Burning Saviours - _Nymphs and Weavers_
(Record Heaven / Transubstans Records, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
It seems improbable that Sweden could possibly be the newest atavistic well of '70s styled hard rock, but the triumvirate of Graveyard, Lucifer Was and Burning Saviours are determined to challenge that notion -- and given the calibre of the trio, they may just succeed.

Burning Saviours -- named after a Pentagram song -- have undergone line-up changes since their debut, and their sophomore effort is the also the debut for their new vocalist. Whilst I am unsure how he fares against his predecessor, he seems competent enough, but not especially good. Instead, their strength lies in the dual guitarists performing catchy hard rock riffs and blues-infested leads. Some passages are reminiscent of Black Sabbath, but of their earliest days, when they still had a slight trippy feel, whilst the overarching influence of legends such as Deep Purple and Uriah Heep can be also be detected. Occasionally, a Hammond organ is used to provide an additional layer of atmosphere, whilst the brief use of a flute inevitably invites comparisons with Jethro Tull. "Woodnymph" is one of the best songs that display Burning Saviours at their most contemplative, despite paradoxically reminding me of dinosaur rockers The Eagles.

This may not be a style that I am overly familiar with, but I can recognise good music when I hear it; and this, my friends, is good music. Not excellent, but it will receive several spins in the coming year.

Contact: http://www.burningsaviours.com

(article published 11/3/2008)

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