Review: Burn Halo – Up From the Ashes

Rated:

2/5

The sophomore album by James Hart’s post-Eighteen Visions project is awash in rock clichés. From its polished, anthemic Nickelback choruses to its Buckcherry-ish cock-rock swagger, it sounds like a Frankenstein’s Monster of modern rock-radio bands. Lost amid the arena-ready hooks, the silly rhymes, and the constantly pummeling percussion is any sense of who this band really is. Even Hart’s voice, which can be pleasingly gritty, sounds like its roughest edges have been sanded clean. Only “Dakota,” which features a surprisingly violent drum eruption a minute into its mournful instrumental opening, offers a glimpse of Burn Halo’s heaviest impulses and reminds listeners of its frontman’s metalcore past. REBECCA RABER

Check out “Dakota” from Up From the Ashes below:

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  • Turdburglar69

    Horrible review

  • Dubbs09

    Review not good Album AMAZING!!

  • Rocker46

    Review not good either are you kidding me! The radio needs to play songs like these its these ratings which is why the radio plays the horrible songs they do

  • Tspate13

    You obviously don’t know good music and probably like the crap that they play on the radio these days.   Burn Halo is actually one of the only good bands out there right now.  They are nothing like Nickelback or Buckcherry (both who freakin’ suck).   Burn Halo is a solid band, who does write hooky choruses…(isn’t that’s what you’re supposed to do).  Who in the hell wants to listen to music that you can’t sing along with?    Metalcore sucks….vocally that is, which is why it isn’t popular.   Musically metalcore has talent…but really who likes to hear someone screaming words you can’t understand?  It’s because they can’t sing so they have to scream.   James H. finally realized he can sing and kind of sounds like a mix between  Axl, Stephen Pearcy, & Layne Staley.  This cd is definitely in the top 10 of this years releases.  Is it a new sound, groundbreaking?  No…but it is a guitar driven cd, for those of us out there that prefer a melodic style of playing rather than “how fast can I play’ or write riffs that make no freakin sense.   How in the world did you get a job as a reviewer…cause you suck at it!!!!

  • Tspate13

    You obviously don’t know good music and probably like the crap that they play on the radio these days.   Burn Halo is actually one of the only good bands out there right now.  They are nothing like Nickelback or Buckcherry (both who freakin’ suck).   Burn Halo is a solid band, who does write hooky choruses…(isn’t that’s what you’re supposed to do).  Who in the hell wants to listen to music that you can’t sing along with?    Metalcore sucks….vocally that is, which is why it isn’t popular.   Musically metalcore has talent…but really who likes to hear someone screaming words you can’t understand?  It’s because they can’t sing so they have to scream.   James H. finally realized he can sing and kind of sounds like a mix between  Axl, Stephen Pearcy, & Layne Staley.  This cd is definitely in the top 10 of this years releases.  Is it a new sound, groundbreaking?  No…but it is a guitar driven cd, for those of us out there that prefer a melodic style of playing rather than “how fast can I play’ or write riffs that make no freakin sense.   How in the world did you get a job as a reviewer…cause you suck at it!!!!

  • Tspate13

    You obviously don’t know good music and probably like the crap that they play on the radio these days.   Burn Halo is actually one of the only good bands out there right now.  They are nothing like Nickelback or Buckcherry (both who freakin’ suck).   Burn Halo is a solid band, who does write hooky choruses…(isn’t that’s what you’re supposed to do).  Who in the hell wants to listen to music that you can’t sing along with?    Metalcore sucks….vocally that is, which is why it isn’t popular.   Musically metalcore has talent…but really who likes to hear someone screaming words you can’t understand?  It’s because they can’t sing so they have to scream.   James H. finally realized he can sing and kind of sounds like a mix between  Axl, Stephen Pearcy, & Layne Staley.  This cd is definitely in the top 10 of this years releases.  Is it a new sound, groundbreaking?  No…but it is a guitar driven cd, for those of us out there that prefer a melodic style of playing rather than “how fast can I play’ or write riffs that make no freakin sense.   How in the world did you get a job as a reviewer…cause you suck at it!!!!