Burn In Silence
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Burn In Silence


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"Breaking wind beneath their wings"

Let’s face it: 70% of the melodic choruses we hear sound straight out of the sale bin at Gothenburg Almost R’ Us. How did this appalling state of affairs come about? Who knows? Rampant overcompensation complexes, maybe, or some undiscovered virus that makes songwriters unconsciously emulate Toto the band, when they’d be better off looking to Dorothy’s dog for inspiration. The phenomenon’s whys and wherefores matter less than its effects. Here you are, happily basking in brutality, and suddenly you’re assaulted by Bono II covering Celine Dion, again and again and again.

It doesn’t have to be like this. On Angel Maker, Burn in Silence consistently pump color and heat into choruses that ring angelic, minus recycled business rock clichés. Opener “Lines From an Epitaph” finds the Massachusetts-based sextet contrasting thrash precision and progressive pomp with a distinctly Gothic chorus, singer Chris Harrell’s studied gutturals giving way to what could be great Samael himself as he croons “Your actions have been/ the cause of your demise/ Stop blaming others/ You chose your way to die.” Keyboardist Ben Schulkin keeps a tight rein on the song’s symphonic aspects, slipping deftly in and out of a Tue Madsen-crafted mix that captures track and band’s polyphonia admirably. Granted, the album might benefit mightily from a little more tonal variety in the guitar section—Mike Casavant and Alan Glassman seem a bit more stuck in a single mindset than befits Burn in Silence’s overall range—but getting other people’s old habits out of your system is what first albums are for.—Rod Smith - Decibel

"Best Metal Newcomer of 2006"

Bands eligible for "Best Metal Newcomer of 2006" included bands who have released their first full length album or released their first album on a somewhat major metal label, or even have no formal release at all. This is a tough category to get consensus on, since we all have different tastes in metal and will hear of only relatively few new bands each year. The band that rose to the top, however was: Burn In Silence

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=23707 - Metal Underground

"Burn In Silence - Angel Maker"

Right off the bat when I got this album, I was impressed with the cover art. Normally that doesn’t catch my eye but I could sense the rage seething from this album by just opening it up. A searing skull and arms is always a good way to kick off a metal album. With Burn In Silence’s Angel Maker, the substance definitely doesn’t disappoint.

“Lines From An Epitaph” is chaotic and feels like something out of a Castlevania video game with the keyboards and haunting melody, but it sounds great. Chris Harrell’s contrasting high-pitched scream and wailing singing voice proves formidable in every single verse and hook that the band plays, and it all just sounds so tight and flows great.

The impressive drum work surprised me the most on the album and it really shines on songs like “Embrace the Plague,” with slick double-bass and speedy snare beats that give this album more of a black metal feel than the typical melodic death elements that metalcore bands tend to swipe from. Very unique.

As the album progresses it flirts with thrashing like Bleeding Through or dipping into main stream metalcore a la Atreyu, but stays away and keeps everything balanced. Songs like “Primal Human Pain” express this perfectly, creating chaos with a nasty bass-heavy beat and then cooling off with melodies and singing. It sounds like Burn In Silence has been perfecting this for years, but for a debut LP this is even more amazing.

Songs like “The Age In Which Tomorrow Brings” veer off the path into a slower sound that doesn’t flow quite as well, but other than that it’s hard to find a real gripe with this effort. Check it out as soon as you can.

Rating: 9/10

http://www.smnnews.com/2006/08/05/burn-in-silence-angel-maker/ - SMN News

"Burn In Silence - Angel Maker"

Burn in Silence’s Prosthetic Record’s debut, Angel Maker, is an ambitious, experimental metal record. From the amazing mix of brutal riffs and manic drumming on the opener “Lines from an Epitaph,” you might think you’re in for yet another metalcore band. Then you notice a symphonic effect via keyboards, along with a clean, melodic chorus, and you realize this is something special.

