Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review:Burning Love-Rotten Thing To Say

This has been one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and not only has it not let me down, it has exceeded my expectations. After releasing their excellent debut LP Songs For Burning Lovers in 2010, Burning Love has been on a steady regiment of touring and have turned quite a few heads, and with good reason. Their brand of hardcore punk with a heavy influence of rock and roll swagger is both heavy and relentless and undeniably catchy. The assault is fronted by none other then hardcore luminary Chris Colohan, who's vocals in bands like Cursed, Left For Dead and The Swarm among others has cemented him as one of the top vocalists in the genre. Rotten Thing To Say picks up where Songs For Burning Lovers left of and manages to expand and improve on every aspect of the band. These 14 songs are by far the best material from the band so far and are capped off with a stellar recording/production job from none other then Kurt Ballou of God City Studios (and of course Converge). The recording is quite a step up from the first LP, maintaining the dirty quality of that record while adding more clarity and punch. Another of the many standout elements from this record are the scathing lyrics from Colohan covering many different bases, including a haunting song about Karla Homolka  (check HERE if you are unfamilar with her) that is most definitely makes for one of the more interesting topics for a hardcore song in quite some time. All and all, Rotten Thing To Say is a record that will be in constant rotation for myself and many others for the rest of the year and beyond, and personally I have almost no doubt that this will end up high in my top ten for the year. Any fan of hardcore punk owes it to themself to at least check this out, and I promise you won't be let down. An essential listen.

Stream "Hateful Comforts" from Rotten Thing To Say via Alternative Press
Purchase the record via Southern Lord Records