steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Burning Idols

Self-titled CD


Genres: indie rock, hard rock

Nov 29 - Dec 5 2004

A few listens down the line, and I'm still not hooked by Burning Idols.  Their brand of female-fronted indie rock is filled with attitude and angularity, but it doesn't exactly lend itself to catchiness or listenability.  The band rarely hits upon a good hook, but instead relies on dark atmospheres and guitar power.

The standouts on this self-titled album are "Zero" and "Bitter End", though ultimately all of these songs sound rather alike.  Burning Idols play hard rock combined with an indie rock mentality, like Archers of Loaf or Sebadoh crossed with your average high school metal cover band.  Many of the songs ("Zero," "La Vida") have a strong Drive Like Jehu / Slint presence, which is pretty successful.  Unfortunately, many of the songs ("Holy War," "Rocket") become tiresome due to a lack of melody.

Ultimately, this is a solid local release from a new band playing fem-fronted indie rock.  There's much better stuff out there, but supporting these folks is worth it if you're looking for something solid if unspectacular.


Fun Fact: Burning Idols' drummer was recruited through an internet ad.  Apparently those things work...  Also, this CD came with a really nice t-shirt, so cheers to that!

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]