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This page was getting a bit out of hand. Thanks to your
enormous amounts of helpful hints, I've gathered so much
info... There are some new pages with fresh reviews right here, of the new album of course...
Everything you need to know about the debut is in this Kerrang
review, written by Liam Shiels and sent to me by Erik
KARMA TO BURN
'Karma To Burn'
Rating: 4 (out of 5)
This is not an album. It's the sound of a mudslide flattening
your house and carrying your car away to the next county. It's
a thunderous, black-hearted anthology of 12 of the most
suffocatingly immense riffs ever recorded, plus a cover of Joy
Division's "24 Hours". One day, when they've run out of
everything else, the ACME Corporation - or whoever it is that
does these things - will put out a compilation called "The
Heaviest, Sludgiest, Stoner Rock Album In The World...Ever!"
And on it, next to Sabbath, Cathedral, Trouble, Kyuss,
Monster Magnet et al, will be a band called Karma To Burn.
The fact that they almost managed to secure for themselves the vocalising
services of ex-Kyuss man John Garcia will tell you an awful lot of what you
need to know about Karma To burn. Like Kyuss, the game here is bad-vibed,
juggernaut grooves underspinned by a seismic, rumbling bass, and given suitably
impenetrable acid-headed titles like "Waltz Of The Playboy Pallbearers", "Patty
Hearst's Closet Mantra" and, best of all, "Bobbi, Bobbi, Bobbi - I'm
Not God". You know, fellas, you're not supposed to breathe in when you're putting diesel in the van.
"Karma To Burn" is the sound of tectonic plates grinding against each other
and major coastal cities falling into the ocean. Fittingly for such an inhuman
din, the vocals are almost arbitrary. And when he does bother to sing,
mouthpiece J. Jarosz sounds like he's got a sock stuck in his gob. So the only
way you're ever going to figure out what "Mount Penetrator" and
"Appalachian Woman" are about is if the lyrics were printed on the CD
insert. Which, of course, they aren't...
Fu Manchu's P45s are in the post. Karma To Burn have now picked up the standard
of mean, weighty, rude retro rock, and they're charging with it. May the Lord
have mercy on your neighbours.
- FORMED: Four years ago in Hicksville, West Virginia.
- PREVIOUS LPS: None.
- BIGGEST HIT: You jest, surely?
- CURRENT LINE UP: J. Jarosz (vocals), Dickie (bass), William
(guitar), Nicholas (drums).
- STUDIO VIBE: Drunk and hazy.
- COVER ARTWORK FOR LP: An ornate statue of a naked woman on a
motorcycle, which just about sums it all up.
- SUBJECT MATTER FOR LP: With song titles like "Bobbi, Bobbi,
Bobbi - I'm not God", it's anyone's guess.
- NEXT MOVE: KTB will be playing Holland's Dynamo Festival in
the summer of 1997. They hope to visit Britain around the
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reviews on the self titled debut from all over the world, a page with the
interview and a page with articles
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