Burnt by the Sun - _Soundtrack to the Personal Revolution_
(Relapse, 2002)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
Removing the fact that I think this album's title is completely killer, you'd never believe it was produced by someone closely associated with bands like Screaming Trees or the insipid Pearl Jam. My money is on the fact that you'd, like me, swear Steve Austin from Today Is the Day, Matthew Jacobson from Pig Destroyer, or my mom -- -anyone- but somebody tied into a group like Pearl Jam! At any rate, it works. While pulling inspiration for _Soundtrack to the Personal Revolution_ from frenzied phenomenons, Burnt by the Sun captures all the forcefully kinetic energy available to grind onto a CD. Piercingly cleaving and rich in nice cuts in the song patterns, this band turns over ten mostly riff-packed dips into the razor-laced landscape BbtS generates. I encourage you to pay special attention to the resourceful "Boston Tea-Bag Party"; it is laced with some killer change-ups and instantaneously obligating parts that make ya sit up and take notice. The powerfully inspired and aptly named _Soundtrack to the Personal Revolution_ is this five-piece's first full-length offering, if you can believe it. If an EP like was reviewed in CoC #53 appeals to you at all, this version of a longer variety will be a big bonus. Kind of like illuminating something by the rays of the sun or manmade light -- both get the job done, but one sure as hell outshines and outlasts the other. You are hereby encouraged to mount your own individual repulsive insurrection and grab Burnt by the Sun's newest effort -- it is an aggressively fine coup de grace.

(article published 12/4/2002)

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