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Burn (Sweden) - 1984 Burn



ARTIST: Burn (Sweden)
ALBUM: Burn
LABEL: Moonshine Records
SERIAL: SMSLP 1006
YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tomas Ecklund ('Tom Oakland') - vocals * Tomas Yilvainio ('Paul Garry') - guitars * Ilpo Ylitalo ('Pete Carry') - guitars * Hans Hansberg ('Alex Hill') - bass * Ismo Ylitalo ('Patrick Fox') - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gates Of Hell * 02 Get Lost * 03 Burn In Fire * 04 Make Her Mine * 05 Fade Away * 06 Living On The Highway * 07 Good Or Evil * 08 Fata Morgana * 09 I Know You * 10 The Rebel


Background
This might well be the most deceiving act in hard rock history. Adopting assumed English names to replace their natural Swedish ones, Burn's overall sound is very reminiscent of the NWOBHM, to the point that if you had never known about them previously you would be fooled comprehensively. Originally put together in Sandviken, the brief information available on Burn reveals the album was recorded in at Hillestudio in Gavle, Sweden, with the author of the notes found on Metal Archives claiming to be tightly knit with Burn while the album was being recorded, even participating on backing vocals. True or not, this is not similar to Deep Purple as one source alleged, instead it's a mixture of Iron Maiden meets Def Leppard, with a leaning towards hard rock more than metal. It was a promising opening that was never capitalised on.


The Songs
This is a raucous feast of heavy riffing, often with AC/DC overtones, but a lot of early Def Leppard before they went soft. 'Get Lost' is certainly metal, played fast with everything rushing by at 100mph in the grand NWOBHM tradition. Ecklund's vocals are obviously European, how they thought they'd get that past anyone is a good question. 'Gates Of Hell' is more than standard, the riffs are solid, and this one has a hint of old warhorses like Tygers Of Pan Tang about it. Iron Maiden inevitably shows up during 'Burn In Fire', especially in the much copied guitar harmonies, with Burn demonstrating a likeness for Motorhead also in the bass and riff work. The 'oh shit' chorus of 'Make Her Mine raises a grin or two, this is hard rock at its most basic, with a clear nod to AC/DC circa 'Back In Black'. The weak production hinders tracks like 'Good Or Evil', leaving it sounding like a dated remnant like Dumpy's Rusty Nuts or Juicy Lucy, but another Iron Maiden clone, 'Fata Morgana' adds a more incendiary touch, the instrumental reliving Maiden's Dianno era. Melodically minded throughout, 'The Rebel' exceeds the bunch with more Leppard riffing, recalling the classic 'High And Dry' or 'Let It Go'. Whoever heard Deep Purple in here must have just assumed that judging from the bands name.


In Summary
This was Burn's only visit to the studio under that name, supposedly going under like their label. Reportedly the band reformed as Squealer, but as yet info on this band has proved unattainable. 'Burn' is worthy of being attained otherwise, there's enough pure excitement to rank it as an obscure classic and it is one of those albums collectors of rare hard rock and metal get excited by. Often that's more to the image than the music, but the music is the reason this warrants an easy thumbs up.


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