Release Date: Jun 18, 2012
Record label: Southern Lord Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
The myriad subgenres bestowed upon popular music have become so infinitely intertwined that one literally has to get kicked in the head by rock & roll to recognize its presence in relatively pure form. Burning Love's Rotten Thing to Say is that kind of kick in the head. Never mind its puke-inducing cover art (a butcher's idea of a sick joke!), nor its suspicious association with the sonically extreme Southern Lord label, nor even the telltale hardcore, crust, and metal roots that fuel its innate aggression -- this is rock & roll by any other name, bruthers n' sistas! To be sure, each one of those styles propels this album's more intensely urgent numbers ("No Love," "Superstitious Friend," the 39-second "Tremors," et al.
Sometimes, it feels like dangerous rock and roll has truly gone the way of the buffalo. And then an album comes along that makes you want to put your head through a wall, buy a motorcycle, and/or get a face tattoo. Canada’s Burning Love have created such an album with Rotten Thing to Say. Led by Chris Colohan, formerly of Cursed, Left for Dead, and the Swarm, Rotten Thing to Say sees Colohan’s latest group hit their stride in the realm of rock-influenced punk.
Burning Love and Cursed (vocalist Chris Colohan's previous genre-defining group) are both visceral, though for entirely different reasons. While Cursed appealed to the raw rage that consumes you when completely losing yourself, Burning Love encourage another form of letting go ? the type that comes with having fun. Rotten Thing to Say is rock'n'roll played with hardcore energy for everyone.
Burning Love stakes its claim in the fruitful land between Motor City punk, Northwest stoner rock, and British heavy metal. Produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, the Toronto quintet's second full-length invites multiple moving violations with its screaming, slam-bang dynamic. Eschewing build-and-release, Rotten Thing To Say sprints out of the gate and never lets up.