The violent screams and technical riffing of “The Age in Which Tomorrow Brings” have an apocalyptic feel, giving away at times to an emo-like chorus. A death metal blast beat, backed by piano, erupts on “Embrace The Plague.” The same goes for “Primal Human Pain” with its whirling keyboards, stop-start riff and a Hatebreed-like, shout-it-out ending. The 10 songs of Angel Maker take the listener on an exciting journey of surprising twists and turns, some of which are jaw-dropping. The dynamics are impressive as the band shifts from epic, melodic choruses to something that sounds like someone being attacked by a runaway jackhammer.

Burn in Silence are similar to Between the Buried and Me, minus the annoying offbeat time signatures and long, boring piano pieces. You get about a 20-second piano piece at the end of “Watching Dead Leaves Fall,” but that’s it. The difference is that Burn in Silence transitions much better while still having a lot packed into each song. Despite accurate descriptions using words like “experimentation” and “symphonic,” this is very much a metal band. Angel Maker is one of the heaviest releases from a non-death metal band in recent memory. Burn in Silence refuse to settle for the average, run-of-the-mill material that 100 other bands are playing. They realize that experimentation and exciting ideas can make for a great album, which is just what Angel Maker is.

http://www.live-metal.net/cdreviews_burninsilence_angelmaker.html - Live-Metal.net


Angel Maker
(Prosthetic Records, 2006)

Pure As Your First Day EP
(self-released, 2004)



BURN IN SILENCE is coming for you. This metal wrecking machine will not be stopped until it has laid every genre trend to waste. The band's Prosthetic Records debut, Angel Maker, signals the beginning of a musical apocalypse. Not simply defined by one metal subgenre, Burn In Silence is instead something dangerous, infectious, and undeniable. Upon pressing play, listeners will plunge into an entrancing whirlwind of devastation: Thrash guitars and grooving riffs flank a percussive double bass salvo that explodes upon impact, melodic choruses soar to heights of macabre beauty, and violent screams descend downward like a guillotine. Keyboards bleed texture all over the destruction, painting a backdrop that covers every inch of Hell. Cuts like “Lines from an Epitaph” and “Embrace the Plague” simply bludgeon with a pure inner rage that some artists spend a lifetime attempting to harness. On these tracks, polyrhythmic riff work shifts into technical guitars as keyboard melody and choruses engulf the entire sound. These six Massachusetts men plan on driving listeners straight to the center of darkness and back.

Burn In Silence has already decimated stages all over the Northeast alongside Damage Plan, Shadows Fall, and Morbid Angel, among others. Having cultivated a live show to be reckoned with, the band stands ready to pummel audiences all over the world. The Ken Susi-produced EP Pure As Your First Day paved the way for their first full-length, the Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Himsa) mixed metallic mastery, Angel Maker. Tapping into the elements that make metal's subgenres great, the band has already become a cohesive and driven unit. With a mix of incredible production, musical talent, tireless work ethic, and a thirst to be distinct, Burn In Silence is destined to become integral to the future of the entire genre.

Guitarist Mike Casavant describes the Burn In Silence sound best: “As a guitarist, I try to write structured music in an unstructured way. There’s reason to the madness and it’s heavy for the right reasons. Going from a blast beat into a huge, open chorus just hits you. The heavy parts become harder while the melody sounds more epic. I just want to write really great songs as a whole, not just interesting parts. There’s also no limit to what we’re going to do.” Rejecting genre trends, the band embraces everything from power grooves to pummeling double bass and engaging dynamics. With all these elements working in conjunction, the Burn In Silence sound rises together with a combination of brutality and splendor. “I like to compare it to Pandora’s Box," Casavant continues, "where every emotion and every feeling that you can imagine is displayed in what we do.” Over the course of the entire record, a journey will be taken and it won’t soon be forgotten.

The definition of Angel Maker encapsulates this sound fittingly. “The title is a play on words about a guy who is killing people, but at the same time he’s making angels,” Casavant divulges. That duality remains paramount to Burn In Silence and helps to separate them from an overcrowded scene that is now yearning for something new. When Angel Maker descends, you can either run away in fear, or join Burn In Silence as they conquer one city at a time.

-Rick Florino