King Karma rocks, ladys and gentlemen.They embody everything we loved about Zeppelin, Sammy Hagar, Montrose and early Aerosmith, all wrapped up neatly in a Southern package. The record was produced by none other than Muscle Shoals Swamper Jimmy Johnson, along with Steve Melton and the band themselves, Todd Ronning on bass, Rick Fedyk on drums, Markus Wolfe on guitar and Shaun Williamson on vocals.
All twelve tracks are hard hitting, cutting- edge rock and roll, with a definite ‘70’s and ‘80’s classic rock vibe. On the set opener, “Breathe,” King Karma blend influences as diverse as Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and Guns n’ Roses into a tune that sounds great, especially loud.
For one of my favorite tracks, the power-ballad “Revolution Man,” the band gets a little help on backing vocals from Jimmy Farrar (Molly Hatchet) and Jay Johnson (Blackfoot.) “Mama’s Pride” is another really good, guitar driven track. In fact, from “Heaven’s Burning” to the bass-guitar-drenched-rocker “Midnight Sunshine,” this album rocks. It’s all good. Rock radio, are you listening. Hello? This is the band you’ve been looking for. Kick ass.
-Michael Buffalo Smith