Title: Ice AgeLabel: Melodic Rock Records
been some 10 years since British Hard Rockers Burn unleashed
their critically acclaimed return album 'Global Warning',
badly in 2008 despite great live shows, the band drifted
apart and Burn was put on what seemed like an indefinite
hold. But the world of Melodic / Hard Rock is one of
resilience and so the brothers Barney and Marc Stackhouse, along with
Phil Hammond, bring the band back out of the ashes shall we say,
with this new line-up. A new vocalist was needed and on the
recommendation of Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse), Steve Newman
was approached, who subsequently recommended Chris Green (Tyketto)
to fill the vacant lead guitar spot. So with the band
line-up finalized, the next chapter of the Burn story begins with the
new album ‘Ice Age’.
new album is sure to shake the foundations of fans and
critics alike, as this is British Hard rock at its very best.
The album has a grittier edge than it's predecessor, which can only be expected
from a band who are always ready to take things to the next level.
album opens up with intro 'Global Warning', before the opener
proper, the current single ‘Irontown’, which from the off
really breaks the ice shall we say. A real ballsy slice of
great Hard Rock. Newman is the perfect foil for this new
chapter of the band, who along with the great guitars of
Green, really adds something special to the band vocally and
album continues with the mellower, but equally impressive tones
of ‘Jealousy’, before rocking things back up with
excellent ‘Hate’. A real heads-down rocker.
back to the more mellower tones with the slow burner ‘We
Sink Together’, which starts off with a gentle piano
refrain before exploding into cacophony of soaring guitars
and a power driven rhythm section. A great track to lose
a touch of the blues with ‘The Girl Who Wants
Everything’, with its acoustic guitar and choral backing
vocals, then the band rip up a melodic storm with the rocking
is just Newman and piano. A great ballad to start of the
second half of the album, then it’s back to the hard
rocking with the impressive ‘Love Song’, which despite its title,
is a great riff laden rocker.
next track ‘Twenty Twenty’ shows this new chapter of
Burn are here to kick some ass. This one has to be played
as full volume. This is Newman at his heaviest.
I tell you, this man has
more layers than my stack of vinyl.
rock keeps on coming with the ballsy bass laden
‘Punishment of Lust’, interwoven with a great dose of
electronica and orchestral backing, giving this a
futuristic metal feel.
same vibe is continued with the simply superb ‘Payback',
which is my pick for track of the album. This is modern Hard Rock for
the modern age. Yeh we all love the 80’s, but the genre needs to
go forward and this one track is what the genre is all about
today. Listen to any of the bands coming out of Scandinavia
who do this so well, it’s great to hear a British band
embracing the same style.
The album closes with the title track ‘Ice Age’, another corker of a hard rocker to round off what is a great album. Let's hope this new chapter of Burn continues in a similar vein and we don’t have wait another 10 years for the next album. The weather outside might seem like the start of another Ice Age, but Burn are here to warm the cockles of your heart like never before.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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