Released: 2005, I Hate Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
"Guided by heroes such as Sabbath, Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Roky Erickson and Jethro Tull, Sweden´s Burning Saviours has created a totally time-warping 60/70´s Heavy Rock/Old School Doom sound on their debut album. Singer Andrei Amartinesei comes across as a mixture between Bobby Liebling and Zeeb Parkes and the folk-tinged, yet to the point compositions are enveloped in the kind of production that almost make you feel the warmth of the red hot amplifier tubes...".
The above describtion pretty much hit the nail to sum up my exact thoughts about these Swedish ´flower field´ junkies´ self-titled debut album. I gotta say I´ve been listening to Pentagram, Sabbath and Witchfinder General quite a lot during these past few weeks or so - and those two particular names in question popped in my mind when spinning this round one time after another. The band has captured this special ´60/´70s feeling around their songs so well that without you knowing when Burning Saviours was started and which era of music they come from, you would somewhat undoubtedly guess them as one of those bands coming from the ´60s or ´70s. Their very old school sound simply fools a listener to think that way, but I guess that´s what their main master plan was in the first place. Songs "Silent Prayer" could have been taken from any Pentagram albums, or the album´s closer tune "What´s the Point" could be one of the songs that Black Sabbath never had time to finish completely and was left out from VOL.4, for example.
All in all, we have got a pretty enjoyable release here from these Swedish ´re-inventers´ of the old school sounds - and it´s kinda cool to notice there´s still a fair number of bands out there that swear into the name of the granddaddies´ sounds. Burning Saviours do not offer anything new to this specific genre any longer, but they are still convinving enough what they do, so feel free to check them out, too if you find their music close to your likings.