Sound — 6
Burning Empires, a new metalcore super group, have come out with their Self Titled seven inch, and boy is it interesting to listen to. Metalcore has not grown in the several years it has been around, and this album is no different. With fast melodic riffs, double bass drumming up the ear-hole, and a low tuning, this album seems to be an exact replica of other albums by other heavy metalcore bands. Don't get me wrong, the riffs and the drumming is something I adore and have come to love, but so many bands have done this before. Imagine God Forbid and Silent Civilian combined, or Every Time I Die and From Autumn to Ashes, or even musically speaking, In This Moment and The Red Shore. These bands may not all be metalcore, but even if you combine two different genre's you seem to establish a basis of what has been achieved before. On a good note, Burning Empires do achieve this goal, and with a great sense of music. They have good heavy riffs mixed with a beautiful sense of drumming and rhythm. The solos are not there but this is made up for with the constant pounding of riffs and harmonies. Most choruses also feature a nice melody to go along with the fast changing chords. Easily speaking, the band changes its mood within each song. When the band is playing fast and pounding away at every instrument possible, you can easily understand the band is sending a message of anger and frustration, easily seen in the song Heart First Into Hell. During the verses you can hear how angry the band wants to be heard as, and during the chorus it seems much softer. This shows a good sense of music and transitions, which deserve a good rating.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrically the band reminds me of God Forbid and Silent Civilian. Burning Empires speaks of wars raging while government are fading and all the other issues seen in our governmental societies today, hence the name of the band, Burning Empires. This can be easily seen in the song Disavowal, where the singer and band sing/chant This is War!! This seems to fit the mood of the band, as previously stated. Vocally, if you listen to the singer of Silent Civilian, you would find a correlation between the two. Is this coincidence? Or is it just metalcore band having similar sounds? That is a good question to answer, but as I would say with Silent Civilian, The singer fits his music very well.
Overall Impression — 7
Burning Empires is overall a decent album, with not so many new surprises genre surprising mixes but very good surprises within the music itself, which is probably better anyway. Burning Empires has done its job reaching the public ear, and kicking the ear's butt with its heavy sense of music and its pounding riffs. Burning Empires overall is a sound record for the metalcore and other sub-genres of metal, with a great sense of how it is done and how it works.