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Let me make this very clear – I like Mourningtide! Every time I’ve seen them they’ve put on an impressive show and their EP is something I listen to on a regular basis. Having said that, Trash N Burn is a disappointment.
Mourningtide are one of those bands that have tried incredibly hard to be a “package” – meaning they look, act and sound the part. While this approach may work for some groups Mourningtide have come up short in all departments.
Yes, the CD rocks in some places and the lead guitar work is nothing short of amazing but there are too many aspects of the band which scream second rate at the listener.
Mourningtide are at their strongest when they are mixing up brutal vocals and 80’s metal but there are too many instances on this CD where poor attempts at singing ruin an otherwise decent song.
Almost every song on Trash N Burn has one or two great parts but the bulk of the material doesn’t seem to flow. Couple that with the almost childish lyrics and you’re left with an album that is riding on the back of 2 good songs.
As for the aesthetic aspect of the band their 80’s glam appearance just
comes off as contrived. A band like Avenged Sevenfold can afford to act
and look the way they do as they have the songs and the bank account to
back them up. Unfortunately Mourningtide’s take on glam rock comes
across as way too much of a gimmick.
1. Heat Seeker
2. Viper Town
3. Sink Ya Teeth In