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Monday, August 6, 2012

New Band To Burn One To: BURWEED



The area of Karhula in South-East Finland is the origin of numerous metal acts such as Omnium Gatherum, Total Devastation, Domination Black, and Demonic Death Judge just to name a few. Musically, however, Burweed dives in the murkier waters introducing a thick atmosphere, a sense of ever-present danger, and ocean-sized melodies to the genre of alternative metal: their brand new EP “Eyes Down South” is a strong display of this.

The first foundations of Burweed were cast in 2008 when Toni and Eetu began to experiment with post-metallish soundscapes in the legacy of bands such as Neurosis and Callisto. In 2009 the line-up was reinforced with Lauri on drums and a bit later with Sakari Salonen on guitar. Soon the recordings of the self-titled debut EP were on the way. “Burweed”-EP was released in April 2010 and it was immediately recognized by listeners and received gratifying reviews in media. The sound of the EP was described as sad, atmospheric and crushing; yet with glimpses of hope here and there.

After touring in support of their self-titled debut, Burweed has been trimmed into a three-piece band as guitarist Sakari left the band. The new release “Eyes Down South” will mark the first live shows of this new line-up. Working as a trio opened up completely new approaches to songwriting. By writing new material with the trio base in mind, the songs became more versatile, coarse, and, surprisingly, more melodic. It also gave space to more adventurous arrangements, giving more room for each band member to perform. With “Eyes Down South” Burweed has truly found its own voice.


"Wave after wave of crushing riffs unmercifully bludgeon your ears until eventually giving way to a calming lull only giving you time to catch your breath only to get slapped in the face again. This Finnish 3-piece known as Burweed plants an abundance of deeply rooted post-metal sludge into the mind of the listener. Using wonderwall atmosphere and shapeshifting layers of sound, the music settles into a mind-numbing psychedelic experience. Vocals bark amongst the seismic riffing on EP opener "Less To Come" then tears into a fuzzy breakdown eventually leading back into the bone crushing mayhem. The madness continues despite the title of the opening track and does so with reckless abandon eventually culminating into the epic EP closer "Eyes Down South". Take notice because Burweed is a band to watch."

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