Released: 2008, Lifeforce Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Burning Skies hails from Bristol, UK. Their debut album MURDER BY MEANS OF EXISTENCE came out in 2004 and their second album DESOLATION came out in 2006. Through the years the band has refined their music and they’re now considered one of England’s best kept metal secrets.
Burning Skies delivers a really hearty portion of hardcore and grind sprinkled with death and black metal influences. Musical similarities include Carcass, Napalm Death, Misery Index, The Black Dahlia Murder and The Red Chord. Lead singer Merv has aggressive vocals and he sings with enormous intensity and nerve. Liam also helps out with the vocals in the black metal parts where he mostly screams but to be honest is that the only thing that doesn’t work so well, his voice I mean. The guitars and the rhythm section work perfectly and the band is really solid and I’ll bet they’re a hard live act to beat.
GREED FILTH ABUSE CORRUPTION runs through at a furious tempo and it’s hard to catch your breath before the next song start starts. There aren’t many calm, slower passages on the album which is great. After too many slow, lame bands I’ve reviewed it feels good to wash your ears with some good, honest hardcore/grindcore music.
It’s hard to pick any favorite tracks in this goldmine of songs; I think every song is a killer track and to be honest there are no low points or anything bad with this album except for the vocals which were mentioned earlier. The producers linked every angry element together perfectly and put the focus on lead vocals and the ass-kicking guitar work. The heavy production does the brutal music justice.
At last there’s a brutal album I can salute this year; the brutal metal scene has been pretty barren thusfar this year. Burning Skies made a brilliant album and they can add me to their admiring fanclub.