Black Light Burns is equally inspired by heavy-handed hard rock, primordial punk, '80s goth, and melodic radio pop. Initial proof was found in the 2007 debut CD, Cruel Melody, and this sophomore release reiterates the premise with ten thoughtful covers. For good measure, the band throws in a handful of experimental originals that range from gentle keyboard motifs to horror-movie music to brutal skronk.
Black Light Burns is led by Wes Borland, the former guitarist for Limp Bizkit, who displayed his considerable taste by quitting that flash-in-the-pan group early. The album kicks off with an aggressive sprint through Lard's "Forkboy," which isn't a huge leap, but soon enough, Black Light Burns is applying the same assaultive, distorted art-noise style to Love and Rockets' "So Alive" and to a surprisingly tuneful and faithful reinterpretation of "Hungry Like the Wolf." This is discord and rhyme.
Covers of songs by Swans, the Jesus Lizard, and Sisters of Mercy are pretty much what you'd expect, which doesn't negate their entertaining appeal. But Borland and co. also present radical versions of PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me" and Fiona Apple's "On the Bound."
For good measure, there's a fun and cathartic take on "Search and Destroy" by Iggy and the Stooges and a cover of a song from Borland's other post-Bizkit band, Big Dumb Face. (Adrenaline)
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