Burden of Grief

Burden of Grief is a melodic death metal band that was formed in late summer 1994. The original line-up consisted of the singer Mike Huhmann, drummer Christoph Schellöh and the two guitar-players Oliver Eikenberg and Philipp Hanfland. Bass-player Ulrich Busch joined the band several months later. Together with him the band recorded their first demo-tape “A Duet Of Thoughts” in spring ‘96.
With a first musical sign of life, Burden of Grief entered the stages of the underground-clubs for the first time. Spurred on by the positive reactions so far, the band decided to enter the Stage One Studio to record their next album together with producer Andy Classen. As a result 5 songs came out which had been released as the “Above Twilight Wings”-MCD. The reactions and reviews to this CD were absolutely great. Even the metal magazine Rock Hard recognized the huge development of Burden of Grief’s music and selected the band for their newcomer compilation CD “Unerhört-the best of the unsigned acts”.
The band played one gig after another and developed to become an impressing live act.

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Slowly Pass OutFields of Salvation4:19
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No Way OutFollow the Flames4:33
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Your Heaven Is GoneUnchained4:11
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Engaged with DestinyFields of Salvation4:18
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Ignition (Intro)Follow the Flames0:42
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The Silent KillingBlack Metal4:09
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Dead Soul DeclineFields of Salvation4:25
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The GameDeath End Road4:40
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The Nightmare WithinFields Of Salvation3:57
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Fields of SalvationFields of Salvation4:06
Magick Records has described Burden of Grief as a German band with a Swedish-style approach to what has been termed "melodic death metal" -- in other words, bands like In Flames, At the Gates, Age of Ruin, the Haunted, and Opeth. Those Nordic outfits have combined death metal elements with a genuine sense of melody, harmony, and craftsmanship; unlike grindcore bands, they aren't strictly about bombast for the sake of bombast. Should Fields of Salvation be placed in that Nordic-style melodic death metal category? Not really. Death metal/black metal is an influence, but what transpires on this 2005 release can't really be lumped in with the melodic death metal and symphonic black metal releases coming out of Scandinavia. Instead of sounding like At the Gates or In Flames, Fields of Salvation gives the impression that Burden of Grief's main influences are American and British bands -- not Scandinavian bands. Instead of favoring a Swedish-type sound, Burden of Grief's material is really more of a blend of death metal and thrash with power metal references -- Slayer is a major influence, as is Iron Maiden (although Fields of Salvation is generally faster and much harsher than Maiden's albums). Mike Huhmann's lead vocals don't favor the deep, guttural, demonic-style growl that death metal is famous for; instead, his gruff vocal style sounds like Maiden's Bruce Dickinson by way of thrash and hardcore. Fields of Salvation (which was, in 2003, produced by Tommy Hansen of Helloween and Pretty Maids fame) won't win any awards for being innovative or pointing metal in new directions -- anyone who was listening to a lot of death metal and thrash in the late '80s and early '90s will hear Fields of Salvation and think, "Been there, done that." But if Fields of Salvation falls short of earth-shattering, it's still decent. The material can be exhilarating -- certainly if one has a taste for high-speed bombast -- and the performances are generally likable on this noteworthy, if derivative, release.
Magick Records has described Burden of Grief as a German band with a Swedish-style approach to what has been termed "melodic death metal" -- in other words, bands like In Flames, At the Gates, Age of Ruin, the Haunted, and Opeth. Those Nordic outfits have combined death metal elements with a genuine sense of melody, harmony, and craftsmanship; unlike grindcore bands, they aren't strictly about bombast for the sake of bombast. Should Fields of Salvation be placed in that Nordic-style melodic death metal category? Not really. Death metal/black metal is an influence, but what transpires on this 2005 release can't really be lumped in with the melodic death metal and symphonic black metal releases coming out of Scandinavia. Instead of sounding like At the Gates or In Flames, Fields of Salvation gives the impression that Burden of Grief's main influences are American and British bands -- not Scandinavian bands. Instead of favoring a Swedish-type sound, Burden of Grief's material is really more of a blend of death metal and thrash with power metal references -- Slayer is a major influence, as is Iron Maiden (although Fields of Salvation is generally faster and much harsher than Maiden's albums). Mike Huhmann's lead vocals don't favor the deep, guttural, demonic-style growl that death metal is famous for; instead, his gruff vocal style sounds like Maiden's Bruce Dickinson by way of thrash and hardcore. Fields of Salvation (which was, in 2003, produced by Tommy Hansen of Helloween and Pretty Maids fame) won't win any awards for being innovative or pointing metal in new directions -- anyone who was listening to a lot of death metal and thrash in the late '80s and early '90s will hear Fields of Salvation and think, "Been there, done that." But if Fields of Salvation falls short of earth-shattering, it's still decent. The material can be exhilarating -- certainly if one has a taste for high-speed bombast -- and the performances are generally likable on this noteworthy, if derivative, release.
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