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.
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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.
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
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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