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  • The five stars are for the DVD. The DVD is amazing, to say the least. It’s awesome to see that Wes has surrounded himself with people as funny and talented as he is. This has got to be one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time, seriously. If you are going to get this, get it for the DVD; I’m currently waiting for a sequel…
    So yeah, I am a huge fan of Cruel Melody, but I have to say that the Cover Your Heart CD blew chunks. Doesn’t really matter to me though, because I felt like I was buying a DVD with a bonus CD. Also, I’m pissed off that they didn’t tour the Bay Area. I mean, the band complains that no one came to the shows, but look at the damn places they were touring. Honestly, come to Santa Cruz, CA, and you’ll fit right in.

    Posted on November 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is an amazing CD! After their debut album I was sure this one would be great and it is! They even did a cover for “Hungry Like the Wolf” in a very catchy way. Definitely worth purchasing if you have the first or like any of their songs!!!

    Posted on November 21, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Wes manages to tackle a group of varied, if not somewhat unpredictable, group of songs from artists such as Duran Duran, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, Cheap Trick, and more. The result is very raw and refreshing as this album was recorded with strickly “vintage” equipment from “before 1990.”

    The artwork is amazing and packaged with a limited dvd with MANY entertaining extras, more so than most bonus material released with discs. You get every Black Light Burns music video as well as a making of, plus tour and backstage footage.

    Posted on November 21, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First a little history:
    Wes Borland started as the original guitarist for that horribly lame band Limp Bizkit. After a few years of hating himself, he dropped out of Limp Bizkit due to creative differences. He would later try a slightly different side project Big Dumb Face, nothing overtly amazing either, allthough many would enjoy it’s odd sense of humour and intentionally rediculous showmanship. More recently, after nearly joing Nine Inch Nails as a tour guitarist, instead he (Borland) started his own industrial project called Black Light Burns. He has also recently been hired as the new guitarist for Marilyn Manson. Wes Borland, despite his “Limp” past is a tremendous musical talent that won’t be going away any time soon.

    My Review Of Cover Your Heart,Etc.,:
    There is not one original track on this album featuring Wes Borland’s voice, allthough there are seven original instrumental tracks at the end of the record. Not all of the songs covered here are done well, but a few certainly are….”Lucretia My Reflection” origianly performned by The Sisters Of Mercy is by far the best track on the record IMO. If you like electronica you’ll probably enjoy “Hungry Like The Wolf” originaly performned by Duran Duran. The song “I am The Sun” they covered by The Swans is pretty goth, dark, doomy, industrial,-verry Ministry sounding. A solid three stars, but not as interresting as BLB’s original material featured on the prior album ‘Cruel Melody’.

    Posted on November 21, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The Good
    If you’re not familiar with the group, Black Light Burns is the latest outfit lead by former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borlan. The group follows up their debut album with this covers album. Faded screams and driving guitar tones dominate “Forkboy.” “So Alive” has been given a complete make over. The tempo is sped up and the vocals are more electronic than seductive.

    “Hungry Like the Wolf” captures a bit of it’s original sound in the chorus, but the verse sections take on a life of their own. Subtle but meaty riffs lead the charge on “Lucretia My Reflection.” This is also the best vocal performance. “The Art of Self-Defense” is strictly a guitar show. “Blood Red Head on Fire” focuses on intense vocals. Although the album is a strict covers affair, the last bach of songs are Black Light Burns instrumentals.

    The Bad
    The song list is a bit obscure. I don’t see the point of throwing in the short instrumentals at the end.

    The Verdict
    If you know the songs on the album, then you’re sure to enjoy it. I’m willing to bet that you haven’t really heard them though. The concept of covering not-so popular songs is good in theory, but most people like to compare to how the original was. The songs that work best are the ones that actually have a vocal melody. The ones that don’t are just screams and effects. Unfortunately, there are more of those to choose from. Wes Borlan has always been a bit avant-garde and his work with Black Light Burns is no different.

    Posted on November 21, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now