Aug 2013 26

Blackburner - Planet Earth AttackBlackburner
Category: Electronica / Dubstep
Album: Planet Earth Attack
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Blackburner continues an onslaught of great music on this latest release, showing everyone that they are prepared to join Skrillex at the top of the dubstep mountain.


After taking one listen to Blackburner’s sophomore album, Planet Earth Attack, it is easy to comprehend how Skyla Talon’s extensive background in metal transformed him into the DJ he is today. Talon got his start in music when he formed the band Killingbird after moving from Michigan to Los Angeles. In 2005 he joined Scum of the Earth, which also included former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs. He then continued his metal career with a stint in his band Modelsaint as the guitarist and vocalist from 2010 through 2012. Talon brought Blackburner to fruition in 2011 with the release of his first well received album, Feel the Burn. With Planet Earth Attack, he ventures into a more sci-fi direction, while still combining the aggressive bass beats of dubstep and glitch with the harmonies of rock, industrial, and electronica. This combination has created a unique sound for Talon, which is also very appealing. It has also been said that a brief meeting with William Shatner inspired Planet Earth Attack and he is even featured in the first track. Talon accelerated his use of collaborations on this album and it adds another level of depth to his music that also makes Blackburner an increasing target for club and airplay.

The title track of the album starts out delivering standard dubstep, all while laying out a futuristic soundscape used to build the album into the dazzling and aggressive style Blackburner is known for. The second song, “Burn, Burn, Burn!” jumps right into an industrial inspired, very Prodigy like fury and never seems to let up. Other standout tracks on the album include “Night Air,” “I’m In Love with the City,” and “Apocalypse,” all of which are collaborations. “Night Air” features Lady Startlite delivering a great vocal performance and uses a variety of breakdowns similar to Nero. The house and club infused “I’m In Love with the City” features Geri X and contains simple yet luscious vocals. “Apocalypse” is an incredibly danceable track bonded with goth inspired dubstep, featuring the lovely Jessica Jean. The true standout on the album would have to be the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” which features Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood of Yes. The track’s style is in a more pop and electronica vein with drowning vocals, but doesn’t fail to incorporate dubstep that fits the Pink Floyd song perfectly. Overall, the album has enough going on to keep anyone enthused, even with 17 tracks, and fans of dubstep will thoroughly enjoy it. Even if you are just venturing into the genre, Planet Earth Attack is a great place to start.
Track list:

  1. Planet Earth Attack
  2. Burn, Burn, Burn!
  3. I Got the Key
  4. Play This World
  5. I’m In Love with the City
  6. Night Air
  7. Time Travel
  8. Too Close
  9. Electric Flesh
  10. Apocalypse
  11. 50 Grades of Space
  12. Comfortably Numb
  13. Alien Death Bunny
  14. Another Dimension
  15. The World Is Ours
  16. Pills
  17. Set This Fire (Burn, Burn, Burn! Part II)

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