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Burn In Silence: Angel Maker

Burning In Silence's debut on Prosthetic Records is a blistering metal album of massive thrash guitar riffs, sweeping keyboards, jackhammer rhythms, and a mix of growling and clean vocal styles. Fans of God Forbid, Lamb of God, Bleeding Through, and Unearth will no doubt rejoice at the multitude of crushing riffs, catchy hooks, and brutal arrangements contained throughout these ten tracks. A song like "Primal Human Pain" encompasses everything that is so cool about this band, with intricate riffs, piledriver drum blasts, mounds of keyboards, and the catchy clean vocals of Chris Harrell, who as soon as he gets you hooked with some melodic passages then unleashes plenty of bloodcurdling screams for good measure.

Angel Maker is extreme, it's progressive, and most of all enjoyable. Burn in Silence might not be the most original band you will hear this year, but damn if they don't have the tools to make a splash in the metal pond. Definitely a band to look out for in the very near future.

Track Listing
1. Lines From An Epitaph
2. Rebirth
3. The Age In Which Tomorrow Brings
4. Embrace The Plague
5. Primal Human Pain
6. Angel Maker
7. Judging Hope
8. Well Adjusted
9. Watching Dead Leaves Fall
10. World of Regret

Added: September 15th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2207
Language: english

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Burn In Silence: Angel Maker
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-09-15 05:42:20
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Burn In Silence will instantly win over a lot of fans with their Prosthetic Records debut Angel Maker for the album is a cornucopia of styles and heaviness that are all very relevant in today's music scene. The crushingly heavy record offers blast-beat drumming along with the pre-requisite growling singer along with intense levels of guitar riffs. While it could have remained a solid effort at that, the band also changes up the mix a little bit by offering a strong melodic vocal and harmonies to many of the songs. This adds additional strength to their musical power and it's a bit in line with what their label mates All That Remains have done with their new album "The Fall Of Ideals". The difference in the two bands is defined by Burn In Silence use of the keyboards and piano on the recording. This helps them stand out a little more than some of the other Melodic Metalcore bands. They help to lead the charge in the genre by trying this out and show levels of progression over their peers as opposed to those who choose to merely hold the reins tight and refuse change. The six-member lineup consists of Chris Harrel (vocals), Mike Casavant (guitar), Alan Glassman (guitar), Darren Cesca (drums), Max Lavelle (bass) and Ben Schulkin (keyboards) to their credit the large membership does not trip over itself on the recording and instead all seem to compliment each other very well. The albums title "Angel Maker" according to Casavant, "is a play on words about a guy who is killing people but at the same time is making Angels". The track is also one of the more brutal aspects of the release. This sense of duality is present across much of the album as the band aims to separate themselves from the crop of similar bands and showcase that they are something fresh and different on a number of levels. Songs that stood out for me right off the bat was opener "Lines From An Epitaph", "The Age In Which Tomorrow Brings" and "Watching Dead Leaves Fall"; the reasoning for each would be with the intricacy of the first track, the potential for a hit in the second and the unique piano Outro of the third. Each of these songs gives you a fair sampling of the overall sound of the band.

Downsides would be that while this is intense and has some great melodic moments the band still needs to aim their bar a little higher. Some of the riffs sound repetitive along with some drum patterns and in order for them to move forward and be more of a break through band they should seek out some changes in these areas. It's a fine debut that I feel fans of All That Remains and Atreyu might enjoy and I think as a whole, Burn In Silence is a band that shows some serious promise for the future of the genre.

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