BURN­ING VOW

BURN­ING VOW (HOLY ROAR/CHURCH ROAD)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

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FOR FANS OF: Pall­bearer, OHHMS, Warn­ing

■ Not only do Burn­ing Vow have lit­er­ally zero in­ter­net pres­ence, the Uk-based band have kept up their mys­tique by never hav­ing played a gig – and al­most cer­tainly never will. Fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Pariso, Em­ployed To Serve, Group Of Man and Har­rowed, they’ve also lim­ited phys­i­cal copies of their de­but full-length to just 300 vinyl copies and 50 CDS. It’s well worth pick­ing one up if you can, though, be­cause these five sludgy, slow-mo­tion doom/stoner me­tal songs are both ma­jes­tic (if ugly) and pow­er­ful (if unas­sum­ing). Void Of Ob­ses­sion merges crunch­ing riffs with am­bi­ent, dis­em­bod­ied vo­cals, while Al­pha. Omega.era­sure. – on which two sec­tions of fren­zied gui­tar bursts sand­wich an al­most grace­ful psy­che­delic lilt – demon­strates the band’s ver­sa­til­ity. Cos­mic and epic eight-minute closer The Ad­vo­cate, mean­while, reaches to­wards the stars but only finds the doomy abyss of black holes in­stead. Hope­fully this isn’t the only thing Burn­ing Vow ever re­lease, be­cause they’re far too good to re­main a se­cret. MIS­CHA PEARL­MAN

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