|Review: Burden of Life - In the Wake of My Demise|
|In the Wake of My Demise|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: February 6, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:In the Wake of My Demise
This is my first taste of German melodic death metal act Burden of Life. Their sound being firmly in the Children of Bodom mould, which means they can get away with lame vocals if the music is technically well played right? Wrong. Been there, done that, like the world really needs another bloody Alexi Laiho clone. This shit stopped being cool years ago, I can't understand why bands must persist on doing this type of thing, but I guess there will always be a legion of cookie-cutting poser kids to lap this right up.
Maybe I'm being too harsh? In all fairness Burden of Life aren't horrible by any stretch, and they could be an unoriginal yet fun and cool power/thrash metal type of band if they were to ditch the redundant vocals. In fact they actually use clean vocals in places, and while it's an improvement, they are admittedly rather gay, reminiscent of some of the clean vocals heard on the last Insomnium album, just nowhere near as passionate. Speaking of Insomnium there are a few places on this EP which remind me of that band, which I have to say is a nice touch. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely potential here, especially as far as musicianship goes. With the only major problem being the god-awful, heard them a million time vocals and some of the guitar solos feel a little uninspired and considering the guitar work can be a main draw for some – particularly in the solo department – it hurts this EP a little more than it should.
Overall this is let down by lame vocals and some over-familiarity in some of the tracks. If you can't get enough of Children of Bodom and the like you'll be most happy with this release.
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