Burning The Masses
Volatile Existence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jewish Dickgirl USER (17 Reviews)
November 1st, 2007 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Southern California's Burning The Masses, describe their sound as, "18 YEAR OLDS MAKIN' GANGSTA SHIET WITH PHAT SWEEPS," and I will admit, the sweeps are indeed phat. A bit sloppy at points, but they're young, so they can only improve.

If you've ever been bored and took the time to look up the top bands for any genre on myspace, you were probably extremely disappointed with what you've found. Search the genre death metal, and you'll get trash like Waking The Cadaver and Wecamewithbrokenteeth, but one band I've stumbled upon has really caught my attention.

Southern California's Burning The Masses, describe their sound as, "18 YEAR OLDS MAKIN' GANGSTA SHIET WITH PHAT SWEEPS," and I will admit, the sweeps are indeed phat. A bit sloppy at points, but they're young, so they can only improve, and besides, these sweeps are phat nonetheless.

One thing I love about this album is how varied it is. The focus of the band seems to be to be as flowingly varied as possible while keeping things aggressive and brutal. Songs vary from extremely melodic At The Gates-esque moments, to relentless Animosity-like deathcore segments, to epic solos reminiscent of a sloppier-early In Flames (with overly wanky sweeping thrown in).

I must emphasize Dane's vocal ability as well, while on their demo he sounded somewhat like a cricket doing highs and a pig attempting lows, he seems to have grown quite a bit... his highs are a nice raspy shriek with a good bit of support, and his lows are absolutely incredible. Arde, the guitarist does some very good inhale parts too, reminiscent of Bear from See You Next Tuesday. There's an especially enjoyable call and response passage betwen Dane and Arde about a minute and a half into Brace For Departure.

The drumming is also extremely impressive, their old drummer was a tad on the sloppy side, but their current drummer, Alex is really tight. He's not the most creative drummer ever, but he brings a lot of groove to the table.

Guitarwise, Burning The Masses' sound is usually somewhat similar to Through The Eyes Of The Dead, but a bit more of a bassy tone, and more tech-oriented, and less melodic death oriented. One of my favorite riffs ever would probably be the opening riff of the fourth track, Cyanide, it just shows what death metal should be, reminiscent of the early era's, but more importantly, reminiscent of a horde of zombies swarming to eat every ***ing face on the face of the Earth.

I must also emphasize that Chris and Arde definitely stand out above the crowd of young death metal bands for their ability to solo... too often have I heard horrible solos from bands like Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murder, however, this guitar duo actually show a promise to one day be like the combo of Jesper Stromblad and Glenn Ljuringstrom. Solos follow a pattern of melody rather than... uhhh... well they make sense, unlike most modern solos.

Overall the only real issue with the album is some sloppy sweeping here and there, and a bit of genericism [which pales in comparison to most bands of the genre], and this'll all most likely improve as they age [let us not forget Animosity].

Highlight tracks:
Brace For Departure
Cyanide
Nailgun Massacre

EDIT: the first song, Doppleganger is a sweet instrumental.



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i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


lolThis Message Edited On 11.01.07

Confessed2005
November 1st 2007


3314 Comments


Some of the BDM solos aren't that bad. Funeral Thirst has a great solo.

Aficionado
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


You can do all of that yourself

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


[quote=Confessed]Some of the BDM solos aren't that bad. Funeral Thirst has a great solo.[/quote]
Yeah, but think about the majority of their solos...This Message Edited On 11.01.07This Message Edited On 11.01.07

Aficionado
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


If you need the mods to add the pic for you, go to the for the mods thread and ask them to.

To edit your review just do the following:

Go to your profile:Edit my reviews: choose which one to edit and edit your review. Simple as that.

Confessed2005
November 1st 2007


3314 Comments


Their latest album had mostly boring, forgettable solos. Most of the solos on Unhallowed were great though. I like the one in Contagion a lot too - some of the ones on Miasma weren't all bad either.

BallsToTheWall
November 1st 2007


44805 Comments


This has some sick cover work. Reminds me a bit of old Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


Thanks, Aficianado.
Confessed: I was mostly talking about the wanky solos on BDM's new stuff.

Aficionado
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


No problem ;)

Crimson
November 1st 2007


1935 Comments


Love the cover art

Metalikane
November 1st 2007


851 Comments


TBDM arent good enough to be called wankers. I feel their solos fit their style. Simple and melodically dark.

Metalikane
November 1st 2007


851 Comments


By the way good review. Im going to check them out.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


I dunno, some of their solos are like HEY LETS PLAY THIS REALLY FAST!!1

And I'm glad my review done piqued somebody's interest.

gasmaskman
November 1st 2007


1006 Comments


The phat sweeps made me check them out. They're really good IMO. Definitely better than that other shit like WTC or WCWBT.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


Well anything is better than those bands. :lol:
Wow, did some fag say this was poorly written? :lol: at kiddies getting butthurt for me making fun of them.This Message Edited On 11.01.07

rasputin
November 1st 2007


14555 Comments


the review isn't bad, just a little short. (PS I didn't neg this).

i am the robots
November 1st 2007


1027 Comments


Everything I write is very brief, look in the S&L section on the forums.

Correction
November 1st 2007


188 Comments


Yeah, I might be dumb, but I didn't neg your review.

If you care, which I'm guessing you don't. This Message Edited On 11.01.07

BallsToTheWall
November 1st 2007


44805 Comments


Two words to cherish. Frozen Eternity, check that shit out motherfuckers.

i am the robots
November 2nd 2007


1027 Comments


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