Burn In Silence
Angel Maker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
November 25th, 2007 | 15 replies | 2,998 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Epic metalcore that is ferocius. I suck at intros.

To be honest, I don't know much about Massachusetts. I've never been there although I have family there. I do know this. Massachusetts has been a hot bed of activity towards the music scene for as long as I’ve known. Metal, hardcore and Punk have dominated over the years with their driven style of play and numerous quality bands that seem to pop out of there. Metal has been lead by the likes of Overcast since the early beginnings and gradually passed the torch to Shadows Fall. The punk scene has stayed strong primarily to Irish punk ring masters, "Dropkick Murphy’s", and "Flogging Molly. Hardcore has seen a huge re emergence in Boston thanks to such ferocious acts, "Bury Your Dead" and "The Acacia Strain". Ferocity that they have borrowed from local metal core masters "Converge". Converge seemed to have left quite an impact on the scene, inspiring many young metal bands to get to their feet and play searing music. "Diecast, "Killswitch Engage", and "Unearth" have left a huge dent upon the metal scene. How Massachusetts got blessed with such a strong music scene, is beyond me. Maybe it was that little tea incident in the past that ended in a riot and death. All I know is this. This state has a lot of aggression.

Burn In Silence is a young metal core band that has spawned out of Boston. They merge many different elements form the Metal world around the basic metal core structure of which they play. Elements of many bands can be heard throughout while still managing to find a niche of their own. The chorus of one of the numerous highlights "The Age In Which Tomorrow Brings " has a slight feel of past Fear Factory. The ferocity of Converge can be heard throughout the rabid guitar work, pounding drums, and vocal work. The guitars are heavily influenced by the Gothenburg sound, thats not necessarily a bad thing though. The drumming recalls of death metal's greats with great speed and diversity . Together, the band are a tight unit, writing songs that are extremely catchy yet still maintaining their extreme metal roots.

At a whole, the guitar structure has the essence of some of Sweden's finest. They still incorporate plenty of American groove into their music, cementing a base of fast and technical riffing before dropping into crushing breakdowns. The breakdowns are played at top level and used to full effect when the song merges with the keyboard work. The breakdowns are structured well and leave a crushing impact that many bands are not capable of pulling correctly. This is because the keyboard work intermingles with the guitars, leaving a haunting and somewhat dramatic effect upon the listener. Ben Schulkin's keyboard work relays from ominous tones to symphonic passages, adding a black metal feel to the environment. There is some occasional piano work as shown in excellence to the ending of "Watching Dead Leaves Fall" Drumming is stellar thanks Darren Cesca. The double bass patterns are extremely fast and the blast beats are hard hitting and full of thickness. As the tempo begins to shift slower, Darren still lies down a lot of cool patterns and fills. Vocals are presented well here. Chris's primary tone revolves around a hardcore growl then switching to his clean voice. His harsh voice is full of aggression and strength that many vocalist's lack. Loud and forceful, the voice demands attention from those that listen. As a clean vocalist, Chris is solid. Never emitting any sort of a whine, his voice has power, making the choruses big and booming. Bass is not heard often, as it plays little part in the musical mayhem.

Wrapping all this together, the production is strong and captures each moment with precision. Drum patterns are crisp and clear and the guitar work is buzzing with groove. The keyboard work is pristine, at times recalling of symphonic giants, "Dimmu Borgir". Vocal work is produced to the best as possible. Ken Susi has done a great job manning the oars and solidified his credentials with this album. This disks proof that Massachusetts is still capable of churning out quality metal. Each song has their own unique personality that helps stand out from the others. No two songs sound alike. Some rely more on the keyboards, and some rely more on the basic instruments. In the end, “Burn In Silence” has the ability to create well structured songs that are as catchy as they are heavy.

"Burn In Silence" has released a metal core album to be proud of. Standing out from everyone else and trying to add new elements to an already over crowded genre, they succeed with this fine debut that surpasses most aggressive music that is being produced today. While not as well known as some of the more popular keyboard driven metal bands like "The Devil Wears Prada" or "Bleeding Through", they manage to one up their peers and deliver an album that tops anything those bands have ever accomplished. Fans of metal in general will find something to enjoy about this album as this is not your typical run of the mill metal core band that's sponsored by Hot Topic.

Pros:

Solid instrumentation

Accessible, heavy yet melodic.

Unrelenting, much harder than your typical metal core band these days.

Strong vocals, clean and harsh.

Cons:

Swedish guitars are quite abused.

Could be more diversity between the verse to chorus transition.


Chris Harrel- Clean/Harsh Vocals.
Alex Glassman- Guitar
Max Lavelle- Bass
Darren Cesca- Drums
Ben Schulking- Keyboards



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foreverendeared
November 25th 2007



14678 Comments


right away i see you used "Too" istead of "to" on the first word. good review otherwise and i'll check this out

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wrote furiously until the end where I got distracted with people wanting to read my stuff and nfl. Either way, this band is underrated and is pretty sick.

foreverendeared
November 25th 2007



14678 Comments


is this Unearth-ish metalcore?

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hard to say because they don't sound like your typical metalcore bad. Listen to their myspace.

foreverendeared
November 25th 2007



14678 Comments


just checks out a couple of their songs from this on their myspace and it is definitely pretty sick.

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No love for BIS from the allmighty Sputnikmusic members I see. Your loss you bufoons. Still, great album thatpeople should check.

botb
November 25th 2007



9560 Comments


I checked them out. They're pretty good. I'll be looking into more of them. thanks for the recommendation.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2007



16263 Comments


Good review dude, but this makes me nervous:

Swedish guitars are quite abused.


Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

BallsToTheWall
November 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not much of a fan of most metalcore but I love this just as much as Heaven Shall Burn. The guitar work isn't as ripped off as Callenish Circle, but has traces here and there. Check their myspace, this is some solid stuff that goes unappreciated here.

Confessed2005
November 26th 2007



3314 Comments


This band sound pretty cool. Massachusetts certainly boasts a ridiculous amount of talented bands.

mynameis6
November 26th 2007



8 Comments


i just saw them play saturday, and what a show, great guys as well,everyone should give em at least one listen, and no, there not like unearth.

jrowa001
November 26th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like this album, its a good listen

Pebster49
January 9th 2008



2991 Comments


My god is the double bass track turned up a bit. You can't even hear the singer/growler at times.

TheSpirit
January 26th 2010



17183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first half of this album kicks the second halves ass. The ending of Rebirth is epic

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

BallsToTheWall
January 26th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Depressed this band broke up. So promising.


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