Released: 2001, Independent
Bad Karma was formed in 1995 by singer/guitarist Erik Wilcox and drummer Kelly Heiser. They played throughout Northern California and in late '97 released their self-titled CD. Last year, they released this platter to the masses. BITTER PILLS is full of hook-laden metal. That's the way the band describes it, and, for lack of a better term, I will have to agree. I wanted to call it "pop metal" but then most people would think of keyboard-laden hard rock. That is not what Bad Karma do. They play metal that has hooks and a slight loose punkish vibe.
The metal vibe is certainly there with tracks like “Snap”, “Save Me” (which has a slight White Zombie Thunderkiss 65 thing going on), and “Four Walls” (which is the most metal of the lot). Though the metallic elements are there, punk is shot all over the whole disc in healthy doses. “Never Enough” is simple and straight forward and shows the band's punkier side along with “One Way Ticket” and “Addicted” (a track for which the band has recorded a video). Wilcox has Vain listed as an influence and it shines through on the track “Plastic”. For those of you who have never heard Vain, get the criminally underrated CD "NO RESPECT."
Bad Karma have picked up another member, as Chrissy has joined on lead vocals and bass. She doesn’t appear on this CD but should be an asset in the lead vocal category. This band ain’t the heaviest of metals but if you like a liberal amount of punk and just an all around loose vibe then check out Bad Karma.