Share SPIDERFIGHTCATWATERHATE - Burn In Hell (Drunken Sailor Records)
The bio and artwork (at least superficially) peg 'em as a bunch of pirate-obsessed metal freaks or metalheads. First spin proves Burn In Hell to be the band that Voodoo Rhythm Records missed with a rich line in skeletal piano, drums and bass exotica, a Down Under take on The Dead Brothers.

There are few Australian bands like Burn In Hell. Hell, there are few groups anywhere like 'em. The instrumentation of rolling keys and rumbling bass-lines, banjo, saw and bottle make them a radically different experience from the standard pub fare. Which ain't a bad thing and probably why I've been playing them incessantly since the album lobbed.

Let's get the reference points of the way: There are three of them. Their songs are about drinking and pirates, the dark streets of Melbourne and looking up a girl's dress. Junkies and demented preachers (are there any other kind in Melbourne?) play cameos. Occasional bits of searing guitar burn through the fabric ("Shitkicker Blues") but Burn In Hell mostly plays it for dark atmospherics.

There are deep streaks of irony running down the pantaloons of these songs , which are pseudo sea shanties, ramshackle ballads or twisted (is there any other kind these days?) blues. One's called "Ghost" and has no words. Or sound. Bet that one gets a reaction. Or not. Most of the balance are keepers and the psych-tinged "Kidnap Express", "Not If But When", "Wet Dirt" and "Burn In Hell" are quirkilly outstanding.

Gary Hellenan's piano grabs a large share of the spotlight. If he was a footballer he'd be a marquee player and "Dance Of The Dead Gypsy" would be the piece he played to get a scholarship at musical reform school. Guitarist-bassist-vocalist Glenn Burns intones with the correct degree of indignation, consternation or disturbed detachment.

This is music that simultaneously pisses all over the mock-Goth theatrics of a whole cupboard full of stunted, black-clothed predecessors from their neck of the woods and shares the same cubicle with them. You say this is their first album? Get out of here. - The Barman

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