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BURNING SAVIOURS

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BURNING SAVIOURS was a short lived Swedish heavy progressive/doom metal band that was formed in 2003 (they took their name from a Pentagram song) by guitarist Mikael MARJANEN and drummer Martin WIJKSTROM. They quickly teamed up with bassist Fredrik EVERTSSON & vocalist/guitarist Andrei AMARTINESEI and recorded several demos. This led to touring with various metal festivals and in 2005, the band was given a recording contract with I Hate Records, prompting their self titled debut in March.

In 2006, after another album ('Hundus'), AMARTINESEI left the band to be replaced by vocalist Fredrik ANDERSSON and second guitarist Henry PYYKKO. Their third album, 2007's 'Nymphs and Weavers', also saw a lineup change: ANDERSSON left, MARJANEN took up vocals, and guitarist Andreas ERIKSSON was recruited. This lineup didn't last either and the band broke up in early 2008.

The band's sound definitely progressed over the years. Although initially a doom metal band, once in the studio the group picked up an occasional folksy influence, and later added keyboards into their overall sound. However, they never lost their heavy connections, and always kept their riff heavy backbone. Opting for a retro art-rock sound, the band wore their influences (the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull) on their sleeves.


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3.43 | 7 ratings
Burning Saviours
2005
3.50 | 6 ratings
Hundus
2006
3.05 | 6 ratings
Nymphs & Weavers
2007

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Förbannelsen
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Offering (Forbannelsen Part II)
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nightmare (Förbannelsen Part III)
2012
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Hon Dansade med Döden
2012

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 The Offering (Forbannelsen Part II) by BURNING SAVIOURS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Offering (Forbannelsen Part II)
Burning Saviours Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Swedish band BURNING SAVIOURS was formed back in 2003, and for the next five years they were an active live and recording unit, with three full length albums to their name prior to splitting up in 2008. Two years later they reformed however, now sporting a revised line-up. Since then they've been working with a project called "Förbannelsen", with a planned set of thematically connected 7 inch vinyl singles. "The Offering" is the second of four planned parts of this endeavour, and was released by Night Tripper Records in the summer of 2012.

A-side The Offering is a nice composition. A mid-paced affair with a snail-paced chorus, featuring a few instrument details borrowed more or less directly from what is likely a main source of inspiration, namely Black Sabbath. Apart from these instrumental touches the overall sound is one that owes quite a lot to Iommi's classic foursome from the 70's. Up to and including the nice, blues-oriented guitar solo. But the end sequence is another story entirely. Tied in with the lyrical topic covered I presume, we're served a dampened, delightfully ominous sequence where glockenspiel and a light-toned clean guitar jointly manage to create a brooding, fearful atmosphere. Haunting stuff, and highly effective to boot.

B-side Spirit of the Woods is a shorter, compact affair. Another composition made in the vein of 70's Black Sabbath, albeit not sporting any direct references as such apart from the overall sound and vibe. An elegant drums and bass standalone theme is a nice touch on this one, used three times in total and each of them as a transitional phase. To good effect I might add. A nifty combination of melodic soloing on top of wandering riff patterns and fragmented soloing on top of impact riffs another feature worth mentioning.

The vinyl single itself is, take note vinyl enthusiasts, literally a heavy package. The single itself a heavy slab, and contained within a stiff cardboard cover with beautifully printed artwork. When I was in my teens I used to buy protective plastic covers for such productions, so that I could attach the cover to the wall, displaying my precious works of art for whoever dared to enter my teenage cave. 25 years ago this is one of the album covers I would have displayed, and with a certain sense of pride I believe.

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 Förbannelsen by BURNING SAVIOURS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Förbannelsen
Burning Saviours Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Swedish act BURNING SAVIOURS was formed back in 2003, and until their initial break-up in 2008 they released three full length productions that brought them quite a lot of positive attention amongst fans of retro-oriented doom metal.

Two years after they called it a day the band decided that they wanted to have a second go, and one year later the first results of the reunion was released as the single "Förbannelsen", with the B-side "Midnight" as the supporting track. Both pieces see the band in fine form, on this occasion honing in on an early 70's sound in terms of style, mix and performance. Shades of Black Sabbath is a constant presence, at least in compositional construction, but Burning Saviours have opted for a lighter toned, less compact variety of this approach on this occasion. The title track is the hardest hitting of the pair, sporting talk-like vocals on top of staccato standalone riffs in the verse parts and a blues-flavoured, mid-paced expression when the instruments are given free reign. Supporting track Midnight opens and ends as a slower, careful ballad oriented piece, with slow wandering guitars in a basic arrangement for the vocal passages, broken up by a pacier, lighter toned guitar solo that slots in perfectly for a creation of this ilk.

All in all a fine comeback for this Swedish outfit, with fans of early days Black Sabbath as a possible target audience. And if this single is checked out and deemed interesting, you might want to check out the second comeback single of this band too: "The Offering", which was released by Night Tripper Records in 2012.

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 Nymphs & Weavers by BURNING SAVIOURS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.05 | 6 ratings

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Nymphs & Weavers
Burning Saviours Heavy Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars If you have ever wanted to know how Sabbath would have sounded if they had started their career in the new millennium, this album might well be the answer. The similarities are (too) many.

The opening number is a great Sabbath song. OK, there is no Ozzy here, but the riff and the guitar solo could have come from the mind of maestro Iommi. Even if there is a popish interlude during Pondhillow's Finest, the band comes back with some doom metal while performing The Spellweaver. Vocals are quite weak and when you analyse the music, the band sounds not as powerful as his model.

Burning Saviours sounds as smooth version of Sabbath. Maybe not bad per se, but rather disturbing. One could have expected some more juice coming out of this band.

They even sound as Tull during the heavy-rock ballad Woodnymph. Peaceful and aerial vocals combined with heavy instrumental parts. Not too bad after all. What's for sure is that you won't fall asleep while Dreaming Of Pastries is being played. Some heavy punkish rhythms with a great Pyykko on the lead guitar. This is maybe cliché, but it is one of my fave.

The remaining songs are just a repetition of what can be heard previously. A Sabbath (the good Trinity)/ Tull combo (Hillside Mansion). The closing Exposed... is another fave of mine. A doomy start and middle part which are pleasantly interchanged with speedy riffs and beat. A very good heavy metal track (but be prepared that this album is more a metal album than a prog one).

This album is not essential of course. It is a fine moment of nostalgia and should be only considered as such. You have been warned that the music can't be considered as highly creative but I enjoyed it when I discovered it though. Three stars.

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 Nymphs & Weavers by BURNING SAVIOURS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.05 | 6 ratings

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Burning Saviours Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Nymphs & Weavers is the third release from this Swedish band.

And here they take the listener on a musical time travel 30 years back in time. With early Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull sounding like main influences, they fuse these influences together with other sounds and styles from the 70's; ranging from the symphonic hammond driven prog of early Eloy to the faster metal of Motorhead from the end of the decade.

A great album for anyone heavily into early 70's hard rock. The main negative aspects are limited vocals and a slightly lacking production; fans of early 70's hard rock won't find it any worse than some of the other stuff they like though.

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