Roundtable Album Review: Karmamoi – Odd Trip

Karmamoi_CoverLabel: Crisilide Music

Release Date: 15 April, 2014

Songs: 11

Length: 46 minutes

Genre: Heavy prog

Studio Albums: 1 previous EP

Location: Italy

 

WarpRider – I felt like I kept waiting for the songs to “take off,” in a more progressive or even a more aggressive form, but they seem to take forever to build up into some kind of holding pattern. Occasionally, there are some cool progressive elements such as with the song “Odd Trip – Labyrinth”, but for the most part I feel I am not patient enough to listen through the album in one sitting. 2.5

Atleastimhousebroken – Too much filler, not enough killer. There’s some really hypnotizing and trippy sections on the album as well as some nice riffing. Unfortunately the music tends to meander or water itself down more often than not to really hold my attention. The female vocals aren’t bad, but nothing to write home about either. With some punch and editing this band can be something, but I’ll just wait until then. 2.0

Irmelinis – Here’s an interesting record. With different styles all over the songs, like indie rock, funk, psychedelic, prog, alternative, jazz it still leaves me being oddly impressed because it’s put together in such a dynamic and delicate way. The rhythm section is always very busy and technical, which is a big plus. This music is great to liven up your imagination or to get your groove going! 3.0

ChristopherMammal – There’s a new, brightly shining constellation on the celestial map of eclectic prog rock. It’s the five members of Karmamoi, whose integration of multiple prog styles makes Odd Trip a thoroughly pleasant journey. The music ranges from powerful and vibrant to the mellowest ambience. The influences pull together a charming mix of jazz-rock, neo-prog and elements of prog metal and alternative rock. Vocalist Serena Ciacci is captivating. The closest prog metal comparison might be with To-Mera. On the prog rock side, this should go down extremely well with fans of District 97, Touchstone and Magenta. 4.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.0 out of 5

 

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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