After almost a decade long break K2B blessed this karmic world with another album and as usual it’s a bang! This album has got to be the weirdest of all K2B’s out there, but that is what makes it that special. It demanded more spins than any other album by them but with time came abundant pleasure and the much needed fill. Appalachian Incantation is odd but in an old school and fun way, I don’t know how else to put it. The guitar is the rawest of all K2B music I’ve heard and likewise for the bass. Instrumental stoner metal is K2B’s specialty domain and they do it so naturally that the tracks with vocals seem out of place. But that doesn’t take away from the rest of the music which is absolutely incredible.
It was a daring move for K2B to defy the record labels and go with instrumental stoner despite of all the opposition they faced to pursue that style. Appalachian Incantation is stoner metal at its very best. There are a lot of riffs and jams to keep most people occupied, but it does take time to grow on you. There are the usual K2B spaced out passages accounting for tempo changes and the pace is always kept varied throughout the music which adds to its appeal.
Metal is abundant here and the heavy distorted guitars and bass are what drive the music forward. Jamming is essential to K2B’s music and it’s erratic when or where it begins which keeps you guessing and drives you back and forth, high and low like on a rollercoaster. Forty-Five and Twenty-Four are the last songs on AI, arguably the most metal on it and some of my favorites from the album.
Appalachian Incantation is an adrenaline-pumping, headbang-inducing trippy piece of metal which every stoner music fan should check out as a necessity of the style. I would say it is one of my top 3 albums by the band, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Verdict: Highly recommended stoner metal gem.