure prog all the way through. Some great playing. And when it slows down, to build up again, is rediculously good. These guys are good at making it sound like they completely lost the path in the song, then molding it all together again.

The Spirit Remains The Same 10/10

One of the highlights of the album. A lot more of a straightforward rocker, but heavily prog. Great, great song.

Cyberdust from Mars 7/10

This is a strange song. Pretty good, and it sound quite different than any song I think I've ever heard.

Space Race No. 3 10/10

This piece is borderline progressive metal here. Really good. Great vocals.

The Man in the Moon Cries 7/10

This is like a ballad, but a lot more bluesy. Unique. This might possibly be the only lower point on the album, but only because I'm really not a blues fan.

One Whole Half 8/10

An amazing instrumental piece. Pretty much every band member gets to show off their skills, and you won't be unimpressed. Jaw-dropping.

Is This The End? 10/10

Another highlight. This is a ballad, starting with a haunting piano melody and dominated by very dark, emotional vocals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag-2.5 stars February 7, 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roine Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Jaime Salazar and Zoltan Csorsz from the Flower Kings all join Jonas Reingold in this, the debut of Karmakanic. There are other musicians throughout, Robert Engstrand does a fine job on keyboards, Johan Glossner assumes the guitar when Roine is not involved and Goran Edman from Yngwie Malmsteen also replaces Stolt on vocals for the majority of the recording. Here lies the problem with the disc. The compositions are not consistently strong and at times, fail to hold one's interest. There are moments when it leans a bit too much toward heavy metal but it is clearly a prog effort. It is with the heavy metal leanings of Edman and Glossner that I find fault. Edman's vocal histrionics can be tough to take. There are times it is clear that he has a strong voice but he often over extends it. It can be grating. Still, there are moments, particularly with the opening 12 minute piece Entering the Spectra where it could pass for a Flower King recording (the current FK lineup is present on this number). This is hardly a cohesive disc. In fact it sounds like two distinctly different bands. On his next effort Reingold would do well to establish his own sound. Reingold's bass playing?....absolutely fantastic. His Jaco Pastorious influences are obvious but this is a unique and exciting new voice, one that prog has not seen the likes of since Squire first came onto the scene some thirty plus years ago. Beyond the opening number, the more I listen, the less I enjoy the disc. Proceed with caution...Simon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karmakanic - Very Good Flower Kings Side Project June 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Karmakanic is the side project of Flower Kings bass player Jonas Rheingold. The band also features former and present Flower Kings members Jamie Salazar and Zoltan Csorsz on drums, Tomas Bodin on keys and Roine Stolt On guitar. As you might expect this project has a lot in common with The Flower Kings music. Overall this is a very good release. The music at times gets a bit closer to metal than The Flower Kings do, but this is not a prog metal release. Rheingold really gets to shine on bass here and the disc highlights what a well rounded musician he is. The album is a concept album. The story is a bit cheesy, but good for the most part. At times the album almost reminds me of Ayreon in spots with it's sci fi subject matter and musical similarities. Highlights include "Entering The Spectra", "Space Race No 3", "The Man In The Moon Cries" and "Is This The End. There is also a cool little bonus track called "Losers Game" which is very commercial top 40-ish type song, but these guys do this style really well. Overall this is a very nice progressive rock album, and one of the best of Flower Kings side projects.
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