Returning to the studio after a five year absence is Italy's Burning Black, delivering their third long player, Remission of Sin. The band does and has done basically one thing since their inception in 2004, heavy power metal with both US and European notes.
With that simple introduction, you also basically know where things are going before you push play. However, several observations can be made. First, many songs are loaded with rather intense and sharp riffs. So much so, I found them nearly harsh, even ear piercing, on several songs like Mercenary of War, Love Me, or Remission of Sin. Alternatively, the riffs are more moderate or modest within Visionary In A Primitive Future, by example. Second, from those riffs also rise some really terrific guitar solos, which are the album's and band's greatest strength.
A third observation, and not necessarily a good one, is the simple fact that I did not enjoy Dan Ainlay's vocals. They're just too raw, raspy, scratchy for me. Combined with the razor riffs, I found myself either skipping songs or simply dialing back the volume many times. Finally, Burning Black attempts step out of the power metal motif, if only for a bit, with the songs Flag of Rock and True Metal Jacket, giving both songs more of a hard rock groove. Burning Black and Remission of Sin is neither the worst nor best heavy power metal I've heard lately. But it's something that won't get another spin anytime soon.
Burning Black and Remission of Sin is neither the worst nor best heavy power metal I've heard lately. But it's something that won't get another spin anytime soon.
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