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1. Mesopotamia
2. Animal
3. Lie
4. Coward
5. Cruel Melody
6. The Mark
7. I Have a Need
8. 4 Walls
9. Stop a Bullet
10. One of Yours
11. New Hunger
12. I Am Where It Takes Me
13. Iodine Sky

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00132S4N4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Estes on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Since his infamous exit from Limp Bizkit in late 2001, guitarist Wes Borland has spent his career in what seems like purgatory. Trying to get various projects off the ground, remixing other bands, contributing to soundtracks, turning down high profiles stints for established acts like A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails, only to return to the band he once swore off, just so he could yet again find himself without a job when everything with Limp Bizkit fell to pieces. Thankfully for Borland, he had insurance. While recording Limp Bizkit's last studio offering, "The Unquestionable Truth Part 1," Wes had this little baby brewing, and when Limp failed to take off, Black Light Burns came to fruition, thanks to the studio assistance of Danny Lohner, Josh Freese and Josh Eustis. As if Wes didn't have a long enough journey already logged behind him, the album spent a year in limbo, before finally being released from Limp's label, Geffen, to find a home with Ross Robinson and his new I:AM/Wolfpack imprint. All the years and all the hype. Will Wes' troubles be worth it? What will his music sound like?

Well, thankfully, "Cruel Melody" introduces a refreshingly interesting sound that compliments Borland's preferred style best. Yes, it's a bit heavy on the Nine Inch Nails influence, but there's more than just a Reznor carbon-copy in Borland's work. "Mesopotamia" is the album's quirky, Queens Of The Stone Age-esque opener and sets the somewhat unpredictable, schizophrenic mood of the album. Elsewhere, Wes brings his knack for hooky riffs to meatier cuts such as "Animal," "Coward" and the first single, "Lie." Vocally, Wes is surprisingly up to par.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
We all know Wes Borland, Black Light Burns' guitarist/vocalist, best for his shape shifting days as Limp Bizkit's lead guitarist. But he left that gig in late 2001.

After a couple of failed attempts at reviving his career with Big Dumb Face and Eat The Day (and also reportedly turning down spots in Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle), then rejoining and leaving Limp Bizkit again, here he is with what initially appears to be a successful return in 2007 with Black Light Burns.

Since 2001 Borland has clearly been influenced by Nine Inch Nails and his pal Trent Reznor, because the sounds of Nine Inch Nails clearly come through in Black Light Burns. Adding to this is familiarity would be current NIN drummer Josh Freese and NIN bassist Danny Lohner both backing up Borland on Black Light Burns debut Cruel Melody. Rounding out the studio recording is--according to Cruel Melody's liner notes--some dude named Josh Eustis who did some keyboard work and programmed a lot of the 5th member of the band into the CD.

"Programmed a lot of the 5th member?" you ask? Well according to the liner notes the 5th member is Borland's own Macbook Pro. And the Macbbok Pro, again according to Black Light Burns, will be the only member of the CD recording that you'll see (hear) on the road; the rest of the touring band has been replaced by mostly unknowns.

As I said earlier, NIN's influence on Black Light Burns' Cruel Melody rings through loud and clear. I wouldn't be surprised if tracks 2, 8, 9 & 10 were written with Reznor back when Borland was contemplating joining NIN.

Track 3 is the radio-played Lie, and it's a rocker. In my opinion it's the best track on the CD, and the track that drew me in and got me to make the purchase (the video is pretty cool too).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on January 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Finally out from under the thumb of Fred Durst, Wes Borland is at last getting a chance to spread his creative wings. This new project, Black Light Burns, brings an experimental industrial metal sound to the table that leaves the bad taste of Limp Bizkit far behind.

If there's one thing that really stands out here, it's Borland's guitar playing. Here, he's more eclectic than ever before, from jagged heavy riffage, to spacious melodies, to bizarre jazzy solos and Tom Morello-like effects. Definitely a far cry from the detuned "fart chords" he was reduced to playing with Fred Durst. And of course we also have the mighty Josh Freese contributing some stellar drum work, playing with the kind of perfection that should only come from a machine. There's also the occasional keyboard to add some nice atmospheres, from the almost horn-like synths of "Stop a Bullet" to the gentle pianos adorning the ambient instrumental "Iodine Sky".

The music is largely heavy industrial, tempered with plenty of gothy melodies, and Borland's distintive style to add just the right amount of eclecticism. Of course, the album does venture out a bit, with the title track, a bizarre offbeat ballad featuring acoustic passages and cool female backing vocals. "Mesopotamia" stands out the most, sounding like some sort of weird Queens of the Stone Age parody. This song is actually kind of borderline annoying, and doesn't really fit that well with the rest of the album, but it's a good energetic opener, and if nothing else adds more diversity. My favorite song would have to be "I Am Where It Takes Me", a hypnotically beautiful and minimalist epic, featuring more female backing vocals, this time from the amazing Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde.
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