Formed in 2011, Burning The Sky is a 5-piece deathcore band that creates a familiar mixture of raw vocals and low-tuned guitars. After releasing a demo and an EP, the band went on a brief hiatus. After 6 months, the band has returned featuring two new guitarists. A year later, the band released their debut full length, “Rebirth,” to the public. The band’s musical styling may have a generic deathcore sound, but the band is able to create some truly interesting bridges/fills that gives the music a much needed extra layer of technicality. The band also earns a gold star for its hate-filled lyrical approach. The lyrics are extremely provocative and will make you question what life is worth and what-or in many cases, who-can truly make you happy when it’s all said and done. It is reminiscent of bands like The Acacia Strain and Thy Art Is Murder.
After the first couple of tracks, I could not comprehend the musical direction that the band was taking. I also could not really get over the raw production aspects of this album, but boy did this band surprise me after a few songs in. The first four tracks you see a very familiar composition-the only saving grace is the drummer’s ability to add in some cool fills and off-time hits-that bored me relentlessly, as we have all heard deathcore of this fashion time and time again. Luckily, from the track ‘Existence’ on, this LP starts to get pretty fucking intense. Vocalist Aaron Maccanico starts to break out of his shell on this section of the album. His raspy highs give the vocals a much-needed mixture away from the constant lows that are displayed throughout the albums duration. The ending breadown of this track is also accompanied by an awesome drum fill, making a generic deathcore breakdown feel more intense than it normally would.
‘Judgement Day’ is where the band really starts to find their stride. This track is much more melodic (while still being bouncy as hell) than the rest of the tracks. Unfortunately, in this track I noticed a continued pattern that was displayed on the first four tracks. There seems to be a bit of an entanglement between the vocals and the other musical elements that are occurring: it makes the track seem rushed or as though the band is not giving its best effort. This convolution definitely hurts the overall reputation of the LP. ‘End of Discussion’ (my favorite track on the album) has an incredible nu-metal feel that benefits Maccanico’s vocal tools. This raspy, spoken-word-eque styling accompanied by tasteful guitar triplets and off-time drum hits definitely makes this track the pinnacle of the album. The band’s attempt at slowing the track down by throwing in gang vocals accompanied by fun guitar riffs halts the track’s perpetual motion and gives this track a better sense of technicality and overall uniqueness.
‘Voices’ introduces some clean vocals from Adam Heise of Pathkeeper. I love the band’s choice in doing this because it continues to expand the band’s sound; I feel it is necessary for any successful band to do this. It would have been nice to hear a little more complex guitar chords over the cleans instead of the generic play chord 1-2-3-4, change chord, play chord 2-2-3-4, etc. until there is a return to the original chord, or at least some sort of lead over the chords to add to the track’s musical technicality. The band ends the LP with a less-than-impressive instrumental track, ‘Antonio.’
Although I may seem very critical in this review, I highly enjoyed this album. These dudes have a lot of potential, and if they can rework some of their material and begin to think outside of the box, I think we’ll be seeing more of Burning The Sky. Some better guitar work, improvement on implementing different vocal styles and more on-time musical arrangements will greatly improve the overall sound of this band’s work.
For Fans of: Carnifex, Molotov Solution, Oceano, Whitechapel, Parkway Drive