Everything Burns

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Written by: TL on 30/03/2010 01:06:32

As you may have noticed from following my reviews for a while, I lately haven't covered anything but promos from bands most of you have never heard about, and that I have hardly been very positively surprised by more than a few of them. One that has surprised me, however, is Britain's latest something-something-core five piece Everything Burns, whose debut album "Home" has been sent to me for review.

These five dudes trade in a musical expression that lies dead in between the most pseudo-metallic of emocore (Funeral For A Friend, Finch, Senses Fail) and the most melodic and shiny of metalcore, but given the all-dominating clean lead vocals on offer here, I'd say fans of the former are probably more likely to enjoy this. And about those clean vocals, let's get started on praising Everything Burns for being delightfully different from normal scene bands, and especially the oh-so-trendy American clones of the moment. This record, ladies and gentlemen, contains something as rare as a use of autotuner that is so restrained that I can't even tell you for sure that it's there! And while there are breakdowns, they are limited to maximum one per song and mostly they fit the songs as extensions, rather than momentum-ruiners. Fan-fuckin'-tastic! Why aren't more bands like this?

So anyway, what we have, to be specific, are eleven songs of fast-paced, hyper-melodic, no-bullshit metallic music, aimed straight for the domains of what's 'inspirational' and 'captivating'. Their charge is, as I mentioned, spearheaded by a quite capable clean vocalist who adds a nice strain to his rather manly (the genre taken into consideration) voice, and he is aided on many a suitable occasion by gang vocals and screams, and I keep having Escape The Fate's "Guillotine" song pop into my head when I listen to it. That and The Morning After, except EB are no where near as OTT in their approach.

All of this would of course not amount to much if it didn't come with good songs, and thankfully, EB deliver in this department. Right off the bat, "Scars" opens strong and has a good chorus, and after a slight lull in "Home", the band parades one sticky chorus after another in "I'd Die For You", "Me Vs. You", "Beautiful Disaster" and "Burden Of Being A Hero", and basically, that's half a record full of easily memorable and enjoyable stuff for you. If you're wondering what I'm talking about when I complain about lack of memorability in other reviews, this, ladies and gentlemen, is it, and after such a consistent showing of it, the remainder of the record also appears entertaining, even if it isn't quite AS catchy.

Or is it? In truth it might be, but I might have just not discovered it, due to the record's main drawback. This record, you see, in spite of its considerable merit, is also one suffering of a good old case of "the same song rewritten eleven times" syndrome. And while fans of the "if it ain't broken, don't fix it"-attitude will of course not mind, from a critical point of view, a lack of variety such of this can easily bar an album from the upper echelons of gradings. However, for a debut, this is all muscular and confident, and it beats the shit out of five in six promos generally sent my way.

Download: Scars, Beautiful Disaster, Burden Of Being A Hero, I'd Die For You
For The Fans Of: Funeral For A Friend, Therefore I Am, Escape The Fate's "Guillotine", The Morning After
Listen: myspace.com/everythingburnsband

Release Date 22.02.2010
Rising Records

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