Burden Of Grief
Fields Of Salvation
6/16/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Burden Of Grief - Fields Of Salvation - 2005 - Magick Records
This band has been around since the beginning of the genre, however due to label complications have never really been exposed until now. The group's last record, "On Darker Trails", was given a release through Massacre Records. Now the band have a new package, one with Remedy Records in Europe and a domestic contract with Magick Records to see "Fields Of Salvation" sold stateside. Hopefully this much exposure will help the band, in all reality Burden Of Grief being one of the most enjoyable of this entire genre, at times running the same races as modern day Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork, but still allowing plenty of room for their own creative desires.
This whole record is just beaming, with razor sharp riffs and the most sinister use of melody and harmony. Really the whole thing is speed picked throughout, at times flying as fast as an Arch Enemy or The Haunted ("The Silent Killing"), other times slowing down to include that progressive arrangement or two ("Dead Soul Decline", "Engaged With Destiny"). The straight forward melodic machines seem to be the band's best path, with the huge cuts that just blaze by with the most lethal of speed and grace ("Desaster And Decay"). Favorite cut for me is the horror themed "Don't Fear The Creeper", obviously named after the band's favorite horror flick Jeepers Creepers. "Fields Of Salvation" also includes a US bonus cut, imagine that. What an odd idea, but anyhow the red, white, & blue gets treated with a rowdy live cut of "Reborn".
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