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BURNOUT – ‘Inside’ Album Review

BURNOUT – Inside

BurnoutBurnout (previously known as Burnout-13) formed at school in 2013. They released their first album, No Brainer in 2016 and had the single, None to Lose played on BBC Radio 6 a number of times.

Their second album, Inside was released on 11th Jan 2019. Burnout are based in Taunton, Somerset, England and regularly gig across the whole of the South West of England and South Wales and have played shows with the likes of Citizen Fish, Wonk Unit, Pizzatramp, Murderburgers, Strange Bones and Ferocious Dog.

The band have reduced their size by a quarter to a threesome and this album is punkier, rawer and heavier than their debut and opens with the excellent I Wanted To Call The Librarian A Nazi But Can’t ‘Cos She Knows My Grandad where bombastic bass guitars meet fuzzed out licks, complex beats and superbly delivered vocals with a melodic edge to the grittiness – we loved this one! The slow entry of Maladjusted with its plaintive guitar flatters to deceive as the fast drums kick in and, eventually the serrated math-punk riffs launch an intriguing song that mixes powerful segments with slower, mournful elements.

Dystopian Unity has a swirling atmosphere that crafts a roller-coaster of a track with periods of sheer mosh-pit power mixing with more relaxed sections reminding me of The Clash meeting Blur on a dark night and then The Hypodermic Needle crashes into view with rhythmic riffs driving home the duelling lead and backing vocals before a psychedelic spoken word middle-eight drives home the nihilistic message.

Burnout are good, in fact, they are very good and Battleaxe manages to channel Green Day and Jaya The Cat in one song and then Tunnels takes on a different vibe entirely with a slower, folkier kitchen sink drama set to a melodic, almost poppy backing. The more aggressive vocals that introduce I’m Rational Now set up a rip snorting punk rocker that exits to a ska beat before the forty-three seconds of Cestoda set up a blistering attack of fast-paced hardcore punk rock!

The momentum is maintained with the terrific Civilization, Shmivillisation, a song that delivers tempo changes from sludge-core to fast paced punk rock and it works. The penultimate song, End Of Chapter One is a heartfelt ballad with plaintive vocals and solo guitar and sets up the four-minute closer, Weak with its ominous opening of big bass notes, spooky spoken/sung vocals and build to a faster and aggressive attack with the entire package reminding me of the first Subhumans single with runaway guitar licks and pounding power.

 

This is one good album from a band truly finding its feet – you can get Inside by Burnout at the following link:-

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