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Released independently on September 17th 2014. Frantic Amber's lineup, as of April 2015, instead comprises bass player Madeleine Gullberg Husberg and drummer Mac Dalmanner.
The debut record of Swedish melodic death metallers Frantic Amber was initially released in September last year and is at this point being released internationally in selected territories. Five of the record's proper songs have been released in different versions even earlier on EPs and singles, so the band was indeed given plenty of time to arrange, remake and record a major piece of this effort.
The music is very attacking, distinct and massive almost all throughout the 51 minutes. Frankly I personally don't think that this type of music is particularly melodic, since it's really just the lead guitar that sometimes forms some kind of melody in the music. From another perspective, without those precise harmonies, the word melodic would undoubtedly disappear in front of the words death metal and something different would in some way predominantly be presented and the outcome would address to another kind of metal fans.
Burning Insight is by far not a unique experience, but yet it comes out as a pretty confident creation that includes death metal, pieces of thrash metal, together with partial black metal influences and finally some heavy metal approaches. Behind the mic, Andrew's input isn't a bad effort, but I feel a little lack of strength and it comes out more mean and poisonous than in fact the way I prefer, brutal and powerful.
It's a decent record that ultimately may be perceived as a little monotonous and repetitive, which to be honest isn't something uncommon through this type of music, because like many other records, it lacks a little variety when looking at the entire picture. The individual songs certainly has its own kind of variation, but after listening to the album from start to finish, it's nevertheless pretty hard to recall which song is which and what happened in each one, which in the long run means that the different parts can't attain the capacity to really crawl inside my skin.
This record won't go down in history as some kind of a milestone, but the creators don't need to have an excuse for their presence either. 5 chalices to a rather satisfactory end result.