Album review: BURN – Ice Age

BURN - Ice Age

Melodic Rock Records [Release date 28.02.18]

Burn released their third album ‘Global Warning’ back in 2007 (and in a nod to that album the opening instrumental on this album is titled ’Global Warning’), followed by an appearance at Firefest the following year and then they disappeared.

Luckily the two original members Marc Stackhouse (bass) and Barney Stackhouse (keyboards), along with guitarist Phil Hammond from the ‘Global Warning’ line-up decided it was time for a new album.

They have recruited two musicians who fit their sound like a glove in vocalist Steve Newman (who has had a successful series of melodic rock albums with Newman) and Tyketto lead guitarist Chris Green.

‘Irontown’ has been released as  the lead song and it gives a good indication of the music on offer, namely melodic hard rock with plenty of guitar crunch and memorable choruses. ‘Jealousy’ is another stonker, with Chris Green laying down a guitar solo reminiscent of one of his previous bands the much missed Pride.

‘Wasteland’ features just piano and Steve Newman’s vocals, who is on wonderful form throughout the album. Lyrically they cover relationships, the state of the world and growing older on ‘Twenty Twenty’, which has the great line ‘I love my wife, but she kisses like my mother’.

Another good ‘un is ‘Payback’ which has former member Julian Nicholas guest on lead guitar, whilst ‘Love Song’ with its Hammond/keys underpinning the guitar, gives the song a nice bluesy edge. In fact there isn’t one filler song to be found on the album, a rarity on most modern albums that often have 3 or 4 stellar songs, then lots of ‘meh’ tunes.

Burn have done it again delivering an album chock full of enjoyable melodic hard rock. Hopefully this time they can get a decent run of live shows and keep this line-up together for more music in the future, as they have found a winning combination together on this album. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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