26th June 2023 0 By Jon Deaux
SILVERBURN is the solo project of James ‘Jimbob’ Isaac. The Welsh metal visionary began this journey during the cruel lockdown winter of 2020. It has been said that extreme conditions demand extreme responses, and ‘Self-Induced Transcendental Annihilation’ (SITA) began as an elemental response to the almighty global gut-punch that surrounded its creation. 
With this album, Isaac has meticulously crafted a wholly uncompromising solo offering in the truest sense. Spirit Metal, Quantum Thrash, Metaphysical Post-sludgecore… call it what you will, this album takes zero prisoners. A true dark night of the soul, in stereo. Having written, constructed, and finalized each song at his digital home studio within a self-allotted twelve-month time frame, Isaac then proceeded to practice and actualize the live drumming over the twelve months that followed. The two-and-a-half-year creative journey then culminated in the recording studio where JB committed each live instrument to tape with producer Gethin Pearson at his Institute of Sonic Architecture studios in Wales, in January 2023.
Released on 11th August (MSH Music Group), ‘SITA’ is a healing rite of passage. A hero’s metallic journey of total annihilation, rebirth, and healing through fire. With Isaac’s legacy traversing his former bands Taint and Hark, this solo album marks a shift forward from his tried, tested, and influential ‘stoner rock/post-hardcore/prog-sludge’ template. Whilst followers and fans of his signature roots may take some surprise over the hard-hitting direction of Silverburn, the DNA of these songs resides firmly within Isaac’s authentic canon of influences. From the world-ending double-kick maelstrom of opening track ‘Annihilation’ to the cinematic, discordant chug and release of ‘Etheric Crush’ this album draws from Isaac’s beloved eras of 90’s metal and 2000’s metallic hardcore/math/noisecore/space/sludge metal.
While ‘SITA’ is centered around the almighty chug and more of Isaac’s signature discordancy, he also continues his innate thirst for swing, groove and gargantuan tempo drops alongside the barrage of on-point bludgeon. With the nexus of Isaac’s song craft stemming from his drumming heart, this record is laden with seismic rhythm shifts, breeze-block riffing, prog-punk twang, and heartbreaking wide-screen melody/melancholy. In an era where stock pentatonic has become passé and so-called ‘prog’ has already dated, Silverburn smashes with apocalyptic vitality and kinetic spirit. Isaac’s lyrical matter spans multi-dimensionality, Jungian themes of psychology/philosophy, the void, and spiritual rebirth. Equally primordial, visceral, transcendent, healing, and defiant. As an album closer ‘Bathe In Fire’ decrees.. “Your false appearance, crumbling facade, it withers away…My energy rises, immersed in fire”. Silverburn is alive.
The ‘SITA’ cover art is handled by Isaac himself, taking his first step into digital painting. A renowned visual artist himself, he was inspired by jazz/prog/rock art legend Mati Klarwein. Isaac has concocted an intense and jarring vision to compliment the music and lyrical landscape. The final piece evokes classic crossover/thrash with an acid-fried progressive/contemporary sensibility.
James ‘Jimbob’ Isaac – Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums, all songs, co-producer
Gethin Pearson – Recording engineer, co-producer, mix engineer
Grant Berry/Fader Mastering – Mastering
Record label – MSH Music Group
Artwork/multimedia – Jimbob Isaac
SILVERBURN will play at ArcTangent festival in Bristol | August 16th – 19th August 2023

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