Sulaco Build and Burn

Sulaco Build and Burn
Fronted by Brutal Truth axeman Erik Burke, who shows off his vocal skill, as well as his guitar prowess, Build and Burn is a flurry of technical wizardry with deep roots in grindcore and a punk ethos. Stepping away from the infusion of jazz signatures found on 2006's Tearing Through the Roots, the quartet layers on the technical time changes and groove-heavy riffs, but unlike other notable progressive, yet extreme, metal bands, melody is thrown out the window, replaced with a rage-induced urgency that's palatable in both Chris Golding's awe-inducing drumming and Burke's unhinged vocals. Burke's vocals are something you'll either "get" or won't, as what stands out on their second full-length, especially on "Make a Move," is the wonderment of how he gets though everyday life without eviscerating someone; it is that angry. The musicianship is undeniably incredible, but it will take a certain type of listener to see the beauty in such an intense album. (Handshake Inc.)