Instrumental music is always a tricky path to walk on and master, and with ‘Burn Embrace’, Telepathy have delivered a solid piece of work, but, sadly, nothing out of the ordinary.
Calling themselves ‘cinematic sludge metal’ hits the nail perfectly on the head. The record does take you on a journey through a different universe, and is probably best listened to in your room, curtains closed to blackout any light, and volume turned up to the max, to fully seclude yourself from any other sensory input.
Even then, it takes a number of re-listens of ‘Burn Embrace’ to fully take it in. The more you pick apart every song, the more you discover and the more you’ll be able to actually appreciate the craftsmanship that went into every detail of it. Though, no matter the amount of small things that suddenly may jump out at you, it’s still hard to tell most of it apart as one track smoothly transcends into the next one.
That, on the other hand, is exactly what you want from instrumental music, though, isn’t it? To be able to take you on an uninterrupted journey and the ability to be played on a loop, over and over again. Despite that, there’s still a constant underlying desire for any kind of climax or standout sections, which is sadly never met at any point on the album. The occasional vocal sequences, especially the one at the end of ‘Sorrow Surrenders Its Crown’, are the only thing adding any kind of spice and surprise to it all.
In the end, ‘Burn Embrace’ is a decent album to put on to forget everything around you for however many turns you decide to give it. Have no expectations to be wowed or swept off your feet, and it’ll do just fine.