Karma to Burn | 02.11.15

karma_burn_75Karma to Burn just plays hard, fast, and honest. They left it all on the stage.


Fubar, St. Louis

On a chilly Wednesday evening in St. Louis, West Virginia’s Karma to Burn played an intimaten show supported by Sierra from Toronto and local band Grand Inquisitor.

Grand Inquisitor opened the show. It took a little while to see what they were doing, but once their brand of metal made sense to me, it was glorious. Wailing vocals, seemingly out of place guitar solos drenched in the wah, and an amazing drummer created an abstract evening of music.

All the way from Canada, Sierra played a very different style than that of Grand Inquisitor. The singer and guitarist made for an iconic picture: shoulder length blonde hair, very thin, Les Paul shaped guitar. His vocals sounded like Ozzy, if Ozzy originally hailed from the Great White North. Their music was slow and heavy and very entertaining.

Karma to Burn closed out the night, as they should—it was their show.

Different from the other bands, they wore their standard gear. No one was wearing any military fatigues or spikes. The guitarist didn’t even remove his Pittsburgh Steelers baseball hat. Audience interaction was sparse and spoke outside of the microphone.

There was no shortage of was heavy “riffage”, though.  Their songs are playfully titled based on the order in which they were written. Karma definitely played by the numbers.

From the moment the Les Paul Custom was connected to the Marshall stack, the rock just flowed. Chainsaw riffs, bass lines weaving in and out of the guitar, and the drums never stopped.  The power of a Les Paul Custom and Marshall Stack can never be underestimated.

No effects. No tricks. No flashy sweep-picks or two-handed taps. Karma to Burn just plays hard, fast, and honest. They left it all on the stage.

It would be truly impossible to leave that show disappointed. | Nik Cameron

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