BURNING BLACK - MECHANIC HELL
Metal To Infinity
US Metal band is heading our way! I’ve read about these guys on the Internet
and what I’ve heard on their myspace.com page was enough to ask for some
promotional material. It seems this band found a good label because I even read
reviews about them in several bigger magazines. Not that these magazines were
always that positive but I’ve learned during the years that good selling
fanzines aren’t always the best source to discover great albums.
isn’t the first release of Burning Black and I admit I missed their first
release. After listening to this one I presume I will purchase their debut one
day, called “Prisoners Of Steel”.
Not that I am extremely wild about Burning Black but they deliver some
decent Heavy Metal. Influenced by the Eighties Metal scène and by adding a
modern touch to their sound Burning Black delivers a professional product. The
red line in every song finds their roots in bands like Judas Priest, Accept and
many other traditional bands. By using subtle keyboards in some songs they sound
modern. The band can’t hide their interest in plenty of European bands too.
Black is constantly focused on very melodic arrangements and it makes their
choruses and refrains very recognizable. The fast fingered and very clear
produced guitar solos are the biggest highlight on this release. What I do like
on this release is the fact that at several songs these solos keep on playing in
the back ground, like we discovered on some old Dokken albums or at for example
that mighty Wycked Synn release.
that Burning Black is comparable, in general, with Dokken or Wycked Synn! Many
other melodic Heavy Metal bands can be named right here (Firewind, Masterplan,
Primal Fear,…) although the quality of these comparable bands is higher.
Burning Black doesn’t sound at all American. Is this necessary? No, not at all,
especially not if you hear that the band worked hard delivering quality! Vocal
wise the band needs to grow and I admit not every song is as strong and
convincing enough to me! The song writing in other words needs to grow too.
you’re into good sounding melodic Heavy Metal, foreseen with some fantastic
guitars and if you’re not afraid to hear very catchy refrains Burning Black
might be something for you. Burning Black isn’t cheesy enough to sound typical
European nor are they dark and mysterious enough to sound American. Best songs
to me are “Secrets To Hide”, Dangerous Game” and the heavier “Messengers
Of Hell” . Nothing new will be heard but Burning Black is good enough to try
them out! http://www.myspace.com/burningblackband
Points: 77 / 100 (Review
by Officer Nice)
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