Released: 2001, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Oh yeah! I’ve been looking forward to this one. The fact that this band contains some ex-Human Remains members should be old news by now, as Burnt By The Sun has been getting a fair amount of attention. And rightly so, because they are helping to carry that torch of grinding technicality along with a slew of other East Coast “noisecore” bands. Dillinger Escape Plan is commonly used as a reference point for bands like Burnt By The Sun, but why? I cannot deny certain similarities, but didn’t it all start with Human Remains? Ah, perhaps it doesn’t matter. What does matter is this four-song EP, and how much it begs for you to break something, such as that vacuum cleaner of yours that is such a piece of shit. Seriously though, this EP is fucking INTENSE. The band’s previous split with Luddite Clone was just a teaser. But then again, so is this EP, running at only 8-1/2 minutes. But during that time you’re treated to Dave Witte’s manic drumming, strange acrobatic what-in-the-hell-are-these-guys-thinking guitar riffs, and some sickening slurred vocals, which are the highlight of the band for me, not to mention the really down-to-earth, personal, thought-provoking lyrics, complete with short narratives that make me say to myself “right on brothers”. This stuff probably won’t appeal to many people, as the songs are too extreme, chaotic, short, angry, tense, and void of melody to fit in with your usual metal. But if you want hardcore and grind crossed and taken to the next level, listen to these guys! This stuff is the perfect remedy for those frustrating times when it takes forever to go to the mall to buy yourself some new khakis because everyone drives and walks slow, only to find out the stores don’t have your size. Go to http://www.mp3.com
and here http://www.burntbythesun.com/
and here http://www.relapse.com.
Now let’s have a full length, ok guys??