Burnt Books are a band from South Carolina that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of grind, crust punk and noise rock and this is a review of their 2015 album "Where There's Smoke There's Fire" which was released by Retro Futurist Records.
A very dark and melodic sound starts off the album and a few seconds later the music gets a lot heavier and high pitched screams are added onto the recording and you can also hear a decent amount of both post hardcore and noise rock elements in the bands musical style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
As the album progresses the songs start bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as bringing in the energy of punk and back up shouts, clean singing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses guitar solos and leads are added into some of the tracks and some of the songs also bring in small amounts of clean playing and spoken word parts.
Burnt Books still has a bit of grind and crust in their sound but focus more on a melodic style of noise rock on this recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover angry and hateful themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Burnt Books and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Escape" "These Arms" "Stupid Game" and "La Rosa". 8 out of 10.