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Burn In Silence - "Angel Maker" (CD)

Burn In Silence - "Angel Maker" CD cover image

"Angel Maker" track listing:

1. Lines From An Epitaph
2. Rebirth
3. The Age In Which Tomorrow Brings
4. Embrace The Plague
5. Primal Human Pain
6. Angel Maker
7. Judging Hope
8. Well Adjusted
9. Watching Dead Leaves Fall
10. World of Regret

Reviewed by on August 9, 2006

"Angel Maker is without a doubt one of the most consistantly hard albums I've heard in a while."

With the current industry set to copy everything that gains popularity and ignore pure talent, it's nice to see a band like Burn In Silence break the scene. Burn In Silence's recent Prosthetic Records debut, "Angel Maker," is completley masterful from the opening aggression of "Lines From An Epitah" to the thrashy "World Of Regret." The entire album shows the bands' current talent to mesh their sounds together in a raw metal kick in the nuts.

At first it sounds like just another metalcore band trying to breach the scene, but Burn In Silence is so much more. The band seems to center around using a melody-like chorus for most of their songs, making them catchy in a welcome way. Doing so differentiates them from the continuous screaming and bland singing of most modern metalcore albums. One of the most unique features of the band is their ability to mesh a modern keyboard sound into a hardcore, grinding album.

"Angel Maker" is without a doubt one of the most consistantly hard albums I've heard in a while. The album starts out strong and finishes with a relentless accuracy. Chris Harrel does an excellent job on vocals throughout the entire album, adding mixtures of death, thrash, core, and a subtle presence of emo. It's a wild range of impressive vocals backed by the excellent playing ability of the rest of the band making it quite impressive. It's not often you see a new band with all of its members on the same page. Burn In Silence shows you the direction they are going in, then switches it without losing a single key.

I would recommend this band for fans of Lamb of God, Bury Your Dead and other fans of the current direction the new wave of metal is breaching. I expect to see great things from Burn In Silence both in future albums and on tour.

Highs: The uptempo play of the band backed by a range of vocals

Lows: As the band's first album, there are some minor flaws

Bottom line: A great album that screams aggression from beginning to end

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)