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   BURDEN OF GRIEF
Fields Of Salvation
2003
Remedy Records
http://www.burdenofgrief.de


rating: 3,5/5

1. Desaster And Decay
2. Dead Soul Decline
3. The Nightmare Within
4. Engaged With Destiny
5. Fields Of Salvation
6. Slowly Pass Out
7. Yearning For Salvation
8. The Silent Killing
9. Don`t Fear The Creeper

Burden of Grief have been around for about ten years already but this only their third full length release. Even though I have heard their name before, "Fields Of Salvation" is my first exposure to the band's music.

Buren Of Grief is labelled melodic death metal, something I only partly agree with as I think the amount of death metal is quite small. For sure, it is inevitable to name In Flames as a major influence, plus also any other sucessful swedish melodic death metal band. But that's not the only ingredient of Burden Of Grief's sound. There's also plenty of influences from thrash metal and especially classic heavy metal (Iron Maiden) in there. So, the music is raw and aggressive yet very very melodic at the same time. That combination doesn't sound all to new to you? Same here. The originality factor of this album unfortunately is not very high.
Thanks to some of the remarkable melodies, most of the tracks are catchy as hell, so you will soon find yourself shouting along to the tracks or whatever you do in such a situation ;)

There are two things bothering me that I want to mention: the keys in the second track "Dead Soul Decline" sound like they were either borrowed from a gothic metal band or a 80s pop group. The second thing is the sound of the bass. While it's positive you can hear the bass at all I just don't like its sound. A matter of taste perhaps.

Still, "Fields Of Salvation" is definitely an enjoyable album to listen to, an album that should appeal to a wide range of metalheads out there.

submitted by Cora 08.02.2004

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