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Wheel of Life


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1. Masterplan, Pt. 1
2. Alex in Paradise
3. At the Speed of Light
4. Do U Tango?
5. Where the Earth Meets the Sky
6. Hindby
7. Wheel of Life
8. Masterplan, Pt. 2

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B0002RQ32K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I have a feeling that you will like that album so much you will be getting this one next.
Deven Gadula
Prog for the sake of prog is sometimes boring, but this CD is refreshing, with great melodic music, great vocals and just overall excellent songs.
D. Schoenrock
One of the best records among The Flower Kings,Tomas Bodin,Roine Stolt,Kaipa,Anglagard,Quidam and Glass Hammer I like to listen.
Adam Dauksza

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan A. Bobrowski on January 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow, What a treat. After being disappointed with the latest Flower King's release, "Adam and Eve" and being anything less then satisfied by The Tangent's "The World That We Drive Through," I was pleasantly surprised by this disc. Thanks diddy...

Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csorsz comprise one the best rhythm duos in the prog world today. They are the only saving graces on the above two discs and they propel Karmakanic with power and style. Jonas' fretless playing is sweet and syrupy. I'd love to hear him in a straight fusion setting, ala the other Jonas. Csorsz playing swings and thrills. These guys got down. Very tight!

This is the first time I'd heard Krister Jonzon, the guitarist. He is versatile, from jazz to blues and straight out rock. First rate and then some. Roine Stolt does guest on two tracks and on "Wheel of Life" he tosses off a few Holdsworth-like lines that left me wanting more. The other TFK team members appear on a few other tracks, but thankfully don't turn this into another TFK album.

The main reason this doesn't sound like TFK is the great vocal work of Goran Edman. I really dig his voice. The main problem I've had with modern prog is the overwhelming number of singers who feel they have to play the overdramatic opera role in each performance. Thanks to Goran for not overstating his parts. He sounds down to earth and has some touches of Paul Rogers in his bluesy delivery.

Many of the tunes have heavy spiritual lyrics, though not too preachy. Two songs are instrumentals; Do You Tango?, a bit of fun, and Hindby, one of the best instrumentals I've heard in a while, bluesy and crisp.

All in all, a worthy selection for any prog catalogue and more satisfying then The Tangent and the Flower Kings latest. Of course, I will now have to hunt down the first Karmakanic release. Sheesh, all the money....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Schoenrock on March 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This side project from members of The Flower Kings is amazing. Prog for the sake of prog is sometimes boring, but this CD is refreshing, with great melodic music, great vocals and just overall excellent songs.

This was a pleasant surprise, and a CD that gets better with each listen, a true gem.
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The music of Karmakanic gets better with every release. Their debut Entering The Spectra although a very good really does sound like one of the Flower Kings albums. What we are getting on Wheel Of Life to some extend and even more of on their latest Who's The Boss In The Factory (my first exposure to this band) is the increased amount of beautiful melodic moments of the sorts the music of Yes and Genesis would usually end up exploding in. For whatever strange reasons the music of Flower Kings was lacking these overtures, as far as my ears, or actually my heart and soul could tell. As I think is quite visible by now Jonas Reingold happens to be very spiritual and I am so glad that he had found a way to express and share with us his beautiful inner self.

`Every single action has its consequence
From the greatest conquest to a thought.
Every single flutter from the wings of a butterfly
Causes little whirlwinds that will make the heavens roar
In the wheel of life.'

The above text was placed by Jonas on the inside cover as a motto of this album. It is a part of his lyrics for the title song Wheel Of Life. I don't know much about butterflies but the first sentence of this statement I believe in as well. It is one of the basic laws of the spiritual world. I am not sure if Jonas as well is spending his free time following the body of work left behind by spiritual scientists, or should I say, by the scientists of the realm of spirit like Rudolf Steiner, Djwhal Khul and many others, but it surely seems like it, since he shares their main and fundamental esoteric truth with us and writes a rock concept album around that thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dauksza on January 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the best records among The Flower Kings,Tomas Bodin,Roine Stolt,Kaipa,Anglagard,Quidam and Glass Hammer I like to listen.
The simple artwork does not reflect the richness of the music.
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