Burning The Masses
Mind Control


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
January 5th, 2009 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This brand of Technical Metal will make you turn your head in surprise, but so will hundreds of other CD's out there.

I found myself getting into hardcore at a young age. Where I used to have stacks of Greenday and Fall Out Boy CD’s, I find myself now with what people would call “death metal”. The problem with the genre would be it’s getting crowded. There are hundreds of knockoff artists watering it down and making it big with the 14-16 year old crowd, but for the true metal experience, it’s a smaller field. More and more technical metal artists strive for the kind of fame gained by a few groups (Cynic and Between the Buried and Me, for example). The main problem with music is originality.

Burning the Masses don’t put out a generic album, it’s quite refreshing. The guitarists definitely know their way around the instrument, the drummer is superb, and the vocalist is great. Bass, as usual, is somewhere in the distance doing it’s own thing. The songs themselves are heavy, intense, and somewhat memorable. More often than on most tech metal CD’s, you can tell some of the songs apart. What really set this CD above others is the solo’s. When the guitars are just laying down the riffs for a verse, it’s fast. The solo’s are something totally else. Cyanide, around 2:03, starts picking up for the most intense solo on the album. It’s amazing these lads are between the ages of 18 and 20. Being young and a musical prodigy is not unheard of in hardcore, but they definitely know how to shred.

The things I like about the album would be that it’s fast paced. It won’t leave you bored. Also, it stays away from a lot of stereotypes. This is not a breakdown heavy album, but when there is a breakdown, it’s pretty memorable. For example, “Nailgun Massacre” around 0:49 starts picking up to a semi-breakdown with some nice sweeps and good double bass. The guitarists shredding is spectacular, and the drummer should be noted for being more technical than Grandpa when you start asking him about the war. He knows how to use a kit. Great fills (Check out the outro to the title track), amazing double bass, and his blast beats are incredible. The bassist is good at keeping the flow behind the songs, which I think helps them be set apart from some bands who have a disconnected feeling to their songs.

In short, young lads manage to push out an impressive shred-fest with a lot of promise behind them. Being their first full length, I’m very excited to see what happens with this group.



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AngelPhoenix
January 5th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really nice first review, short but descriptive. This sounds pretty solid, will check this asap.

asdemonsburn
January 5th 2009


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of the few deathcore bands I like, great album.
The guitarists definitely make this band stand out, the're on par w/ some tech death bands but still sloppy at times. the Band definitely has potential

gaslightanthem
January 5th 2009


5209 Comments


Bass, as usual, is somewhere in the distance doing it’s own thing.

that line is great - it made me laugh. it just conjures up some pretty amusing images

Zippermouth
January 5th 2009


1305 Comments


^lol if he's only playing open notes he has one hand free right?

AngelPhoenix
January 5th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, this is actually a lot better than I was expecting, the change-ups/breakdowns are actually intelligent and the brutality doesn't come off forced.

gaslightanthem
January 5th 2009


5209 Comments


:eek: :naughty:

Bitstream
January 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha Thanks, I've Always Wanted To Write A Review And I Was Surprised This Isn't A More Popular Band.

VIPchaseB
January 6th 2009


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Favorite songs? Im not so sure i want to buy the whole album just yet...

Essence
January 6th 2009


3595 Comments


Dude That's Really Cool Sometimes I Want To Write A Review Too But I have Trouble Because It's So Hard To Remember All The Punctuation And Grammar Rules That After Awhile I Get Tired Of Trying To Do Everything By Memory And I Give Up Isn't That Sad?

gaslightanthem
January 6th 2009


5209 Comments


ahahaha

alytee123
January 6th 2009


23 Comments


[quote]the drummer should be noted for being more technical than Grandpa when you start asking him about the war[quote]

Best line in a review I've ever read xD

Good review, im definitely gonna check this band and album out.

Shitpants
January 6th 2009


30 Comments


They're boring live unfortunatly. At least from what I remember.

MIGHT check this out.

iamthenightmare
January 6th 2009


754 Comments


the drumming actually recorded on the album is actually rather sloppy and over-the-top, but live it comes together much better.

except for the fact that no one moves and the vocalist is the least funny guy i have ever heard at a show.

asdemonsburn
January 6th 2009


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah if this band wants to go further in the "scene" they'll need a better vocalist. He's sucks live and has as much stage presence as a water bottle

Bitstream
January 7th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whenever I hear the solo In "Cyanide" I have to just sit there and listen. It's not ground breaking, but it's extraordinary.

A7XEric
January 8th 2009


313 Comments


These kids are good, hell even great for their age, but I couldn't really get into this album too much. A lot of the riffs are really bland and make the album a bore to listen to at times.

AngelPhoenix
January 8th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree about the riffs, but their breakdowns, stop-starts, and rather intuitive change-ups keep things interesting. It definitely sounds amateurish overall, but also confident and energetic. One hell of a debut imho.

also, these guys are probably the only band outside of unearth whose breakdowns I think are actually anything more than blah. This Message Edited On 01.08.09

AngelPhoenix
January 8th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, and the soloing is sweet, even saves a couple of the tracks from kind of sucking (Cyanide, Arms Raised, Eyes Closed).

Hysterical
January 27th 2009


161 Comments


This is a solid album, however nothing about it is memorable for me. The drummer is the best in the scene, that I can think of.

AngelPhoenix
January 27th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's true, this doesn't really stick with you, but man it kicks my ass every time I put it on.



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