The Violet Burning - Chosen

Tuesday 1st October 1991
The Violet Burning - Chosen
The Violet Burning - Chosen

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: New Breed FLD9116

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The fact that it's taken nearly two years to see this gem of an album released in the UK should not deter lovers of quality rock music. Dubbed an 'alternative' band by America's Christian music industry (meaning they sound more like the 77s and Choir than Michael W Smith and Petra) their billowing, droning, eery sound has dated not an iota while the lyrics pitched artfully at the spiritual seeker bite with all the power of an encounter with the utterly convinced. Michael Pritzl's lead voice is a wonderous hoarse bellow on the rockers and hoarseley soulful on the climatic ballads, The guitar work from the guys, be it open hired drone (ala Choir) or funk rhythm on "If You Let Me" is mean and nasty. The best cuts are the heavy metalish "Love Is A Loaded Gun", the strutting "Groove Baby ~ White Soul" and the truly devastating ballad The Killing". In the States there's a new Violet Burning album out but catch this one first.

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6. The Killing [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Carlos in Fresno California @ 20:27 on Dec 28 2008

This band, specifically this CD really influenced me as a teenager. The way they merged funk rhythms and dark, melodic tones was truly revolutionary. They were so underground. This is truly a classic release.

Posted by Shane in Stoke, England @ 19:39 on Apr 14 2006

'The Killing' must be one of the best Christian tracks ever!

Posted by David in United Kingdom @ 17:06 on Apr 12 2006

Really like The Killing, very emotional !

Posted by Becca in USA @ 13:03 on Dec 14 2005

Chosen is a classic, or at least should be!!

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