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Review: Burning Earth - Chronicles of the Calling
Burning Earth
www.myspace.com/onceburningearth
Chronicles of the Calling

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 52:14
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Chronicles of the Calling

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
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This is billed as an EP, but even if you don't count the 10-minute space waster at the end of the last track, it's over 40 minutes long. Burning Earth is a young band still unsigned, but this disc shows they probably should be signed, and fast. They play a style of metal that is pretty obviously influenced by Bal-Sagoth and bands like Ensiferum, and they draw on a lot of elements. The guitars play a lot of melodic tremolo riffs, the keys are very prominent, and vocals are either a harsh rasp or an almost incomprehensible narrative voice. The strength of the compositions is what keeps this from just being a derivative mess, and standout songs like "Last of the Skylords" and "The Scaven Cleaver" have enough memorable hooks to keep you coming back. Not groundbreaking, but this is a strong disc in an underpopulated subgenre, and deserves a look.


Track Listing:
  1. Welcome
  2. Season of Thunder
  3. Last of the Skylords
  4. The Scaven Cleaver
  5. Visions
  6. What Hope Lies
  7. Legion of the Burning Earth (Tale of a Thousand Swords)
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