With the release of their storming single Ignorance last year, we settled down to chat with its creators This Burning City to learn more about the band and their attention grabbing sound. At that time the Canadian alternative hardcore quintet were working on their debut EP, declaring that its “sound is going to be huge.” Recently the Blinded EP was unleashed and fair to say the band was not misguided in their prediction. The five track fury is a gripping roar of hardcore lock ‘n’ loaded with an array of punk and metal essences entwined with scorching melodic enterprise. The promise drenching their previous single is potently realised in the release yet at the same time it only opens up new waves of potential to be excited and hungry for ahead.
From the small town of Gananoque in Ontario, This Burning City formed in 2012, school friends coming together to make some noise. A few line-up changes was followed by a honing of the band’s direction and sound, first single Consummation in the September of 2013 the result. With inspirations including Ritual, Dead And Divine, Stray From The Path, The Chariot, Prophets, and The Color Morale adding sparks to the band’s quickly persuasive sound, second single Ignorance last November, awoke stronger and broader attention, and indeed strong anticipation in a great many for the band’s first EP, and as a rousing and volatile tempest of craft and sound, Blinded more than lives up to expectations.
Wasted Time opens up the encounter, prowling riffs enticing ears first before the band, led by the impassioned vocal squall of Steven Harnden, creatively gangs up on the senses. Already the soon to be confirmed variety of the frontman’s delivery shows its strength, as too the band’s sound which perpetually evolves with elements of groove metal, post hardcore, and metalcore adding to an enflamed punk ferocity within the song. It is a tastily intrusive stomp which flows straight into the even more uncompromising predation of Feed The Machine. Featuring fellow Ontarian artist Todd Barriage of Borland Studio, who also mixed and mastered the EP, the track explores a Rage Against The Machine like stalking of air and listener. With the heady beats of Jarrett Montgomery courted by the bestial lures of Nick Deslandes’s bass, the song is as exhaustive as it is fiercely contagious, bellowing and inciting with unrelenting efficiency and addictiveness whilst seemingly confident in the knowledge it will get people to their feet with fists clenched.
A spiral web of guitar enterprise from Mitchell Ferguson and Jacob Harnden quickly entangles ears as In Your Head steps forward next. In no time the song is an addictive rhythmic and energetic shuffle carrying an unshakeable infection within its mercilessly bruising overall tempest of intensity and sound. The carnivorous encounter is sonic rabidity superbly sculpted and coaxed into greater antagonism by the skills of the band yet at times as catchy as any slice of rock ‘n’ roll around today, with the continuing to impress depth of Steven’s vocals the extra spice.
Track by track Blinded just gets heavier and more uncomfortably enjoyable, The Victim the next creative furor to stir up the emotions and appetite. Once more within raw hostility and great unpredictable imagination, weaves of melodic calm and seducing emerge, making full use of their moment in the storm before stepping back into the metalcore raging equally thrilling ears.
The EP is brought to a vicious close by State Of The World, another track, without pulling punches, lyrically and musically taking an individual look at a theme lured within the landscape of politics, world events, people, and injustices. Without being the most unique song on the release, it hauls thoughts and emotions into an impassioned heart and sonic turbulence with striking prowess to potently complete a thoroughly impressive release.
Last single Ignorance certainly whetted the appetite for This Burning City; sparking keen intrigue and excitement for their next move. That step is Blinded, a release that roars that this is a band ready to step into richer and broader spotlights with the hard to argue suggestion of bigger and bolder things still to come.
The Blinded EP is out now as a name your price download @ http://thisburningcity.bandcamp.com/
Check out our interview with This Burning City @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/roaring-flames-introducing-this-burning-city/
Pete RingMaster 21/10/2105
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