Burden of a Day
OneOneThousand


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
June 18th, 2009 | 50 replies | 10,582 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Burden of a Day finally come into their own with a record that is melodic, heavy, and above all, a record that exceeds all expectations set forth by their generic debut and its mediocre follow-up.

Burden of a Day are a christian post-hardcore band. At this point, many readers will dismiss this band because of that fact. Going into Burden's third album, Oneonethousand, i was not expecting much after the decent but generic debut Pilots and Paper Planes, and the underwhelming sophomore release Blessed Be Our Ever After. I was pleasantly surprised.

While breaking no new ground, Burden has crafted a very solid album that surpassed all of my expectations. Armed with a new singer and two albums worth of experience under their belts, Oneonethousand might just be the album that they need to distinguish themselves as not "just some underOATH ripoff."

There are several noticeable improvements, many of them simple nuances such as the varied guitar riffs that bring something fresh to a stale genre, but the most prominent, and the one that the band benefits most as a whole from, is the vocals. Kyle Samotaitis brings an extremely nice vocal range from his extremely well done clean singing, to his screams that dont sound forced or autotuned to the point where they are beyond natural recognition.

Another improvement is in the music variety on the album as a whole. A small few of the songs do tend to bleed together, but for the most part, they all have distinct instrumentation and vocal deliveries, which keeps the album fresh and entertaining throughout. Whether its the usually cut-and-dry formula of scream-sing dynamics that are done amazingly well here on the track "Remember," or the slow, plodding, mentally enveloping wall of sound created by instrumental track "Oceans," or even an odd choir style of singing on "Isadora Duncan," Burden has managed to create their most focused piece of art.

For all of the praise i have lauded over this album, there are some minor detractions, the main one being that most of this has been done before, by other bands. That being said, it is incredibly well done, and you'd be hard-pressed to find another band of this caliber today.

While all of the tracks are good, there are certainly a few that stand out, and one or two that might grow boring after a few plays. The lead-off track, entitled "Remember" is one of the stand-out tracks. While solid drumming sets the pace for the skilled guitars, the real highlight of this song is the amazing vocals. Kyle's clean singing is at its best on this track, and as the track seamlessly transitions from sing to scream, the proficiency of the screaming is surprising as well. It isn't overly produced, and has a visceral level of raw power to it that most bands lack. The next highlight comes in the form of the track "Oceans." While only 1 minute, 24 seconds long, the slowly unfolding guitar riff catches your ear as it is backed up my a slow, deliberate drum beat. The track following that is one of the ones that might wear thin after a while. "The Shame In Shedding Wool" is as musically and vocally well done as anything so far, but the lyrics are more openly religious, and while not a bad thing, they might turn off some of the listeners not in this for that aspect. The next major highlight is the title track, and is undoubtedly one of the best tracks in the band's catalogue, with a catchy opening riff that develops towards the song's climax, where some ambient noise along with drumming takes focus, and it leads up to one of the only actual breakdowns on this CD, and very well done one at that. The closer "My Forfeit" is a track that is more or less forgettable. It features sing-scream vocals that are nowhere near as well done as on "Remember," but is still an extremely solid track nonetheless, ending with a predictable but pleasant piano outro.

For what this band is, and what they set out to do, they have largely succeeded in putting together the album of their career so far, and I can honestly say it has rekindled my interest in this band after the disappointing last album. I look forward to seeing what this band has in store next.

Recommended Tracks, ranked:

Remember
Isadora Duncan
Oneonethousand
Oceans



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sspedding
June 18th 2009


4759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I like this album but disagree with some points raised. The title track is pretty bad compared to the one that was featured on their myspace with a different singer and the final track I think is pretty good. Overall it didn't quite live up to my own built up expectation following their songs that were put up on myspace.

sspedding
June 18th 2009


4759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty much there are some really good songs but there is also alot of filler.

Comatorium.
June 18th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I can see where youre coming from, but i think that this is a pretty good album, especially considering their last one.

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sspedding
June 18th 2009


4759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah the last one was average at best and showed promise. This one fulfilled in a lot of criteria, particularly in the vocals. Its a harsh 3, its more a 3.5 but i was just a bit disappointed with some of the filler.. Review's ok as well. Fair.

Comatorium.
June 18th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Im just glad that they took the potential from Blessed Be Our Ever After and put out something that is respectable.

TheAbstruseMeaning
June 18th 2009


36 Comments


This looks worth checking out. I liked what I heard on their myspace. Good review, I like your format. Just a suggestion, you may want to put a recommended tracks list at the end, just to finalize it.

XXXpickemgenius
June 18th 2009


139 Comments


I dub thee catchy-core.



Comatorium.
June 18th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It is incredibly catchy, and TAM i'll do that.

loseit13
June 18th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the vocals

Comatorium.
June 18th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^they're among the best i've heard in this particular genre

AmericnZero02
June 18th 2009


3340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This record is slowly growing on me, though I don't think the ending to "Isadora Duncan" ever will.

Comatorium.
June 18th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah its different.

IndieOut
June 19th 2009


498 Comments


New vocalist makes me cringe with his super-highs. I am genuinely sad that Kendall left the band

AmericnZero02
June 19th 2009


3340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^Agreed, Kendall was the s**t.

loseit13
June 19th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't like their last record but this one sounded great from the first second i heard the new vocalist

Comatorium.
June 19th 2009


4114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i love the new vox. their old one was good, but the CD was completely mediocre.

violentmog
June 19th 2009


73 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really digging this, especially the vocals. I can see why someone may be turned off by them, but I also feel like any fan of the genre can at least find some enjoyment from this album.

Donul
July 6th 2009


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have to disagree with most of you on this, i like this album, but I really think the last one was better... especially the vocals were just more fitting, music was also tighter...

LampshadePelican
July 6th 2009


87 Comments


The last one got kinda boring after hearing this one. Was a tad bland as well.

combustion07
July 6th 2009


5352 Comments


I've had this on my computer for awhile, I still need to get around to listening to it.



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