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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical achievement!, November 18, 2008
This review is from: Lazarus Bird (Audio CD)
There is a whole dictionary filled with words that cannot accurately describe this complex and articulate musical achievement. Burst have created an instant classic and certainly one of the best albums of 2008 with "Lazarus Bird."

This albums climbs and twists in so many various themes and styles it could have easily been a mess. However, it more closely resembles fractal geometry with random patterns becoming a single beautiful image. This album ascends to a crescendo of musical aestheticism that has not been matched in a long time.

Balanced and forceful, "Lazarus Bird" starts with something simple but then explodes into an array of styles and dimensions. Your mind will never be the same. Beyond the rocking metal riffs are soft melodic interludes, intense mechanical guitar work and explosive vocals and percussion.

Burst already have established themselves as innovators. However, they have kicked everything up a notch with this album. "Origo" and "Prey" were both standout albums but here we have a whole new step forward. They have surpassed themselves and many others with this new effort.

If you want to rock, look no further than this album. Packed full of intensity and intelligence, this is much more than a bunch of metal songs. It is a musical journey that pummels you one moment and then delicately lifts you upward eventually leaving you breathless.

Fans of Tool, Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me or Meshuggah should buy this immediately without thinking. Everyone else, buy it anyway. It will be the best money you have spent on music in a long time. I know it was for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again!, October 16, 2008
This review is from: Lazarus Bird (Audio CD)
I bought the "pre-release package" with the T-shirt.

I've been a big fan of Burst for some years now, and they continue to deliver.

I think it's funny how they said this album is a little "different" ...that's exactly what Burst means to me. Something a little different.

The song "Nineteenhundred" is a great jam, all members firing on all cylinders.

I really like Mastodon and I consider them to be one of the few worthwhile Burst contemporaries. But I don't know why Burst is not as big as them. (Baroness is great too).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Masterpiece, August 18, 2012
Mislav Forrester (Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lazarus Bird (Audio CD)
From the opening grunt, it is clear that Lazarus Bird is an atypical album. It feels rough, unshaven, slightly off-kilter, largely because of lead vocalist Linus Jagerskog. After singing for almost 15 years, his voice is still one of the most grating, and his words rarely line up evenly with the instrumentals. But these are not in the least part detrimental; they only add to the unusual, unpredictable nature of Lazarus Bird.

Burst have shed much of their hardcore sensibilities and dug deeper into progressive (/post-) metal to make an extremely intricate, complex, heavy, atmospheric, and downright poetic album. Guitarist Robert Reinholdz's clean vocals are eerie, providing a perfect compliment to the rasp of Jagerskog, and the two of them sound unlike any other vocal pairing. Drummer Patrik Hultin is a great time-keeper, and he never overplays his bandmates. Bassist Jesper Liverod is integral throughout and shines most in atmospheric sections, such as the softer parts of "I Exterminate the Eye" and "We Are Dust." Guitarists Jonas Rydberg and Reinholdz maintain a high level of interest through both soft and loud sections and provide the occasional solo that, much like Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt's, is always tasteful and never too long.

Burst travel from experimental hardcore and metal fusion on opener "I Hold Vertigo," which has a very unnerving conclusion to stomping progressive metal in "I Exterminate The Eye." "We Are Dust" starts with a relaxed feel and slowly builds into heaviness. "Momentum" is the shortest piece, and it is mostly instrumental. "Cripple God" picks up with all the energy culminated from "Momentum," with some fabulous harmonized guitar parts from Reinholdz and Rydberg alternated with mournful melodies that seem to stretch for years. "Nineteenhundred" has the most blistering opening, creating stark contrast to the closing of "Cripple God." "(we Watched) The Silver Rain" builds intensity for a few minutes with some great parts by Hultin, leading to one of the album's many standout back-and-forth vocal duets of Jagerskog and Reinholdz. "City Cloaked" is one of the most lyrically beautiful, telling a story from the perspective of a city, with equally inspired vocal parts as "(we Watched) The Silver Rain." Its lengthy ending is fitting and appropriate for an album as substantial and adventurous as Lazarus Bird.

Burst's Lazarus Bird is best compared to left-field standouts like Cynic's Focus and Shining's Blackjazz. It is dynamic and intelligent, fearsome and affecting, brutal and heartful, visceral and illuminating. It is an unfortunately overlooked and underappreciated modern musical masterpiece.

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