Just where does Ken at Prank Records *find his bands? He seems to have a knack at discovering the very best thrash/noise/screamo bands the planet has to offer and *Burst *are no exception. Originally released on Sweden’s Putrid Filth Conspiracy just over a year ago *_‘Conquest: Writhe’ _has been re-mastered, re-packaged and re-issued to remind the world just how devastatingly monstrous Burst are.
From the off they prove they’re a force to be reckoned with, displaying a brilliant diversity of obliterating thrash, up-beat hardcore, heavy melodic riffs and those awesome Botch-cum-Deadguy vocal rasps. I’m starting to seriously become convinced that there’s something in the Swedish water, as there are tastes of fellow Swedes Section 8 *and *Refused *in amongst Burst’s textured polyphonic chaos. *‘Sordid Leader’ _cracks open this chaotic maelstrom of a record and with so many different melodies and riffs intertwining each other it’s the equivalent of a single hardcore band’s whole creative output rolled into one song. Next track ‘Juxtaposed’ _even has a cool acoustic bridgey bit before the nail-spitting venom of vocalist Lenom berates your eardrums once more.
So amazingly produced is this record that there really is little full-on ‘noise’ except wonderfully-executed melodic thrash, such as title-track ‘Conquest: Writhe’, incorporating truly refreshing hardcore sounds into it’s vortex. So disparate are Burst compared to much of this genre’s virulent bands, whose aim in a lot of cases is to make noise for the hell of it, that to do this album justice I should really write a few hundred words on each song. But I won’t.
The stand-out track on this album comes in the shape of ‘The World Denied’, a fierce hybrid of molten riffs and hyper-melodic licks that sees a slickly-positioned solo part way through which sent shivers all over my body. Yep, very few bands can reach this level but Burst are up there with Botch and Neurosis.
9Mat Hocking's Score