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The album as it was originally intended.

Re-recording old album seems to be a recurring theme for me this issue*. This one entails West Virginia ‘stoner’ rockers Karma To Burn. They were formed by William Mecun and Richard Mullins in 1994 as an instrumental power-trio, but when Roadrunner Records offered to release their debut album the one condition was that a vocalist was employed. The offer was too good to turn down, Jay Jarosz was recruited, and ‘Karma To Burn’ appeared in 1996. Inevitably things didn’t work out for the band, Jarosz was ejected and KTB became a trio again, but Roadrunner too severed all ties. Soldiering on regardless, a succession of well-received albums followed.

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Fifteen years on from the debut release comes ‘Slight Reprise’, the album as it was originally intended. Free from those meddling Record Company executives, the tracks have reverted back to their embryonic numerical-only titles, and are free from vocals, save for ‘Two Times’ which features a guest appearance from Kyuss frontman John Garcia – ironically also rejected by Roadrunner at the time.

The thing is, I’m not a fan of Stoner Rock at all. And I don’t really like instrumental albums either. So even though this is full of gargantuan grooves and riffs, there’s nothing in the way of guitar solos, and subsequently it’s not making a huge amount of impact with me. I find the pacing too even, and with no vocals or hooks there’s a certain lack of identity between the tracks. I applaud the fact that the album is now available as originally conceived by the band, but there’s very little for me to appreciate. In all honesty though, I don’t really think that having vocals would make a lot of difference either.

Ant Heeks

(*of Fireworks Magazine 55)

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