So for a good while now (like the past three hours), I've been looking for a great old-school hard-rock band, and I think I may have found one definitely worthy of some praise. Karma 10 is a hard-rock group out of Columbus, Ohio, and as I've just recently found out, a major staple in the city's hard-rock underground scene. The group was started a few years ago by Keith Miller (lead vocals), and includes Chris Williams (lead guitar and vocals), Zack Dickerson (guitar and vocals), Mike Mapes (bass), and Marty Harris (drums and vocals).
What makes this group different from others, though, is Williams' and Dickerson's incredible guitar work, along with other aspects. Taking cues from seminal hard-rockers like AC/DC, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, and Quiet Riot, Williams makes his guitar shriek in the same way that Rudolph Schenker from Scorpions does, as Dickeron seems to emulate Malcolm Young of AC/DC, and lay down a head-bopping rhythm guitar riff. Under that lay Mapes' Mike Anthony-like bass lines, Harris's Tommy Lee-like drumming, and above it all, is Miller's amazing voice, almost like a David Lee Roth of a new era.
I was struck right from the start by their first track, "I Believe." It just rocks so hard, and interestingly enough, seems to drip with the same sleaze that made groups like Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses famous. And it works. Don't know why, but it just does.
K10's EP Day Dreaming, continues with "Red Dress VooDoo," and then moves on to "Sister," a sleazy number that would find comfort among any Van Halen set-list. These guys just put a new and different spin on modern hard-rock. Amazing musicianship. A must-hear.
Sounds Like: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Motley Crue
Key Tracks from Day Dreaming: "I Believe," "Red Dress VooDoo," "Sister"
Check out Karma 10 more at: http://www.unsigned.com/karma10