9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

West Virginia stoner-rock outfit Karma to Burn chose to take a path similar to that of San Francisco’s The F*cking Champs wherein the guitar replaces the singer. But unlike the Champs, Karma To Burn eschews technical wizardry and intricate song arrangements for bare-bones pedal-to-the-metal riff-rock. Their 2010 album Appalachian Incantation suggests that the band’s real voice thrives on the golden boogie forged in the fires of their unparalleled riffs. The opening instrumental “Forty-Four” throws such unrelentingly powerful and raw six-string riffage that a singer would only take away from the tune’s relentless attack — it would be like asking somebody to sing over the top of the Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” The following “Forty-Two” throws similarly powerful sonic punches before “Forty-One” simmers down a little to accent the downbeat. They break from their own mold momentarily with Year Long Disaster’s Daniel Davies providing the only vocal performance here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

West Virginia stoner-rock outfit Karma to Burn chose to take a path similar to that of San Francisco’s The F*cking Champs wherein the guitar replaces the singer. But unlike the Champs, Karma To Burn eschews technical wizardry and intricate song arrangements for bare-bones pedal-to-the-metal riff-rock. Their 2010 album Appalachian Incantation suggests that the band’s real voice thrives on the golden boogie forged in the fires of their unparalleled riffs. The opening instrumental “Forty-Four” throws such unrelentingly powerful and raw six-string riffage that a singer would only take away from the tune’s relentless attack — it would be like asking somebody to sing over the top of the Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” The following “Forty-Two” throws similarly powerful sonic punches before “Forty-One” simmers down a little to accent the downbeat. They break from their own mold momentarily with Year Long Disaster’s Daniel Davies providing the only vocal performance here.

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About Karma to Burn

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 for vocal duties, the band released their self-titled debut in early 1997, earning widespread critical accolades for their dark, trance-like metal riffs. The album sold poorly, however, and they soon fired Jarosz and returned to their instrumental format, prompting Roadrunner to drop the band. After replacing Nicholas with new drummer Rob, the band recorded their second album, Wild Wonderful Purgatory, for independent MIA Records in 1999. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

ORIGIN
Morgantown, WV
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1997

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