Black Light Burns - Cruel Melody (I Am: Wolfpack) - Back
Black Light Burns is a hard rock, gothic, electronic quartet with a unique sound and approach to music. “Cruel Melody” is their first release and has been gain much attention in the rock world.

You can consider these gentleman as a new super-group with Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit and Bigdumbface) on guitars, bass, keyboards, programming as well as vocals, Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) as producer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and programmer, Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Benelli) as engineer, programmer, keyboardist, and sound designer, and last but not least Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals) on drums. Whether you are a fan of their other bands or not, I have to at least have your attention by now.

“Cruel Melody” is different than I originally expected. I thought there might be a larger guitar influence than there is, but it seems the gothic and electronic elements take the cake on this album. So Limp Bizkit fans, don’t expect another version of the Fred Durst fronted band, this is far from it. The only thing that really can be considered part of that musical era is that BLB are signed to Ross Robinson’s label “I Am: Wolfpack.” I hope you know who Ross is by now.

I myself am not totally sold on Black Light Burns “Cruel Melody” because of the lack of metal prowess. Not that it should be expected on this release, but what else do you expect for a metal reviewer to say? Fans of these musician’s other adventures should find at least something to related to, especially those into Nine Inch Nails. Not really my cup of tea, but I do appreciate what they created. True metal fans may be confused by this release, so definitely check it out before you purchase.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins