The 2010 Burning Empires EP, ‘Heirs of the Soil’, has finally been made available digitally. [PC: Lachlan Hicks, 2010].
Here’s a little blast from the past for your Tuesday arvo.
In that weird period for Misery Signals between 2008’s masterful ‘Controller‘ and 2013’s ‘Absent Light‘ when they were all doing side-projects and were running their record label, another super-group formed: Burning Empires. Made up of three-fifths of Misery Signals – Ryan Morgan, Kyle Johnson and Stu Ross – they broke off to work with vocalist Matt Mixon from 7 Angels 7 Plagues and Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley (or “xHurleyx” as he’s listed here.)
It’s an angry, riffy, melodic hardcore outfit that was absolutely indicative of the ideas and trends in the heavy and alternative music scene at the time of its creation. Mind you, to split hairs, this is more hardcore than heavier metalcore; just in case you were really hoping to hear ‘Controller‘ 2.0.
Originally a 10″ EP released on vinyl via FC records on April 1st back in 2010, ‘Heirs of the Soil‘ floated around for some time, even seeing the group have a one-off Australian tour back in the day. Yet the six-track EP is now, finally, available on Bandcamp. Better late than never, I suppose!
Recorded by Paul Levitt (The Used, Hundredth), and produced by Mike Schleibaum and Burning Empires themselves, it’s not half bad in retrospect, if rather dated sonically. However, if you’re a big fan of Comeback Kid and Misery Signals, then this will be right up your alley! My favourite song would definitely have to be ‘Accomplice‘, for whatever that shinfo is worth to you.
Burning Empires also had a two-track 7”, but maybe don’t hold your breath for that being uploaded anytime soon. Check out ‘Heirs of the Soil‘ below: