Burning Skies: Murder by Means of Existence

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Burning Skies: Murder by Means of Existence
Deathcore, Metalcore
Lifeforce Records
August 24th, 2004
Release length: 50:49
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What could losely be described as a deathcore release, Murder By Means Of Existence by Burning Skies has some great ideas, but thanks to some rather poor gutteral vocals, it doesn’t live up to the promise that it has hidden in the music. Instead, you have what seems like a half finished project in audio format on a piece of plastic. While it’s not a generic deathcore album by any means, it still leaves some to be desired by the listener.

Unfortunately, Murder By Means Of Existence has some great music, but the vocals often kill it. When the album kicks off, the shouting vocals may take you back for a few minutes, as they don’t really fit with the title track, or “Individual Hate Complex”, but the start and ending of “Narcoleptic Suicide Attempt” has actual gutteral vocals, instead of the failed version we’re forced to randomly sit through on various other songs. However, all of the faults of the vocals are absolutely tolerable for the track “Emo Assassination”, especially since the shouting is much lower then some of the other tracks, which doesn’t work one hundred percent with the album, but definitely helps distinguish it from “Murder By Any Means Necessary”.

While the music on this release is pretty intense, after you get about half way through, you’ll start to get bored with it. There really isn’t that much variety in the songs, even if the structures of the songs are somewhat different. The guitars work for the album, and there’s no denying the drumming on this album is superb, and once you get accustomed to the vocal style on this release, it’ll still annoy you, but not as much as the first time through it. But, no matter what, nothing can wind up saving the longer tracks on here, like “Forever Endeavour”, “Erase This Decay (And Disappear)” and “Symptoms Of Perfersion”, which just feel incredibly drawn out only a few minutes into the song, and “Untitled (Instrumental)” is just a very boring acoustic instrumental that, at about two minutes twenty seconds, finally changes things up with some electric guitars, but only for a brief moment before going right back to what they were playing earlier, except the drums have kept the speed they’ve been picking up since the start of the song.

With the exception of a few songs, this album really is just not good. The shouting vocals are horrible against the somewhat deathcore sounding music, and the group chant vocals, as well as the background scream that randomly appears in various songs, such as “Hatred Remains”, only to absolutely destroy the song by creating a laugh out loud moment, make Murder By Means Of Existence a rather lame album, which is sad because the music on this release is actually really intense, with the exception of many of the breakdowns that aren’t really anything special. The band needs to really consider their vocalist for future records, and hopefully things will wind up sounding better by then. Until then, the potential on this release is destroyed by random hardcore moments and vocals that just flat out suck.

01. Intro – 0:49
02. Murder By Means Of Existence – 4:26
03. Individual Hate Complex – 4:29
04. Narcoleptic Suicide Attempt – 4:52
05. Forever Endeavour – 5:48
06. Emo Assassination – 4:25
07. Thrash Gordon – 1:52
08. Erase This Decay (And Disappear) – 5:54
09. Untitled (Instrumental) – 3:41
10. Hatred Remains – 3:58
11. Symptoms Of Perversion – 6:20
12. Preaching To The Silent – 4:41
Overall Score: 3.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.