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Karma to Burn released one of the most original hard rock albums of 1997 with its fantastic self-titled debut. The West Virginia combo is usually associated with the "stoner rock" scene because of its reliance on '70s-style hard rock riffs, but unlike most bands in that genre, Karma to Burn merely dabbles in fuzzy distortion and psychedelia. When guitarist William's somber tone and minor chords are combined with songtitles like "Bobbi, Bobbi, Bobbi — I'm Not God" and "Waltz of the Playboy Pallbearers," the result is both cryptic and hilarious. Singer J. Jarosz was only brought aboard as a compromise, and it shows, as his contribution is both unspectacular and largely unnecessary. In fact, the most interesting vocal contribution comes from the female voice on "Patty Hearst's Closet Mantra." The double parting shot of "Twin Sisters and Half a Bottle of Bourbon" and "Six" helps make this album a must-have for enthusiasts of original and challenging hard rock.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Morgantown, WV

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Hicksville, WV, by guitarist William, bassist Dickie, and drummer Nicholas, Karma to Burn is a highly original heavy rock band, who has insisted on remaining an instrumental combo. The band doesn't even name their songs, simply assigning them numbers as they are written. This unconventional stance made it hard for the band to find a record deal, and when they finally signed with Roadrunner Records in late 1996, it was under the condition that they find a singer. After drafting J. Jarosz...
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