Burn Halo
Up From The Ashes


2.5
average

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
July 1st, 2011 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To be fair Burn Halo aren’t entirely unpleasant sounding or unequivocally atrocious, so at least they’ve got that going for them.

It’s incredibly generic to talk about how Goddamn generic a generic mainstream rock album can be, but we’re going to do it anyway because it’s really the only way to describe Burn Halo’s new exercise in unabashed rock mediocrity. For the uninitiated Burn Halo is a hard rock band who tries really hard to be Buckcherry but ends up sounding like a watered down Shinedown/Rev Theory/Hinder/pick your paint by numbers rock band whose main goal is to land a “rock” song and ballad per album on the radio and make a few bucks. Their last album had a quasi-hit called “Dirty Little Girl” which attempted to ape “Crazy Bitch,” and while it wasn’t even close to as deliciously tongue-in-cheek as that guilty pleasure anthem it was fun enough to earn the band some steam and apparently guarantee them another record. It probably took them about 3 minutes to select the song titles for “Up From the Ashes” as monikers like “Alone,” “Shine,” “Stranded,” and “I Won’t Back Down” have been used approximately 7,201 times in the history of music, and just about every single lyric revolves around rudimentary concepts like going nowhere fast by living in the past, walking through the door and how they’ve seen it before, and how sometimes their lives are a bore and don’t even know the f*cking score.

To be fair Burn Halo aren’t entirely unpleasant sounding or unequivocally atrocious, so at least they’ve got that going for them. “Tear It Down,” and “Dakota” are the two singles they’ve put out and are decent rockers that will probably do enough to earn them album number three, but when that time comes they will be faced with the same problem that about 80% of their record sounds like it was written in a name-your-cliché rock factory. There’s nothing wrong with a verse/chorus/verse/bridge formula, but there is a problem when just about every song sounds the same and that sound is one step above sucking ass. The vanilla radio-rock listener who doesn’t mind that Burn Halo has borrowed not one, but two song titles from Heart and one each from Tom Petty, Collective Soul, The Darkness, and Def Leppard might find this palatable. It’s difficult to discern whether “Up From the Ashes” is some kind of metaphor for achieving redemption or if it was an album title they picked from randomly throwing darts at a board of rock clichés, but hopefully next time they come up with something more original or their career might go tits-up quickly. Maybe Burn Halo notices how Buckcherry is still touring despite releasing a total of 2 good songs in 12 years and simply doesn’t care, but it’s a shame as they sound like they can do better than this if they actually tried.



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BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have absolutely no idea what possessed me to listen to this/review this.

random
July 1st 2011


2270 Comments


What is this like? Hinder? I don't think I've ever heard of this band's music.

BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah they have some similarities with Hinder. I think they sound more like a shittier version of Shinedown.

random
July 1st 2011


2270 Comments


By the way, I noticed you name dropped Collective Soul's Shine. I need to get Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. If I go to the thrift store or used CD store, I'll get it. It seems quite easy to find.

BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I like Collective Soul. Thats not their best album though. Its like their 5th best.

random
July 1st 2011


2270 Comments


I only have The Blue Album (Collective Soul, not Weezer).

TheSpirit
July 1st 2011


18001 Comments


I saw these guys live and they are horrible and only make me wish James Hart was still in Eighteen Visions

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BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah its kind of strange how he went from a metalcore band to this

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


7321 Comments


Hahaha great review Hans. This line: there is a problem when just about every song sounds the same and that sound is one step above sucking ass - was the best.

Pos. Maybe even a feature within a couple of days.

BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks Irving but they would never feature a band like this.

Dylan620
July 1st 2011


1054 Comments


Shinedown... paint by numbers rock band whose main goal is to land a “rock” song and ballad per album on the radio and make a few bucks.


No.

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BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

for what its worth Shinedown is the best of that lot.

Dylan620
July 1st 2011


1054 Comments


Can't argue with that. Looking at your ratings for them, I'm honestly quite surprised you described them like that

Blindsided
July 1st 2011


1871 Comments


Hans the lead singer is the same guy from Eighteen Visions.

BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Blindsided, I know, cant believe this dude was in a metalcore band.

Dylan - I think Shinedown do what they do well, but they are entirely unoriginal, thats kind of the point I was going for.

WatchItExplode
July 1st 2011


3314 Comments


This is a really great review Hans, one of my favorites.

I'll inevitably become super pissed when people play this at the bar and everybody sings along, quite possibly while dry humping some whale in hot pants. Most folks around here can't seem to get enough of this crap.

Blindsided
July 1st 2011


1871 Comments


Yeah he sold the fuck out with this bullshit.
Early 18V used to be great.

BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Explode - thanks

Joe - never heard them but they must be better than this.

Acanthus
July 1st 2011


9545 Comments


Loved this, thought the band was dead tbh.

Pos'd!

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BigHans
July 1st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks Acanthus



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