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Artist: Burn River Burn
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Album: Burn River Burn
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Buy CD: CD Baby
Over the last few years I have really gotten tired of all these bands with drop C guitar tunings.
This is when the strings are tuned down 2 whole steps from concert pitch creating an ultra-low guitar tone.
The strings are so slack that you have to use ultra-heavy string just so the instrument could
produce a coherent sound. It's huge with nu-metal, grunge and some alternative bands. Personally,
it gives me a headache.
Songs available on CD Baby:
Even though Burn River Burn falls into this same drop tuning I was able to listen to the whole
CD and actually like it.
This down trudging guitar was actually right for the music which was very dark and fits the band description of
"Southern Fried Sabbath."
The music is very riff driven and John Paterson's voice compliments the riffs extremely well. In fact, I
could not imagine anyone else filling the role of lead vocalist better then John other then maybe David Coverdale
and I think he is busy right now.
I watched the videos the band has posted on YouTube and "Chilin Fields" was pretty entertaining.
The only issue I had was with the stuck in the pentatonic scale guitar solo. The solo section has so much room
to develop a monster solo and what was delivered was a bit dissapointing. I know the band was looking for energy first
but a killer solo can really heighten the overall performance of any rock song.
This band has great song writing ability and a southern swagger that defines them as a whole. I would be interested
in hearing more music from the band and I would really love to hear something in standard tuning.
American Standard /
Killing Time /
The Chilling Field /
Burn River Burn /
Kat Lady /
Crawfish Etouffee /
deep Hole /
In conclusion, this is a high energy rock band that loves to play great riffs. They need some polish and maybe consider
speeding up some of the slower songs. That low string tention can get pretty boring musicially if the song is played too slow.
I know Type O Negative got away with it but it's not for everybody.
Reviewed by: Charles Harrelson
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
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