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Karma to Burn: Arch Stanton

Karma to Burn are one of those bands who are somewhat difficult to review as they do what they do and don't generally give a toss what the world things. They are also one of those bands from whom you know exactly what is going to be on almost any given record i.e. great big grooves, great big riffs and numbers for song titles. It has suited the band very well for a couple of decades so why change now? Arch Stanton is fully instrumental after 20011's V and sounds very much like erÖKarma to Burn. Newer members Evan Devine and Rob Halkett join main man guitarist Will Mecum for eight Southern-inflected, never too long, shortish jams which you either dig or don't dependent upon your love of stoner instrumentals. I enjoyed it but couldn't help occasionally thinking that vocals may have helped.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track listing:

  1. Fifty Seven
  2. Fifty Six
  3. Fifty Three
  4. Fifty Four
  5. Fifty Five
  6. Twenty Three
  7. Fifty Eight
  8. Fifty Nine

Added: January 15th 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1996
Language: english

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Karma to Burn: Arch Stanton
Posted by Carl Sederholm, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-01-20 09:45:39
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It's only mid-January and we already have a terrific 2015 release on our hands. The new album by Karma to Burn, a nearly 40-minute stoner metal romp, is exactly the kind of thing to lift anyone out of a January slump. Yes, it's cold outside and the Holiday bills are coming due, but here's a solid collection of stoner metal jams to keep your head moving and your heart pumping. I've been listening to this album over and over again for the last week and I enjoy it each and every time. It doesn't even matter what I'm doingówalking, driving, doing the dishesóthis is the music for it.

For those who don't know Karma to Burn, the band has three membersóWill Mecum (guitar), Eric Clutter (bass) and Evan Devine (drums). The music is all instrumental and, frankly, doesn't even need a vocalist. The riffs here are enough to keep things interesting, melodic, and awesome. The drums, likewise, find rhythms and beats at just the right time. And then there's the bass. Low and galloping, it keeps things on target while simultaneously pushing things ahead. This album should have a broad appeal to anyone who likes metal. The band is currently on the road. Check out the album and the show.

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