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'Rotten Thing To Say'
(Southern Lord)

jools green

Jools Green

Burning Love Rotten Thing To Say

'Rotten Thing To Say' is the second studio album and follow up to 'Songs For Burning Lovers' from Canadian Punk and Roll five piece Burning Love. If I am totally honest, not having heard the first album, I didn't expect to like this album at all.

Initially the band name and album title put me off but ever professional, I gave it a spin and I am so glad I did because I love it. It is nothing like I expected; it's angry but upbeat, cleverly simplistic in construct, catchy and full of attitude.

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Counting the intro and outro the album consists of fourteen tracks totalling thirty-five minutes and not a duff one amongst them, it's fully listenable from start to finish. Led by Chris Colohan (formerly of Cursed, Left For Dead and The Swarm) who adds to this mix of rock-influenced punk some excellent raging, caustic vocals, with Alex Goodall on bass, Easton Lannaman on drums and Pat Marshall and Andrus Mereton guitar making up the remainder of the band.

The album begins with a feedback laced instrumental, 'Intro', before moving into the straightforward, in your face punk opener 'No Love', with furiously fast riffs and marvellously vitriolic vocals that form the backbone of this album.

The next track 'Karla' tells of the crimes of infamous Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka; excellent stuff. 'Superstitions Friend' is another of the very punk orientated tracks. Simple style guitars and fast drumming make for a track which is both catchy and excellent. 'The Body' is one of the heavier more rock orientated numbers and the next track, 'Made Out Of Apes', is my personal favourite; it has such a catchy groove to it.

'12:31' is an instrumental however there are vocal noises within its construct. With the next track, 'Tremors', don't blink or you will miss this fast and intense thirty-nine second chunk of Hardcore. In contrast the longest track at four and a half minutes, 'Hateful Comforts' demonstrates some excellent rock riffs.

Another track which had a strong appeal for me was 'Damage Case', an excellent blend of catchy and angry. Another short, sharp, shock that gets straight to the point, 'Pig City I', is also a damn good track. This is followed by 'Pig City II', one of the slower tracks with a wonderful dirty groove to it.

Bringing the tempo back up again with final track, the rocking out 'Broken Glass', an anger filled song about the demise of Chris' previous band Cursed. Finally the 'Outro', a mix of distortion, feedback and sound bites ending as the album began.

If you enjoy no frills, in your face, quality punk then you will love this because it just ticks all the boxes; an enjoyable album with bags of attitude. The album was produced by Converge guitarist and extreme music producer Kurt Ballou, at God City in Salem Massachusetts.

'Rotten Thing To Say' is out now on Southern Lord Records.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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