Barn Burner is a breath of fresh air within the crowded technical death
metal scene of Quebec. The quartet bring an intensity and catchiness to
their brand of heavy metal with touches of stoner and classic rock. Newly
signed to Metal Blade records, Barn Burner are a different breed from what
the typical Metal Blade roster boasts.
"Bangers" was originally released by local Canadian label New Romance For
Kids, but Metal Blade has re-released it and is already one of the best
releases of 2010.
almighty riff reigns supreme on "Bangers." Every song represented has a
boogie groove to them with a loud, full-on, in your face pummelling.
Distorted guitar riffs permeate throughout "Bangers" with a nod toward
'70s-style fuzz rock. Barn Burner meld Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Priestess
and Fu Manchu together, while treading into Mastodon's prog-psychedelic
territory as well.
Smokes" kicks off, and right away, you'll be swooped up within the monster
wall of sound that is stamped all over "Bangers." The theme of marijuana
runs rampant throughout Barn Burner's bio. Even their MySpace page lists
them as hailing from Bongtreal. "Beer Today, Bong Tomorrow" channels some
great Sabbath riffs and is just an awesome song. No further explanation is
needed. "Brohemoth" is the longest song on the album at 6:29. It's up, then
down, and just when you think it's gone on far too long, a groovy riff picks
you back up.
complaint for me is that some of the songs seem to outstay their welcome and
start to lose interest. But then a monster riff or guitar lead kicks in and
you're right back in the groove. "Bangers" is surprisingly fresh and fans of
this sound will undoubtedly be hooked.