Karma To Burn Almost Heathen on LP + Bonus 10"
Few recording artists aspire to the stylistic purity of legendary stoner rock pioneers Karma to Burn, and nowhere is this fact better demonstrated than on their 2001 release Almost Heathen. Even the title reinforces the near-decadence, and the strange but necessary elusiveness of artistic completeness. To say that Almost Heathen "rocks" would actually be a disservice. It is more than a great record.
It is form as function, the combination of craft and content, meditative, aloof, and sublime, if only for its singularity. Each of the ten non-sequentially numbered tracks do more than rock; they turn and roll, twist and slide, rattle and hum like large metal life forms, first rolling over desolate landscapes on four wheels, then standing upright, growing hair and pounding the rocky soil with the sun-bleached bones of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Sleep, and Kyuss.
Picking highlights is impossible, as each "song" acts more like a minutely textured tile in an all-black mosaic, relying heavily on the listener's reflection, leaving the assignment of meaning to individual imagination. Stoner/doom fans and everyone else who appreciates heavy music will all get a thrill from Almost Heathen, a significant hard rock accomplishment.
Tee Pee Records' vinyl reissue of Karma To Burn's Almost Heathen includes the original album on LP plus a bonus 10" featuring unreleased instrumental demos (part 2 of 2) from the band's debut and new artwork by Alex Von Wieding.
Karma To Burn Almost Heathen Track Listing:
2. Thirty Eight
3. Thirty Four
4. Thirty Seven
5. Thirty Nine
6. Thirty Six
7. Thirty Three
8. Thirty Five