When Swedish progressive metal icons Burst disbanded indefinitely after a string of acclaimed albums and a final intense live catharsis in December 2009, the band left a gaping void. During the years the die-hards kept the torch lit while new fans discovered the band’s unique blend of metal, progressive rock and hardcore, but apart from a one-off appearance at Spain’s Be Prog festival in 2018, the band has remained quietly slumbering. Until now.
This fall, seminal German label Pelagic Records will release “A Labyrinth of Layers” – an exclusive vinyl box set of the classic triptych Prey On Life (2003), Origo(2005) and Lazarus Bird (2008). Originally released on CD through Relapse Records, the box set will include the band’s three masterworks, remastered and graphically refurbished, with all new artwork and special collector’s items.
During their tenure, Burst mastered the art of continuous progression, always evolving, always pushing their boundaries, never taking the easy route. Burst’s live performances mirrored their albums; a display of meteoric ferociousness and gut-wrenching grooves, weaving effortlessly in and out of melancholy melodicism, and vast, ethereal atmospheres.