I thoroughly enjoyed their last two releases on Napalm Records (Appalachian Incantation and V), especially the raw, bluesy cameo by John Garcia (Kyuss, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino) on “Two Times.” But fans of Karma to Burn don’t come back for the guest vocalists. They thrive on the band’s driving, filthy mid-tempo riffing that should be playing in the 8-track of every 1973 Mustang.
The tracks on Arch Stanton are numbered and one can only guess as to the significance. The distorted bombast of “23” might be my favorite. But then again, all the tracks will have you nodding your head. The production is beautifully simple and in your face, austere and powerful.
Karma to Burn serves up a heavy diet of meat and potatoes and I want another helping.