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Burnt Belief


Crossover Prog

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3 stars Burnt Belief, 2016 "Emergent"

As soon as I listened cautiously for the first time this new Burnt Belief cd, I still feel the bitter-sweet aftertaste of their previous Latin/Fusion influenced "Etymology" (2014) and secretly hoping that was just a passing phase.

Well the first track "The Bubble Bursts" is not exactly free of this tendency but it is perfectly fitted as to not be the log over the road but part of the scenery. Anyway, I kind of get the idea either way that these Latin/Fusion elements are close to this band's heart. Do not get me wrong but when you soar these lands with your electric guitar, it is extremely hard not to come close and sound like Santana's hot licks or Di Meola's sultry Spanish/Latin clockwork arrangements, which is fine if it moves yer soulful booty, but I if I want to listen to that WHY should I listen to it here? Therefore I still do prefer them in their more unique music language oriented "Burnt Belief" (2012), their first release. Anyway this track is a 4 star track.

Track 2 "More Snow" is, as predicted, a kind of blend between the before mentioned guitar/arrangements influences with some nice splashes of prog/electronic's synths making up for the deeply "foreign" influenced track. 2.5 stars.

"The Confidence of Ignorance", track 3 a more experimental constructed composition will make Porcupine Treers, probably, Burnt Believers. 3.5 stars.

"Emergent" has in bravery what it lacks in really "hook me" riffs. If it could have been less tight to the guitar cadence, it probably would have had more punch and flown higher, who knows, but as such it is far from becoming essential. 3.5 stars

"Until the Stars Go Out", track 5, again shows the experimental side of Colin Edwin and Jon Durant. Less explosive yet more daring as to explore less familiar sounds as they have done in their solo releases. 4 stars.

As "Language of Movement" begins I can confirm without question that the Latin Fusion influence will keep on happening therefore its respective GHOSTS. 2.5 stars and I kind of get the feeling that this band is no longer gonna be an investement for me anymore.

The highly praised "Turning Torso" track 7, blends the experimental side with a tightly arranged percussions free form ( featuring Vinny Sabatino). Again the guitar work leads and arises as it also overshadows some more interesting atmospheres. It is kind of harsh to mention but the guitar solos seem to spoil the few audible highlights this track (or most of this release's) could have offered. 3 stars.

This highly expected (by me) release closes with "Ghosts Aquatic". A subtly explosive piano based track which actually shows, at last, what this duo sounds like when not forced to be an electric guitar soloing band. Better last than never. 4 stars.

Well what else? If you are not that hot for Fusion/Rock, as I am, this release will sadly and quickly be forgotten. If you like this styling you should probably sink your teeth in.

***3.4 stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |


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