Ark
Burn the Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by aggelosm USER (5 Reviews)
July 27th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Flames getting higher , playing with fire.

When the Norwegian progressive metal band Conception announced disbandment during the late 90s, the guitarist and founder member Tore Østby continue his career with the band Ark. Their second album called “Burn the Sun” is their best work to date and yet one of the most overlooked progressive metal albums, featuring the incredible and breathtaking voice of Jorn Lande.

Burn the Sun was released in 2001 and is an effort which has many elements from albums like “In Your Multitude” and “Parallel Minds” by Conception. However, Ark and Østby abandoned the power metal elements (or they just decided to reduce these elements) that were used in most of Conception's works, gone heavier and gave more attention to the progressive details. A characteristic of Tore Østby’s guitar playing is his flamenco and Latin elements. Such elements can be heard in the song ‘Just a Little’ which is one of the most memorable and catchy moments of the album. That’s the positive about this album; most of the songs can stick in your mind.

Jorn Lande’s performance is one of the album’s highlights. His colorful voice can combine softly and emotional melodies with aggressive singing, and such performance can be pointed in the album’s last and longest (9 minutes) song. ‘Missing You’ is a powerful ballad with a great atmosphere and a relaxing first part of peaceful singing and background synths while the second half is characterized with a soft guitar solo and extremely heavy riffs.

Of course the album has its flaws. One of my disappointments is the performance of Tore Østby. Burn the Sun is not even close to what Østby is capable to do with his guitar. His guitar solos are powerful but nothing interesting compared with his Conception performance. Also, the biggest flaw for me is the lack of his flamenco playing. The only song which has this Latin influenced feel, which many people love in songs like ‘Among The Gods’ or ‘A Million Gods’, is the song ‘Just A Little’ which is possibly the best moment of the album.

Burn the Sun is an excellent album with heavy riffs, great vocal performance and memorable musicianship. All the songs are great but... Is this album something that we have not heard before? The answer is ‘No’.


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Mad.
July 27th 2013


4197 Comments


Nice review, pos'd. You're definitely becoming a better writer ;)

scissorlocked
July 27th 2013


3511 Comments


nice work bud! album is really good

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aggelosm
July 27th 2013


471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeap. Album is great.
@Mad. hehe thanks dude. I had a long time to use the English language for a text... I've almost forgot the basics :Ρ

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2013


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I strongly beg to differ with what you wrote in the last two paragraphs, but hey, to each his own, I guess.

The album is pure gold and way better than their debut.

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aggelosm
July 27th 2013


471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes. It's way better.
Sorry, I really prefer his performance with conception than this one.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2013


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this album is better than any Conception album and I really dig Conception, but that's just me.

Detritivore
July 27th 2013


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wow, al last a review for this amazing album. I agree with you in many things, but there still a lot of issues to comment, good things anyway. I think the best of burn the sun is how Good keep all the different slyles tight togheter so well. This can be possible for macaluso, otsby but mainly for jorn lande work, this guy is superb. Other thing is the production, this album sound fresh despite the year was released.

JS19
July 28th 2013


4411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember this album, haven't heard it for years though. Nice review

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JS19
July 28th 2013


4411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Singer sounds like David Coverdale

aggelosm
July 28th 2013


471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, al last a review for this amazing album

someone has to do the dirty job

@Js19. Thanks! Yeap , J.Lande sound like Coverdale indeed!

stabbler
September 21st 2013


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great album

ksoflas
November 19th 2013


459 Comments


Pos'd, nice review.

OmairSh
October 9th 2014


11924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Used to jam so often

IT'S LOOOOOVE THAT FEEDS THE FIIIIREEE

IN FOR DEEESIIIIRE I diiiiie EEEEENDLESSLLYYY



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