Karma to Burn + Year Long Disaster - Garage, London
Last year saw legendary stoner instrumentalists Karma to Burn reform and play a storming set at Download Festival, plus a run of dates with Monster Magnet. But now, with their first album in nine years on its way, Appalachian Incantation, the band have returned to the UK with good friends Year Long Disaster who also happen to feature KTB bassist Rich Mullins.
Starting as the night means to go on, YLD arrive in a barrage of stoner-rock fury. Riffs coming thick and fast, they air tracks from the recently released Black Magic: All Mysteries Revealed but Daniel Davies' screeching croon slightly overshadowed by the pounding drums emanating from behind him.
Stunningly tight from the off, Karma to Burn immediately lock into an unstoppable groove that does not let up till they exit the stage. Playing cuts from the entire length of their career, the instrumental threesome rage through some classics including a flawless (and vocal-less) version of ‘Patty Hearst’s Closet Mantra’. They also play some tracks off the aforementioned new record, all of which sound like prime slices of KTB material; tight rhythms and dirty guitar work with enough twists and turns to keep the audience banging their heads.
Midway through the set, Daniel from YLD makes his return to the stage to play a couple of tracks on guitar and vocals, looking as though he was having way more fun playing with KTB than he was with his own band. But the real star of the show is drummer Rob Oswald, his flailing drum-style a real sight to behold. Tonight was a triumphant victory for Karma to Burn, and no one can deny that what they witnessed wasn't special.