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Burning Bridges

Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

2. Dead Inside
3. Pilgrim
4. Silverwing
5. Demonic Science
6. Seed Of Hate
7. Angelclaw
8. Burning Bridges

Review by Death8699 on November 23, 2019.

Alright, well this album is a great follow up from Stigmata (1998), but it lacks the heaviness of that their predecessor dishes out. Yes, it does this, but that doesn't make it a not so phenomenal release. Too many people, after they heard Burning Bridges, gave it a lot of negative press and I heard a lot of complaints. That would be such as the production not being thick enough, the leads were half-assed, and some guitar parts are just merely monotonous. The hell with that because there are some riffs on this release, especially the chorus of the song "Pilgrim", which makes my arm hair standup just to hear it.

I agree that there will be no more Stigmata for the band. But like releases because that one is almost impossible for them to ever duplicate. But they didn't give up like At The Gates did after "Slaughter of the Soul" (1995). Sit down and listen, Arch Enemy has tons of material on here I think you'll learn to respect over time. To those metal guitarists, they are in B-tuning on here. That makes the music sound heavier and more brutal. However, this album remains to pull off melodic riffs with Johan not drowning out the riffs. Michael Amott coached Johan through the release to this album. His vocals go hand in hand with the songs quite well.

Check out the songs "The Immortal", "Pilgrim", "Dead Inside" and "Silverwing." These, to me, are my personal favorite tracks. The later version of this release contains live songs, both new and old. The bonus CD features 17 tacks in all and runs for about 75 minutes in-length altogether. They are still able to pull off great the melodic riffs captured on their live songs. Definitely a good thing.

A lot of the lyrics and sounds of it reveal dark depression some of us humans go throughout every day of our lives. To connect with that type of melancholy is great when you're really in that type of mood or maybe not? Nevertheless, Burning Bridges offers variety in songwriting style with no blast beating, but just great overall melodic death all the way through. They have a bonus track on here by Iron Maiden entitled "Aces High."

Johan Liiva, their previous vocalist, puts for I think his best vocal effort ever for Arch Enemy, making it that much easier to get into. Plus, it fits the music much better than say on the first Arch Enemy release titled Black Earth (1996). The regular release of Burning Bridges isn't that track lengthy but cherish every song because it will not let you down with just mediocre melodic death metal. Come on, this is Arch Enemy we are speaking of, they are giants within their own genre. 

Rating: 9 out of 10


Review by Allan on March 20, 2002.

By now you probably know at least who Arch Enemy are and have some idea of what they sound like. "Burning Bridges" is the third album from one of the best bands to ever come out of Sweden. Eight tracks of melodic and powerful riffage from Arch Enemy has suited me well.

Musically, the band has improved. They have taken the highest elements of their music and amplified it to become something stronger and more powerful. The vocals have improved from what they once were, but not by much. John Liiva has become more confident in his vocals. Liiva’s problem isn’t really his confidence though. His problem is that he has very little range. He stays were he is comfortable, and doesn’t try anything out of the ordinary. At least that’s not the same with the guitars though! The music has become even more melodic than it once was. The harmony and excellence that the Amott brothers play together with is very impressive. The solos seem to be even more interesting than they once were and are simply stunning. The Amott brothers are one of the best guitar duo’s ever, and their ability to find an excellent riff or lead is unparalleled by their competition. Everything on this album seems to be more memorable and something that you will be banging your head to even when the music is off.

Arch Enemy is consistent in their ventures into metal. Their hard work and determination to become one of the leading bands of the scene has paid off. They continue to separate themselves from being clones of the scene and instead of following the footsteps of In Flames or the like they destroy everything in front of them to forge a new path.

Bottom Line: This album is necessary album for anyone into melodic metal, or anybody who is loves the style of the Gothenburg scene.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 8
Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 8
Overall: 10

Rating: 9 out of 10


Review by Adam on March 20, 2001.

One band that has managed to stick it out and already begin to leave their mark on the death metal world is Arch Enemy. This disc is an example of years of practice and hard work, and the reward is given in the form of many dedicated and loyal followers. As most of you know, this is Arch Enemy's third release. Their previous effort, Stigmata, in more ways than one, was a bit of a departure for the band, both musically and vocally. With Burning Bridges; however, the band returns to what made Black Earth such a killer debut. The songs are nice, tight, and short not to mention catchy and brutally heavy. The guitars are perfect, the drumming is perfect, the bass is perfect, and even the vocals, which many shun as being the weak link for the band, are incredibly powerful. One of the highlights on the album is Angelclaw. When you hear this song, you know this is the song that could best be used as a finale at a live show to bring down the house!

Bottom Line: I urge all of you true metal heads out there to pick this up straight away!

Rating: 9 out of 10