Los Angeles’ KrashKarma can easily be described as one of metal’s most accomplished duos. With an impressive track record, which includes over 3 million views on their YouTube channel, over 100,000 followers on Facebook and more than 600 shows performed around the globe, the band is ready to unveil new material with their 6th studio album entitled “Falling to Pieces” coming on June 23rd, 2023, via Rockshots Records.
Looking behind the facts and figures, the band is one of the only few metal duos with a female drummer and vocalist, and a single guitarist/bassist. From behind the drum kit the energetic Niki Skistimas keeps the rhythm rock-tight as she delivers her seductively-charged vocals; meanwhile, guitarist/bassist and co-vocalist Ralf Dietel brings the material to life with his unique Frankenstein guitar/bass creation. Never before have two people created a sound so immense yet so vibrant.
For the new full-length, the duo wrote and recorded at Karma Kollective Studios in North Hollywood, California along with Ralf Dietel taking on producing, mixing, and mastering plus artwork duties. They are a self-producing duo that can be considered a jack of all trades when it comes to everything from creating to presenting their music.
A representation of the universal human experience, where the blending of differences creates something extraordinary, KrashKarma is intense, raw, dynamic, and electrifying. Featuring 12 tracks, “Falling to Pieces” is a story that will take fans on a journey from start to finish. From the thunderous drum intro and heart-wrenching scream pouring out of Niki Skistimas’ whole being, it sets the stage for what’s to come. From there, the album takes you on a wild ride, with ups and downs that will keep listeners’ ears excited to hear what’s next. KrashKarma has put a lot of effort into crafting a narrative that’s both compelling and epic, with each song building on the last to create a cohesive whole. Along the way, listeners will encounter soaring melodies, crushing riffs, and blistering solos over hammering grooves interplaying with the vocal harmonies between Niki and Ralf that KrashKarma is known for.
“Our fans will absolutely love our new album. It’s heavier and better than anything we’ve ever done before. We are confident that they will be blown away by it. There are all the elements that make our sound our own. Ralf really dove into utilizing every resource available to him to write the most creative riffs and bass lines possible on his prototype guitar/bass instrument, Ms. Frankenstein. We wanted the sound on the record to be as close to how we will play it live as possible and kept that in mind in the recording process. Our fans know we love a good melody and any opportunity to chant together, so there will be plenty of that as well. All the songs represent a significant moment in time for us and we’re excited to share them with the world”, adds drummer/vocalist Niki Skistimas.
Today, the duo presents their first single and the album’s title track accompanied by a music video. The song’s riff is reminiscent of the band In Flames. It starts with a hard-hitting intro, followed by a short half-time verse, and then ends in a bittersweet chorus. When the duo is on tour in the US, they often drive long distances at night and to stay awake, they like to listen to Melo-Death Metal, and that has left its mark on them.
Watch the official video for the homonymous single “Falling to Pieces” below.
The band adds about the track:
“‘Falling to Pieces’ starts off with a melodic heavy riff and within 60 seconds it showcases all the elements that create the monster known as Krashkarma. The lyrics describe the feeling of being lost in darkness, with the protagonist floating somewhere between the stars. They feel like they are slowly falling apart and that their darkness is growing. Like a sense of falling over the edge and being unable to turn back, with the gravity that once held them down no longer working. The song ends with crossing over into the unknown and fading away, like a star in the sky”.
Recommended for fans of Lacuna Coil, In Flames, and Stone Sour, Krashkarma’s “Falling to Pieces” is out on June 23rd, 2023, and is available for album pre-order here.
1. Falling to Pieces
2. 15 Minutes of Pain
3. Survive the Afterlife
4. Tap Dancing Through Minefields
5. Last Rites
6. Voodoo Devil Drums
7. How God Lost Her Virginity
8. Orphans in Zombieland
9. Shut Up
11. mONSTERS eXIT tHE hOPELESS
12. Before the World Moved On
Niki Skistimas – Drums/Vocals
Ralf Dietel – Guitar/Bass/Vocals