Welcome back to Bandcamp Buried Treasure! It's hot as hell out now, so I figured I'd pick the more stereotypically "winter" country I possibly could for this one. Anyway, you know the rules of the article by now:
- I hunt down awesome artists on Bandcamp that have their album up for Buy It Now/Free Download and give them a write up. I'm not explicitly telling you to download the album for free since I'm a big supporter of buying your music, but I like the option for my readership to be there.
- The goal is to introduce you to smaller bands or obscure side-projects you might not have heard of. Anything to expand your musical horizons by just a little bit each week!
- And of course, for there to be a conversation about similar bands or bands you think I should be covering. I check the comments section!
Like I've been saying, I switched the format up a bit with two new sections, titled "The Basic Idea" and "Why I Love It." The former is a short news-style lede that paints a vivid picture of what you're about to hear to get you interested and help you understand a little why I chose the record, while the latter serves simply as a review piece. Here's a punch to the gut via Titan.
The Basic Idea
Clocking in at just under an hour, Titan's Burn runs the gambit from hardcore punk to slow-burning doom metal all while making it sound like this is jus a normal occurrence. Diversity might be a game, but Titan is making the rules.
Why I Love It
For the reason above- Burn doesn't come off as an album that was written with one specific sound in mind and then veered off course from time to time. Burn is an album that sounds like it was written in chunks and then blended seamlessly together so that when there's a jump between genres, it doesn't sound weird.
Grindcore has been marrying sludge into the genre left and right for years, but there's always that stark division where you're very aware that the grind stopped and everything is slow now. That's where Titan succeeds. Where the guitars might be playing something sludgier, the drums keep it up as if nothing ever changed and then ease into the genre that was switched into it, or any variation of that.
Take into account the record is nearly an hour of generally unrelenting, destructive metal and color me impressed. That's an entire hour's worth of switching it up and jumping from idea to idea without making the music stale or boring at any given point. Bands with a massive fanbase can't even do that from time to time, and yet here Titan is just humbly destroying it.
Pick this record up and don't put it down.