|Review: Burning Earth - Chronicles of the Calling|
|Chronicles of the Calling|
Year released: 2007
Review online: December 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Chronicles of the Calling
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
This is billed as an EP, but even if you don't count the 10-minute space waster at the end of the last track, it's over 40 minutes long. Burning Earth is a young band still unsigned, but this disc shows they probably should be signed, and fast. They play a style of metal that is pretty obviously influenced by Bal-Sagoth and bands like Ensiferum, and they draw on a lot of elements. The guitars play a lot of melodic tremolo riffs, the keys are very prominent, and vocals are either a harsh rasp or an almost incomprehensible narrative voice. The strength of the compositions is what keeps this from just being a derivative mess, and standout songs like "Last of the Skylords" and "The Scaven Cleaver" have enough memorable hooks to keep you coming back. Not groundbreaking, but this is a strong disc in an underpopulated subgenre, and deserves a look.
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