BURST - Origo

Burst - Origo

9 songs
46:51 minutes
***** *****
Relapse / Suburban

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I had initial problems with the third album by Swedish metalcore hopefuls Burst. Their previous album Prey On Life (their first on Relapse) was a superior piece of modern thrash metal. The new Origo doesn't take the easy path, evading easy song structures and thus preventing the album from being over-accessible at the first listening sessions. Burst's heavy attitude has been enriched with solemn influeces, ranging from the mellow dramatic to the gothic doom. If one year ago one felt compelled to compare them to Dillinger Escape Plan, then we might add today Neurosis and Isis, reaching a kind of broadband metal perfected so far only by a few bands like Opeth for instance.

The songs average five minutes, and apart from the fierce Stormwielder, we get treated with multi-faceted modern metal songs that combine soaring guitar walls with groovy drums, clean and screamed vocals alternate, decent keyboards emphasise the dark, threatening atmosphere inherent in every song. And where many bands only achieve to come out with a general good impression without any highlights, Burst will open your eyes on at least half the songs on the album. Flight's End is the perfect example of big metal music, using the slow/hard dynamic to its full effect, and even adding a smashing chorus. The seven minute long instrumental It Comes Into View is a highlight of ambient metal (if such a genre is invented one day) and the concluding Mercy Liberation ends like late-Eighties VoiVod, with searing guitars and pounding drums.

Origo is an album that takes some time growing on you, but once you are into it, you will understand that this is much more than just a cross-breed of math core and goth doom. Burst have accomplished a near-perfect album with nine strong songs that will certainly push them to the top of the international extreme metal movement. Aggression and melancholy go hand in hand, circumventing the vortexes of cliché and hype. The mostly long songs never idle around but use their time to build up tension, thus giving every track its own singular identity. Metal won't come much better than that!

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