Once upon a time metal was a clear and distinct music genre that had very narrow borders. There were several subgenres (black, death, power, thrash, ...) but metal was metal and if you didn't understand the difference between this and other rock styles, you were a faker and a poser and you didn't deserve any loyal long-haired friends. However, somewhere along the way things changed. Suddenly Foo Fighters were heavier than Tiamat and Metallica headlined every previously non-metal festival. This shift in metal-ideology produced crossover genres and new genres such as nu-metal and, more recently, sludge and post-metal.
Finland has always been a huge player in the metal scene. Many, including me, see Finland as one of the most innovative countries, at least from a musical standpoint. Burweed, a trio that founded in 2009, honors that tradition by releasing a very modern, aggressive and melodic metal album that holds the line between progressive metal and hardcore elements. Yet, alternative metal and slugde influences are never far away. It's like mixing Deftones and Cult Of Luna with Mastodon, adding some flashes of death metal, post-rock and noise.
The result of all this is a massive album with very intense songs loaded with emotion and musical craftsmanship. Hide has become a very angry and agressive album that would never have existed if it weren't for the strong confidence in Burweed's material. The album was already recorded early 2014 but all kinds of problems and frustrations kept the band from actually releasing it. This makes me wonder about new material as well. The six songs on Hide are already filled with so much anger, frustration and aggression that I wonder what the difficult and painful task of releasing this has done to the bandmembers themselves.
However, that is the future and Hide is now. This debut (after two e.p's) is definately a milestone in the band's carreer. It makes clear that there is indeed a lot of variation and a lot of blood, sweat and tears in post-metal. Apart from the opener 'Swallow' and the tandem 'Lye'-'Lie' the songs on Hide are long, continiously changing anthems. Soothing, melodic passages (often Opeth-like) alternate with strong walls of noise and brutally growling vocals.
The untrained listener will be left behind with an enormous headache but the experienced modern-day (post-) metalhead will probably never get enough of this. With this constant stream of modern metal styles, Burweed prove they could be on the forefront of this headbanging generation. All they need now is to continue to believe in themselves, leave all the mishaps and frustrations behind them and conquer stages far and wide. Hard working musicians like this deserve that.