"BURST have come up with an unexpected classic...truly essential" - KERRANG!"blistering energy...vast panoramas...immensely powerful and essential" - ROCK SOUND "an unusually textured exploration of hardcore and NEUROSIS-esque atmospherics" - TERRORIZER … see full wiki
I kick myself for not hearing this band sooner. Another awesome Swedish band too, is it something about their stupidly high taxes that makes people wanna make some kcik-azz tunes? I forget what motivated me to buy this, but thank goodness I did. Because PURE AWESOME is how I would describe Burst's _Origo_. For lack of descriptive ability, it is often helpful to appeal to comparison. Here it is a struggle, but not too long ago I realized that one may get an evocative idea of them by taking Isis or Cult of Luna as an abstract starting point -- the glacial flow and development, the chapter or movement like approach to its soft-heavy-soft-heavy-etc dynamic structure, the method of riff and texture, the dry powerful voice of the singer. From here one derives Burst by take a similar approach to textured guitars, bass, and effects, staying closer to standard song form (y'know like verses and choruses and stuff), writer shorter cuts that change more often. The music is super heavy like Isis, but not really because of the guitar distortion. Well yes partly because of that, but more because of the overall texture and production. You'll hear this right away when "Where the Wave Broke" begins with its simple, unaccompanied riff - wonderfully distorted but not really heavy itself until the other instruments enter with a mighty blow. Burst's music spirals through standard harmonies but without the gravity of traditional method, kind of like what Fripp did scrupulously with King Crimson in the 80s. the other bands tends to follow a more conventional approach to harmony. The vocals are very tastefully split with some fairly prominent clean, processed vocals alongside the extreme vox. this is not obvious at first simply because the main vocalist's presence is so strong. He sounds like a more organic, emotionalized Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), and that's wicked. Burst's best attribute is their emotional intensity and creativity. The instrumental "It Comes Into View", like the electro-acoustic folk rock of a nuclear fallout aftermath, shows masterful creation of atmosphere, and such subtler strengths are more apparent here. However you will discover the same attributes in the songs themselves, whether through an impassioned verse or a killer instrumental interlude, at all levels of dynamics. "the immateria", "sever", and "homebound" are dramatic mini-epics in their own way without even being very long. "Slave Emotion" and "Stormwielder" merge a basically hardcore aesthetic with a prog-like finesse, unpredictability, and textural wall-of-sound density. The excellent closer "Mercy Liberation" is just stupidly good, its beautifully melodic layers heavily built up until in a stunning moment it restores the melody of the opening theme with a massively dense, heavy arrangement. You can't even breathe through it. the lyrics are cool as well. Despite a few similarities to the other bands I mentioned above, Burst's great merits set them apart. seriously.