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  • Swedish metal band Burst have been getting some strong reviews from important sources, as a formerly extreme band who are moving into greater complexity and maturity with this album. They’re developing strong chops and mature ideas, and that makes this album very listenable and compelling in itself, but there is a certain shortage of personality and uniqueness. As musicians and songwriters, Burst certainly have serious skills. The guitarists and bassist are not afraid to change moods, and explore moodier passages and exotic instrumental breaks. Drummer Patrik Multin is especially impressive in his array of intricate beats, with a full range from aggressive metal jackboot rhythms to slow and sneaky grooves. Meanwhile, singer Linus Jagerskog may seem like a typical nu-metal groaner/screamer at first, but upon repeated listens he reveals some emotion and pathos to match the band’s dark lyrics and inventive musical workouts. Those who are familiar with the Deftones may be reminded of a more mature version of singer Chino Moreno, though that’s for comparison purposes only.

    The progressive metal approach of Burst is best heard in tracks like “The Immateria,” “Flight’s End,” and “Stormwielder.” These compelling songs display some very intricate songwriting, especially with the shifting moods and complex dynamics of which most extreme bands are completely incapable. This makes Burst plenty impressive already, but they still have some work ahead of them, in order to become truly memorable over the long term. They’ve taken their progressive tendencies too far in a few places, especially in the long atmospheric instrumental “It Comes Into View,” which was probably meant to establish a mood in the middle of the album and break the heavy tension. But unfortunately that track drifts into a cloudy haze, as do some codas in other songs. And overall, while Burst are progressing very impressively, most of what they’re doing is exactly what you’d expect from a “progressive” metal band. They’re bursting with emerging skills and maturity, but they haven’t yet injected their own personality into those impressive chops. [~doomsdayer520~]

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a fantastic album. If you are into death, tech/mathcore, prog or pretty much any other type of extreme music, you need to pick this up. All the instumentation is breath taking and quite satisfying. The one area Burst start to lose me on is the vocals, which come across as completely inappropriate at times. When I’m hearing the kind of melodic, grooving and intricate riffs that this band plays, I really don’t expect or want to hear somebody growling over it in an impotent attempt at Meshuggah worship. Those vocals work for some bands, but not for Burst; not all the time, anyway. They have crossed into such panoramic territory, that they should not be held back by the limited scope of so much full on screaming. If this band can learn to infuse even just a slightly more melodic approach to their lead vocals, the world at large will soon be singing praises for Burst.

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was furious when upon realizing that the release was delayed for North America. But it was certainly worth the wait. Burst has done it again, creatinga beautiful texture that breaks bones. I’m surprised that they retained the “sound” of their previous releases. This sounds like a Burst record without being repetative of their previous releases.

    I think people who enjoy Mastodon, Pelican, etc. will VERY MUCH like this release.

    Burst is astonishingly good.

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • BURST – Origo
    Picture taking the powerful assault of: Through Silver and Blood-era, Neurosis. Blending it with Refused’s Shape of Punk to Come, song writing ability. Adding touches of Snapcase like Hardcore drumming and almost Mastodon-Esc guitar parts and you have what would ideally be one of the freshest, most original Metal / Hardcore creations in a long time…. Luckily Burst is able to pull off this amalgamation of styles and have even added beautiful, ambient atmospheric passages. For example the acoustic part in: “It Comes Into View” is almost reminiscent of the works of their current touring mates, Opeth. Even the last track “Mercy Liberation” has parts that would not sound out of place on a Queens of the Stone Age CD.
    Their added vocal diversity actually compliments this album and may even showcase its aggression better than Prey on Life.
    ORIGO would have climbed into my Top 5 of 2005 list had it been released in North America this year. The European Release date was Oct/Nov 2005. So technically this will begin as the best official album of 06 in my eyes!!!
    Favorite Songs: Sever, Slave Emotion, and Stormwielder.
    5 – Stars

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    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Burst are an experimental/avant garde/post hardcore band who have received quite a few glowing reviews. After listening to “Origo” for the first time, the listener might wonder why Burst are so widely acclaimed, but this album is a creeper–it slowly creeps under your skin with each listen. When you have completely absorbed these songs, you should realize that they are quite unique, complex, interesting, sophisticated, powerful, innovative, and almost amazing.

    The majority of this album is quite heavy, but “Origo” really starts to shine when it gets melodic. The first handful of songs, the churning “Where The Wave Broke,” the surging “Sever,” and “Immateria,” do their best to get the listener’s blood pumping, with chunky riffs and throat-straining/shredding yells. The fourth track, “Slave Emotion,” continues in this vein, and is backed by thumping snare drums, and stomping, Mastodon-esque (almost buzzsaw) power chords.

    Song numbers five and six, “Flight’s End” and “Homebound,” are the first partially melodic tunes on here. “Homebound” begins melodically, with a dreamy, mesmerizing string arrangement. Next, “It Comes Into View,” which features a gorgeous, dwindling string arrangement, strummed acoustic guitars, and a sluggish drum beat, is doubtlessly the prettiest song on here.

    Lastly, the remaining two tracks are “Stormwielder” and “Mercy Liberation.” These two songs return this album to its heavier, doomy, lumbering, riff-based roots.

    So, Burst definitely deserve all of the merited, positive reviews. But I cannot stress this enough: “Origo” will most likely take time to grow on you. It isn’t instantly gratifying or accessible, but every time you listen to this album, you’ll discover something new, and thus enjoy “Origo” a little more.

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now