BURDEN OF GRIEF - Follow The Flames

Burden Of Grief - Follow The Flames

11 + 8 songs
42:52 + 37:04 minutes
***** ***
Massacre

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Burden Of Grief from Northern Germany have made a habit of releasing a new album every three years. Their fourth CD Follow The Flames once again offers flawless melodic death metal with strong Scandinavian tendencies, the latter possibly emphasised by their choice of recording the album with scene guru Dan Swanö in Sweden.

The regular edition of Follow The Flames contains eleven songs on which the band relies on tried and tested recipes, but nevertheless acting rather subtly. You’ll get classic death metal of the Northern kind with the usual ingredients like raw vocals, fast pace, machinegun-like drums and a whole lot of melodic guitar riffs. The songs are structured very dynamically and come with tons of tempo changes to prevent any suspicions of monotony. The catchier Mirror Of Truth should be considered the album’s highlight.

The limited edition comes with an additional CD containing eight cover versions of rock and metal songs that sound of course heavier when played by Burden Of Grief, but are still recognisable. Pantera’s Mouth For War and Sepultura’s Refuse / Resist don’t stray from the originals, but there are other selections which will definitely surprise the audience. Classic metal fans will be delighter by Iron Maiden’s Aces High and Metallica’s The Four Horsemen. Things become more exotic on The Doors’ Break On Through featuring Dan Swanö on vocals. The rendition of Whitesnake’s Fool For Your Loving is simply amazing by confronting rough vocals with Eighties poser guitars. AC/DC’s Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be and Blind Guardian’s Valhalla (with Tankard’s Gerre on vocal duties) have entertainment value.

The double CD version might be slightly more expensive, but is also the more appealing one. The first disc underlines Burden Of Grief’s qualities as a death metal band, and the second disc is guaranteed to get every metal party rocking!

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