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  • I bought the “pre-release package” with the T-shirt.

    I’ve been a big fan of Burst for some years now, and they continue to deliver.

    I think it’s funny how they said this album is a little “different” …that’s exactly what Burst means to me. Something a little different.

    The song “Nineteenhundred” is a great jam, all members firing on all cylinders.

    I really like Mastodon and I consider them to be one of the few worthwhile Burst contemporaries. But I don’t know why Burst is not as big as them. (Baroness is great too).


    Posted on January 7, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • There is a whole dictionary filled with words that cannot accurately describe this complex and articulate musical achievement. Burst have created an instant classic and certainly one of the best albums of 2008 with “Lazarus Bird.”

    This albums climbs and twists in so many various themes and styles it could have easily been a mess. However, it more closely resembles fractal geometry with random patterns becoming a single beautiful image. This album ascends to a crescendo of musical aestheticism that has not been matched in a long time.

    Balanced and forceful, “Lazarus Bird” starts with something simple but then explodes into an array of styles and dimensions. Your mind will never be the same. Beyond the rocking metal riffs are soft melodic interludes, intense mechanical guitar work and explosive vocals and percussion.

    Burst already have established themselves as innovators. However, they have kicked everything up a notch with this album. “Origo” and “Prey” were both standout albums but here we have a whole new step forward. They have surpassed themselves and many others with this new effort.

    If you want to rock, look no further than this album. Packed full of intensity and intelligence, this is much more than a bunch of metal songs. It is a musical journey that pummels you one moment and then delicately lifts you upward eventually leaving you breathless.

    Fans of Tool, Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me or Meshuggah should buy this immediately without thinking. Everyone else, buy it anyway. It will be the best money you have spent on music in a long time. I know it was for me.

    Posted on January 7, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Take the angular, dirty riffs of Mastodon, a pretty heft amount of Pink Floyd-ish ambient psychedelia, the genre-twisting dynamics of Intronaut, and the songcraft of Opeth… put them in a blender and pour them out and the resulting mess would sound something like this masterful, epic album.

    Burst has taken the idea of metalcore (more Starkweather or Switchblade Symphony, less Killswitch Engage and older Trivium) and expanded upon it in ways I don’t think people would think were possible. Combining elements of a lot of their peers without sounding like ripoffs, a propensity for post-rock aesthetics, and some absolutely killer riffs that shred with the best of them, Lazarus Bird is an incredible work of art.

    If you’re a fan of Mastodon, Isis, Intronaut, or Opeth, this is something you need to hear. To bear witness to the crushing riffs of album closer “City Cloaked” give way to a delicate, almost Sergio Leone wisp… to hear the sharp riffs of “I Exterminate the I” play hopscotch with deep psychedelic sections… it’s all incredible.

    Amazing album from an amazing band. Few do it as well, and barely anyone does it better than Burst.

    Posted on January 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now