The Burning Room – We Invented Thunder.
Record Label: Mediaskare
Released: June 6, 2006
When Anatomy of a Ghost broke up only months after the release of their well acclaimed debut Evanesce, fans were left wondering what was next. Fortunately many good things came out of that break up, the most prominent being the now widely recognized Portugal. The Man, featuring John Gourley and Zach Carothers. However, this wasn’t the only project to materialize out of Anatomy’s demise. Led by ex-Anatomy guitarist Dewey Halpaus, The Burning Room emerged from Anatomy’s ashes, employing a unique mix of hardcore/mathcore and metal influences. Though The Burning Room didn’t receive anywhere near the recognition or acclaim of Portugal. The Man, and broke up after releasing their only album, they did put together a stunning debut full length in We Invented Thunder.
We Invented Thunder is a mammoth of a debut, making it a real shame that these guys had to break up. The album has 16 tracks (15 and 16 aren’t listed on the back), and totals 55 minutes of math-core brain busting brutality. The best way I can think to describe their sound is like Fear Before the March of Flames’ Odd How People Shake with a little more metal influence and the occasional subtle keyboards. The guitars are constantly shredding mathy hardcore riffs and the percussion keeps an aggressive/frantic pace. The vocals combine shouting, high/mid/and low screaming, some gang vocals, and the occasional clean singing. The keys are extremely subtle, and at times are hard to notice or discern from the guitar, but after you get a feel for how they’re used, you can definitely appreciate their place in The Burning Room’s sound. Also, with the keys not employed too heavily on the album, Rustin Briskey is free to assist on vocals at times, adding a nice dual scream dynamic to some tracks. With Dewey (the guitarist) doing the clean vocal parts, The Burning Room make effective use of the multiple vocalists with plenty of interchanging duel screaming and occasional clean vocal parts. Though the gnar is shredded the whole way throughout this album, there are two clean melodic interludes (tracks 5 and 14) and two other noise/ambient short interludes (tracks 1 and 7), giving your brain sometime to recover between hardcore shred fests. Fortunately even with these 4 interludes, at 16 tracks long We Invented Thunder still packs 12 tracks of pure hardcore carnage.
The end result in We Invented Thunder is a spectacular mathy hardcore release, which combines technical guitar and drum kit shredding, subtle keys, and varied vocal techniques to achieve a unique sound within the genre. Unfortunately, at least up until this review being written, there have been no plans announced for the band to get back together or do any more shows, so the least you can do is grab your copy of We Invented Thunder and pray to the gods of shred for a Burning Room reunion.