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Burst - Biography


The story of Burst really goes back a long time. The first seeds were sown some twelve years ago in Kristinehamn, Sweden, when a couple of friends decided to get together and start a band with the intention of just being as maniac and fast as they possibly could, as well as having a lot of fun along the way. During this period they went under the dubious name of Dislars (an obvious homage to all the Dis-bands of that period), and the music produced could best be described as a punishing mix of crusty punk, hardcore, and primitive grind. A lot of shows around Sweden were played, and slowly, gradually the members improved their initially rather poor skills. As the band evolved it became more organized and after a couple of years they opted to change their name to Burst, and simultaniously the music moved in a more serious direction. Recording several demos (one produced by the legendary Dan Swanö of Edge of Sanity fame) and playing a million shows all over Scandinavia (alongside bands such as Breach, Refused and Abhinanda) eventually landed them a deal with Melon Records, who released two albums by the band (Shadowcaster and Two-Faced). These albums showed a band experimenting with sounds and styles, that had not yet found their particular direction. While crude and primitive, they were nevertheless of great importance to the evolution of the band.

The first real turning-point for the band, however, came in 1999. At this point Burst set out along the path which would lead to where they are today. The collaboration and chemistry between this line-up came to fruition in 2000,via the album Conquest: Writhe (released on vinyl by Putrid Filth Conspiracy, and on cd by Prank Records). It is in hindsight a rather strange album. When Rodrigo
Alfaro of Putrid Filth first approached the band they didn´t in fact have enough material for a full length, which resulted in the re-recording of two previous demos, as well as two brand new songs. Despite the somewhat odd nature of the record, it still displays some of the trademark moods and ideas that have now come to be recognized as part of the typical Burst sound, and at the time it recieved a considerable amount of positive reviews from the press.

One might argue that that the first proper Burst album isthe MCD In Coveting Ways, released by Chrome Saint Magnus.This was the first time that all five members contributed to the song-writing, now that everyone was comfortably andfirmly seated in his role. Songs like "Scavenger" and "Black but Shining" still appear from time to time in their live-shows and hold up impressively to their newer material. Having now relocated to Gothenburg, it was recorded in Studio Fredman by Fredrik Reinedahl and Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Opeth), whichresulted in a sound much more suited to the music than theprevious rather thin productions. Musically the band took giant strides from where they had been on Conquest: Writheand influences from a wide variety of genres were displayed. A succesful tour of Europe was done, as well as several gigs in Sweden and Norway.

Still without a proper recording contract the band soonstarted work on their next album, which would come to becalled Prey on Life. The record saw the band continuing ontheir musical journey, while adding yet more layers to their creations. Once again recorded by Fredrik Reinedahl,this time in his studio Phlat Planet, it eventually leadto the band being signed to well-known extreme music labelRelapse Records, and Prey on Life was released in 2003.Working in the studio without any time-limit, Burst wereable to fully explore their visions in a way they had beenunable to before, and this resulted in a highly dynamicalbum, ranging from the beautifully brittle passages of"Fourth Sun" to the psychedelically massive and heavy onslaught of "Rain". Upon its release it was very well recieved by metal media all over the world, and extensivetouring of the United Kingdom, Europe and Scandinavia withbands such as the Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Poisonthe Well and Alchemist furthered the impact of the album.

During these tours, and in the time in between Burst once again started writing music. Determined to once more go far beyond anything they had done before, Origo started taking form. Expanding on the foundations laid on In Coveting Ways and Prey on Life, Origo takes the listenereven further. Adding clean vocals and a host of new instruments, the album flows effortlessly from quiet melodic intricasies to thundering crescendos. Once againchanging studio, the album was recorded in Music-a-Maticby Fredrik Reinedahl and Swedish studio-guru Henryk Lipp.It displays a more organic and irect sound, yet at timesthe album turns chillingly harsh and cold, as for instanceon the eerie "Sever". Detailed and well-crafted, the bandtread from progish instrumentals, to melodic black/death metal in a heartbeat, without ever losing track of their singular vision - that of taking the listener, as well asthemselves, somewhere else...

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