BURDEN OF GRIEF are going to release their new album "Unchained" in less than 2 weeks!
The band's guitarist Philipp
Hanfland was now so kind to comment on each track that's been featured on the
album - enjoy!
1. Awaken The Nightmare
It was clear that this song
will be the album's opener due to its concise first few seconds. Out of all
songs off the album, "Awaken The Nightmare" is the only song I'm not able to put
a label on, musically speaking. I'm also not able to compare it to other bands,
which isn't a bad thing at all in the end, don't you think?
One of the first songs we've written for the album and one of the
strong ones as well. That's why we decided pretty early that this one's going to
be the title track. Our drummer Robb came up with the song's basic structure and
Joe refined the riffs. A pretty unusual way to write a song, I know, but it
wasn't the first time we did it this way.
3. Sounds Of
The last song we wrote for the album. It’s imple and catchy, but
also very effective. We've used a Hammond organ in the solo parts, as well as in
other parts. Once again pretty unusual for a band like us. But we already used
the Hammond organ on our last album and we think it's really cool.
Operation Eagle Eye
It took us really long to finish this song. I think every
band has already been in a similar situation. The main structure is finished,
but something's missing. For us, it was a thrilling refrain. At the end of our
songwriting process, Joe came up with the song's refrain and suddenly everything
has come full circle. By the way, this song's about the NSA...
An unusual song, but it's making a difference. The main idea
came once again from our drummer Robb, who suggested the cowbell part. At first
we weren't sure if it would suit us. But I had a lot of groovy rock riffs in
mind and so we made a song that turned out amazing, if you ask me.
The Final Chapter
Another song written by Joe, whose songwriting process
differs from mine. My songs are usually more straight and catchier, whereas his
songs are more multi-layered and complex. Both is interesting and it’s one of
the reasons for our album's musical variety. "The Final Chapter" is one of the
best songs on "Unchained", if you ask me.
7. Your Heaven Is Gone
of the album's oldest songs. Less melodies, but with amazing thrash metal and a
lot of cool and groovy parts. We've already played this song live at a couple of
gigs and the crowd enjoyed it a lot, so it will continue to be part of our live
8. Turmoil To The Void
Another song written by Joe, which
is pretty complex and multi-layered. I don't think that we'll play this song
live, because of the various types of guitars that have been used in the studio.
It's ok that we probably won't add it to our set list, because this way you can
explore the song's complexity at home.
9. Black Evolution 666
catchy song that would be a great addition to the set list. Unfortunately, we've
once again used various types of guitars here that would be missing live. That's
why we haven't decided yet, if we're going to play a lean version of it live or
10. Another Way To Die (Bonus)
The oldest song on the album and
also an exceptional one. It's a mid-tempo track with mean lyrics. Similar to our
older songs "Smashed To Pieces", "Reborn", "The Nightmare Within", etc., it's a
song about a psychopath killing people in a disturbing way. This song's part of
the album's limited digipak edition.
11. Neon Knights
Actually, we didn't want to record a cover version for "Unchained",
because we already recorded a bonus disc with 8 cover songs for our previous
album "Follow The Flames. But shortly before we've entered the studio, our label
asked us if we'd be interested to contribute a song to a special release. That's
why we decided to record this song as a cover, because it's one of the faster
songs by Black Sabbath and we can do the cover our way. In retrospect, I'm happy
that this song is part of "Unchained".
BURDEN OF GRIEF's new album
"Unchained" will be released on July 18, 2014 via Massacre Records and will also
be available as limited edition digipak with two exclusive bonus
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