Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is ridiculous, glorious

Rock and opera go together like baking soda and vinegar, so it goes without saying that Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is the most glorious, ostentatious guitar-epic ever played. I don’t think I’m overstating this. I don’t think overstatement is even possible. I mean, the trailer presents one minute of a lush symphonic power ballad while the main character, an amoeba-looking thing with angelic wings, soars with wailing dadaist mermaids in the pink sunset. If you were a stoner in the late ’70s, welcome to heaven, you crazy diamond.

Without question, this captures the bombast of double-LPs like Tommy, The Wall, and Jesus Christ Superstar, but rock operas are more than campy absurdity. That’s why the team is recruiting the symphonic talents of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, enlisting them alongside masters of metal, including Dani Filth, lead singer from the pitch-black Cradle of Filth. The results are very prog, again judging from the song in the trailer, the perfect musical form for carrying you all the way to the guitar-smashing climax with tears streaming down your eyes.