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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 2

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Burn Season: “Burn Season” (Bieler Bros. Records)

After initial dealings with the folding Elektra Records, Burn Season found their brand of Nu-Metal Heaviness on Bieler Bros. Records. The group is closer in style to that of early Linkin Park as opposed to the recent crop of Metal Core acts and holds a passionate style that makes the oft-lambasted Nu-Metal label a little more acceptable. Solid riffs and harmony vocals tempered with the razor screams of Damien Starkey are par for the course with this self-titled CD so if you enjoy Hard Rock with a dose of today’s “edge” mixed in for good measure then this is a group for you.

Casket Salesman: “Sleeping Giants” (Longhair Illuminati Records)

The Casket Salesmen are much along the line of a melodic experimental rock band than their cryptic name would ever have you believe. They blend alternative feels with tasty rhythms and melodies to give you an enjoyable dose of Rock & Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Phil Pirrone the group adventures into several different genre territories and yet still manage to capture the listener’s attention on every cut. There is a lot of Post-Punk vibe that sometimes touches upon the Prog-Rock angle along with some Ambient feels that make the band something worth listening to a few times before making rash judgment.
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“Burn Season” by Burn Season

Artist: Burn Season
Title: “Burn Season”
Label: Bieler Bros. Records
Release Date: 10/11/2005
Genre: Nu-Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

It wasn’t too long after their initial dealings with the folding Elektra Records that the band Burn Season found their brand of Nu-Metal Heaviness on Bieler Bros. Records. They are a group that holds a little more similarity to that of early Linkin Park and perhaps some of the later Sevendust and to their defense are a lot better than the oft-lambasted “Nu-Metal” title merits. They have a strong and passionate style that blends solid guitar riffs and harmony vocals along with the pre-requisite screams often found in this genre of music. They are more interesting than many of the other bands that deliver this kind of stuff and they should be able to find a fan base with those that are following Stone Sour as well. Singer Damien Starkey has a good voice and he sure seems able to take it into many different directions on the album. There are times when he reminded me of Corey Taylor and at others Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) yet at the end of my listen he still held levels of originality.
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