FACT
burundanga


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
January 15th, 2012 | 39 replies | 9,805 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: they're back and that's a fact.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

When attempting to write this review, I came across a stumbling block. My expectations for this album were so low that despite the album's competence, I imagined nonexistent cons. I expected this to be their worst release, considering the slippery slope they had been sliding down ever since their magnum opus, self-titled album. FACT have always played fairly uplifting pop-punk/post-hardcore, with soaring melodies boosted by the lead singer's clean, easily digestable vocals. Previous releases (In the Blink of an Eye and Eat Your Words), however, forgot this formula, instead utilizing blistering speed and ridiculous agression to fill in the gaps they clearly neglected. Athough their energy was commendable, without substance to back it, the band's efforts felt dry and lacking. This was all before burundanga, however, which shows a band remembering who they actually are, therefore becoming the band's second strongest release. The moral of the story? Never lose hope.

Overall, burundanga is a fun pop-punk/post-hardcore album, and FACT's most consistently solid effort. Their current formula is what has always been the underlying theme of their music, but this time more focused - supremely melodic, uplifting music. Many Lion King moments in the album exist, with epic choruses, shout along sections, etc., that FACT have lacked since their self-titled album. When the band's passion is channeled through glorious melodies, larger than life proclamations, their energy is welcome and not wasted. A few songs drag from the stylistic change, but other than that, the transition works.

I suppose with the band's transition to a more melodic, easily listenable core, some may consider this album much too average. FACT are a still crazy band, however, often dabbling with metallic riffs, also using gang vocals and harsh vocals. On top of that, this is a fairly diverse album, including more electronic elements than before, stirring them in gently for a smidgen of extra spice. Other times their electronic elements take over songs for interesting tracks like '1-4' where they go mad with breakcore. That type of willingness to explore unknown boundaries is old school FACT, which proves that they are indeed back. If any further proof is necessary, however, I would advise listening to burundanga, for it's quite a fun album. They have refined their style to an elegant point, and the result is certainly worth listening to.



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pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This will definitely be on my year end list.

Scoot
January 15th 2012



17715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first album was great

i'll check it out

bloc
January 15th 2012



34739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's pretty disappointing.

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors

bloc
January 15th 2012



34739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I had it at a 3.5 initially, but realized I was being too generous.

The self titled album is a classic to me, and In The Blink Of An Eye was great (not as good), but this is sounding like a weaker man's In The Blink...

LtotheG
January 15th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album

Rev
January 15th 2012



9404 Comments


If this is their best since the S/T I really, really need this right now

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2012



31056 Comments


posthardcore


Not one word - you did this last time with electrohouse

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dangnabbit!

Rev
January 15th 2012



9404 Comments


Dagnabbit**

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2012



31056 Comments


and FACT's most consistently good effort.


This reads kind of strangely as well

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Rev: Alright I fixed that too lol

Hmm yes it does Dev

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What makes it boring for you (out of curiosity)?

crazyblinddude
January 15th 2012



3389 Comments


Yay more FACT.

LtotheG
January 15th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guitar wasn't the best, but the vocals more than made up for it imo

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I guess the guitar work isn't that good, and especially pales in comparison to Eat Your Words, which was totally guitar driven.



bloc
January 15th 2012



34739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eat Your Words was equally disappointing

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A bloc review of this would be interesting.

bloc
January 15th 2012



34739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A bloc review would be interesting

pizzamachine
January 15th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, too bad you don't review.

LtotheG
January 15th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will have to settle for a Bloc sound-off instead



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