Tuesday, February 19, 2008

King Karma mines the hard rock past for the future with 'King Karma'

King Karma
King Karma

Review by Nightwatcher

There must be something in the air on the West Coast of Canada these days. First, Erol Sora put out an incredible debut disc, then now, along comes another Vancouver based King Karma, who on their self titled debut put forth an amazing statement of classic blues inflected hard rock that will bring back hope to the rock n roll faithful.

Beginning with the radio ready "Breathe," which would be a natural when played next to such modern day radio staples such as Audioslave, this is a great disc from start to finish, without any filler in between. What you get here are 12 tracks of first class rock courtesy of a collective of musicians who know what they want and go for it. Whether it's the Bad Company by way of AC/DC thrust of "Blue Monday," the heartfelt balladry of "Mama's Pride" or "I'm Listening" to the balls out Zep influenced rock of "Into The Everlast" this album is truly a joy to behold.

It's rare that a band gets everything right the first time around, but damn if King Karma hasn't accomplished what so many bands strive and fail accomplishing : A true classic on their first attempt. Whether it's the crunchy guitars supplied by Markus Wolfe, the heavy bottom end from bassist Todd Ronning and drummer Rick Fedyk or the soaring vocals of Shaun Williamson, this is a band filled with more talent than 100 of your Green Days or White Stripes combined. If young listeners want to hear some real rock they just need to be directed to this release and they'll soon find what they've been missing all along. And, if you're a long time classic rock listener who thinks that they just don't make them like they used to, this will restore your hope that all is not lost when it comes to music that can be compared to the genre's heyday.

Superbly produced by the legendary Jimmy Johnson(Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones, Amazing Rhythm Aces) it has the right clarity and sonics to ensure these compositions are fully heard in their best light. This is a world class release from a world class band, filled with great songs and great playing, and if you love classic metal and hard rock with both swagger and grace you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. http://kingkarma.com/

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