Karmanjakah is a promising djent/progressive metal band I discovered a month ago with their game-changer song, First Sun, released as a single in 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Karmanjakah has started their careers with a single called; Color in 2016. Since then, the band released one EP, Karmanjakah EP (2016), three singles, First Sun (2021), Nautilus (2021), and Julia (2021), and one long-play album, A Book About Itself (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Karmanjakah is a young innovative band from Stockholm making innovative music who blew my mind with their unique blend here in this song, First Sun. I often talk about the modern approach in metal music, trends in djent and progressive metal, as you might also remember from some of my previous articles. I personally believe that we live in an era where every musician and band are not only expected to make good music, but also to make a difference with their vision and understanding of music. And in my book, making the difference is all about the pieces that you blend, and of course, the way you blend them. Bands who make djent or modern progressive metal nowadays are suffering from this, writing music with an extremely narrow perspective. I listen to tons of new music every day, and every time I listen to a new song from a djent band, they never surprise, until the day I discovered Karmanjakah.
Here in our case, Karmanjakah, consciously or unconsciously (because I couldn’t feel the same thing when I listened to their other songs), has done something extraordinary. First of all, the musical understanding here is quite modern, a four-piece band with the necessary talent and skill, making progressive music. However, this isn’t all about Karmanjakah if you listen, or better watch the video carefully. These Swedish gentlemen have blended the nostalgic vibes from the 90s with a sensational concept of Stranger Things, added their modern and technical instrumentation, while the vocalist has a totally distinct approach, a melodic line that could work even for a pop song. The music video looks cheap at first, yet you get the idea when the instrumentation kicks in. A very professional and experienced-looking bass player, super down-to-earth yet surprisingly technical guitarist with a Native American hairstyle, blindly focused professional, an innovative drummer, and Brad Pitt from the 90s on vocals, all wearing white tees, jeans, and sneakers. Well, this is quite extraordinary and astonishing. Hands down.
The reason why I used the term earlier, “consciously and unconsciously,” is because I am not sure if they are aware of what was so special here, and I feel like they still don’t. I have never been a fan of djent music, and I don’t necessarily listen to it. First Sun, in this way, was one of the very few the most creative approaches I have discovered, and immediately fell in love. Honestly, I have never heard such a blend before, and I am not sure if we will ever hear this again from any band other than Karmanjakah.