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KARMA TO BURN
APPALACHIAN INCANTATION
NAPALM

West Virginia instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn arises from an eight-year hiatus with a new nine-track affair entitled APPALACHIAN INCANTATION. Produced by Scott Reeder (Kyuss), this resurrected unit doles out fully sharpened shards of gritty goodness, relentlessly piling riff after riff on top of a groove-laden boogie-filled shuffling rhythmic mountain to comprise rounds of dynamic and anthemic stoner rock jams crammed with a multitude of memorable moments and stellar musical interplay (“Forty-One”, “Forty-Five”). Virtually picking up where they left off nearly a decade ago, KTB retained many of the qualities that made them underground faves (including numerical song titles and opting to go sans vocals), yet there are two tracks here that feature vocals, “Waiting on The Western World” (featuring Daniel Davies) and “Two Times” (featuring John Garcia). But purists shouldn’t fret, as the performances from this pair of sterling vocalists enhances the album’s flow exponentially while strengthening the band’s already contagious refrains by trading Les Paul speak for raw human emotion. Karma to Burn’s new album celebrates triumph of the human spirit, as they’ve returned from their addiction-fueled lows and have found solace in cranking it up and letting loose with the power of rock firmly behind them.
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