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On disc: Burnt By The Sun

- The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

The Perfect Is The<br>Enemy Of The Good

The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good
(Relapse Rec. - 2003)

Burnt By The Sun was founded in late 1999 by longtime friends David Witte (Discordance Axis, ex-Human Remains) and John Adubato. Soon the line-up was completed with bassist Ted Patterson (ex-Human Remains) and singer Mike Oleander (ex-Endeaver). A second guitarist was added and soon they entered the studio to do a first demo. Now they release the follow-up of their debut Soundtrack To The Personal Revolution. After the release they toured a lot and played Japan's largest rock festival which is called Beast Feast with Slayer, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and Motörhead.
The album kicks off with the intro Abril los Ojos which has sounds from machines and the din of people talking, then a metallic hardcore storm breaks loose with Washington Tube Steak. The band works with breaks and so has a progressive touch for a hardcore act. Heavy guitars and pounding bass build the basis for shouter Mike Oleander. But beside the slower parts they also add some faster parts. Very interesting. The songs are really heavy and mainly the vocals add some aggressive touch. Burnt By The Sun sounds different to the known hardcore bands, coz they add different influences to their sound. In a way similar to Candiria, but different! Similar is that both bands use elements which usually can't be found in the hardcore genre. For example Forlani probably open-minded death metal fans find interesting. It's a fast track, not a hyperfast blast... Mid-tempo parts, after 90 sec. they speed up and has elements of the Swedish death metal. Tracks 6, 10 and 14 (a long beep) are sound pieces presented by symbols in the track list. No. 10 is some human din.... An intro for Spinner Dunn which sounds quite different in comparison to the other tracks. Slower and with an interesting guitar line. Later staccato guitar riffing, then back to the main theme. Another break and the song sounds totally different. Listen to this one, but be aware that this one doesn't represent the album! A more representing track is Pentagons And Penta­gram. Or try Patient 957 which is more based into hardcore then some other tracks, but shows the heaviness of this band.
An interesting album for fans of heavy music who can handle hardcore, death metal and other influences. Hard to describe a musical mixture like this one, so check it out! Make up your mind!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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