The Browning
Burn This World


3.5
great

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2011 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Browning build monumentally on their past releases, expanding both the deathcore influences and the techno/electronic influences with Burn This World. Be warned, however. If you didn't like the band or genre before, you won't like it now.

Before I begin, let me preface the review by stating that I am well aware of the extreme opinions of this band and others of its kind here on Sputnik, and I recognise the risks I am taking for providing a positive review for such an unpopular band and album. It is my personal opinion that, if you were to take away all electronic/techno influences and sounds, this album would make an excellent deathcore release. If you have a disagreement with my reasoning, or you merely don't like the band/genre, that's fine. Useless, needless attacks are not fine. Please keep them to a minimum.

Since their self-titled LP, I feel that The Browning has been a well-organised and well-executed combination of electronica-based music and accessible deathcore. The sound engineers knew how to balance The Browning's influences without the mix devolving into chaos, and that's quite an accomplishment considering what they had to fuse together. The result of the "techno-deathcore" experiment was a very desirable sound that was genuinely fun for some to listen to, but one of the band's major faults was that the physical guitar- and drumwork weren't very complex or difficult to execute. In essence, one could argue that the band uses its electronica-based sound to cloak the chug-chugs and bland riffs. It was a gimmick, but it paid off, at least for the better part of their career, and that is probably the reason for a lot of the band's detractors. With that in mind...

...Burn This World ups the ante considerably from their last full-length, the self-title, in terms of technical proficiency and "getting out of their comfort zone", so-to-speak. Doing away with the old, overused chugs and riffs of past releases, Burn This World establishes a much heavier presence. The influences on both sides of the band's spectrum have expanded exponentially - this record sounds heavier than their self-title, and the techno influences are now much, much more prominent without sacrifising the band's force. The Browning has crafted a powerful record that's chock full of meaningful lyrics, strong drum tracks (a previously-mediocre aspect of the band, in my opinion), and more technically-proficient riffage that mops the floor with their old chugging. From the get-go, Burn This World is an onslaught of strong deathcore influences mixed with a technical sound that is a brutal assault of its own. The introductory track, "No Escape", stunned me upon my first listen as I wasn't truly sure what to expect from this album. The follow-up track, "Not Alone", serves as a more in-depth prelude to the sheer awesomeness that your ears will be introduced to at the hands of The Browning. Indeed, the band has furthered its sound even more than I predicted. A few exceptions remain - the re-recordings of "Standing On the Edge" and "Time Will Tell" don't change up the formula very much from the past records, but they sound much better and fit well with the new record. I can't, with any measure of seriousness, say that there's a bad song on this album - I enjoyed it from start to finish, which is an accomplishment in my book.

Burn This World feels like a logical step forward from their past releases, but nothing is perfect. I feel that they should have focused more on the guitar riffage and possibly included solos where they would be most beneficial to the mix. Imagine a solo backed by drums and some techno effects. Awesome. The lyrical themes of this record are indicative, as always, of a powerful and confident view of the world the corrupt society that lies within. One of my favourite aspects of this band is that their views are intelligent, mature, and outspoken, without being excessively vulgar like other bands of their genre. They show both force and reserve with their lyrics and their sound in general, which shows that they know what they're doing. This is extremely refreshing, because as I've stated in my past reviews for deathcore (see Chelsea Grin, Suicide Silence), the genre is tired of all these half-assed attempts. With such a wonderful mix of powerful techno and technically-proficient deathcore, complete with mature, well-thought-out lyrics, this band is easily one of my favourites, and Burn This World is easily one of the more enjoyable records I've had the privilege of listening to this year. The fans will be pleased, and many others will despise it. That's this band's lot in the music industry. Burn This World isn't as good as it could have been, but it shows that the band is moving up and starting to work towards a more proficient skill level.

Recommended Tracks:
1.) "No Escape"
2.) "Not Alone"
3.) "Bloodlust"
5.) "Burn This World"
6.) "Ashamed"
10.) "Tragedy of Perfection"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FrankRedHot
December 22nd 2011


6448 Comments


I don't get this. You're a very competent writer, but god, does your taste in music suck horribly.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


21965 Comments


a rare breed

Pr0nogo
December 22nd 2011


373 Comments


Frank, are you referring solely to this or my taste in metal in general? I'm curious.

FrankRedHot
December 22nd 2011


6448 Comments


I don't know how to clarify that any more for you.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


50388 Comments


Have you even heard Death?

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FrankRedHot
December 22nd 2011


6448 Comments


His ratings tell us he hasn't

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


21965 Comments


"does your taste in music suck horribly."
Even I can understand that

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011


28526 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

he can't be that competent he's from europe

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Ovrot
December 22nd 2011


10495 Comments


tee hee
The Browning


Pr0nogo
December 22nd 2011


373 Comments


LOL SO RANDOM XD

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7143 Comments


not really a fan of this.

Pr0nogo
December 22nd 2011


373 Comments


I saw your comment in the other review. It's very exclusive, I feel - a miniscule niche. For what it's worth, I feel like they're on their way to improving.

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7143 Comments


they have potential that's for sure. But this just doing much for me.

asaf
December 22nd 2011


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"The Browning build monumentally on their past releases, " who cares. this album is poopy poop.

Pr0nogo
December 22nd 2011


373 Comments


AFAIK it's actually named after the rifle.

iambandersnatch
December 22nd 2011


1480 Comments


never listened to this so can't comment on the actual music, but man that's a bad band name

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2011


6110 Comments


he can't be that competent he's from europe






:-P




Come on guys, this album has 7 "3.5" ratings, obviously some people see some quality in this (i haven't listened to the album so as to comment any further).

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burningbeard
December 23rd 2011


113 Comments


The turding.

Pr0nogo
December 23rd 2011


373 Comments


I find it strange that people are citing my heritage as backing for my alleged incompetence. Oh well.

Now to post more reviews... mer-ha-ha...

TomAkaVeto
March 12th 2012


1641 Comments


Wow, this might even be worse than Design The Skyline. This is utter garbage.



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