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Burn Everything - Last Run Through the Ruins (7,5/10) - USA - 2011

Genre: Hardcore / Grindcore
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 16:56
Band homepage: Burn Everything

Tracklist:

  1. Ghost Of The Waves
  2. Kenny Jihad
  3. Directed By David Lynch
  4. They Don't Advertise Killers...
  5. Ambulance Chaser
  6. Crumbling Monolith
Burn Everything - Last Run Through the Ruins

Get ready for some aggressive fury with BURN EVERYTHING'S latest EP, "Last Run Through The Ruins."

Balancing a line between Hardcore and Grindcore, one can hear influences from bands such as BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME to THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Almost track after track there is a sonic assault a short, but very technical musical numbers such as "Directed By David Lynch." The entire 'stop n' go' pace of the music is haphazard and jerky, but will always keep listeners on their toes rather than get bored with monotony.

The drumming is the strongest element on the album as it goes off in bursts to follow the maze that the guitars have laid out for it. Usually - due to the Hardcore factors - the tone is as gritty as possible through the riffs, but not as gritty as in Sludge Metal. Tempos can range from slow, thundering passages to faster, Grindcore based speeds where the guitars and drums are a blur together, such as on "They Don't Advertise Killers." Generally, the vocals try to stick towards a harsh bellow/ shout such as on "Kenny Jihad," but sometimes there will also be brief spoken word passages such as on "Ambulance Chasers." These moments are brief ones of madness, and only help to make the album seem more chaotic than it really is.

The only time anyone gets a moment to breathe and think about the album is on the last track, "Crumbling Monolith," which is a completely different approach to BURN EVERYTHING. Leaving out the raging guitars, drums, and vocals, it builds up slowly like an atmospheric introduction until the end which just sounds like a solid, Melodic Death Metal beginning. This will certainly come as a surprise for those who have just sat through five tracks of 'pummeling hell' and also demonstrates that maybe the band isn't as one sided as some may have first throught (there are even some backing female vocals included in the track as well).

Overall, this is a pretty decent EP that may be short (most tracks don't get beyond three minutes) but that is typical of Grindcore/Hardcore music. Fans will still get a good introduction to BURN EVERYTHING.

(Online December 16, 2011)

Colin McNamara



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