Burr Oak – Ring The Death Knell (Eatbrain)

by | Feb 20, 2023 | Reviews, Tunes

A little while back I covered Burr Oaks track Supreme Entity. Now we have Ring of Death Knell, the next single of the forthcoming album for the super group comprising The Clamps and Opsen. With releases across C4C, Trendkill, Blackout and this Eatbrain release.

The tune starts with a typically massive intro which builds and evolves superbly into the a rampant drop. The drum work is super sharp and the bass line chugs along with a raspy, dagger like charm. The bass fills are dirty and crisp in production and the drums cut through nicely, with plenty of fx and synth prowess to compliment and to drive the tune along like a juggernaut cruising down the highway.

The 2nd break is equally massive and leads us into a more glitchy mashed up version of the first drop. I love the production from Burr Oak as they create such a big soundscape around their clever and punchy basslines. I think they are certainly one of the top producers around at the minute and as I alerted too in my last review they certainly have the capabilities within them to reach the status of a Noisia or Black Sun Empire at some stage in their careers. Extremely excited to hear what the rest of the album brings and look forward to seeing how they continue to progress of the coming years.

Another thing worth pointing out is the cover art is absolutely fantastic with Pencil and ink work by László Tringli (Trinyó Art) and colours by colours by Ádám Juhász (‘shep.hu’).

There is also a fantastic storyline that comes with the artwork which helps set the scene for the music. It’s a great package all in all. Check out the story and tune below

“From within the remains of a ruined temple burst a pair of ten gallon hats, which clung to the heads of two travellers who now found themselves far from home. The vast desert that lay before them was the same that they had known, but the inhabitants that strode upon it’s surface were quite different from any that they had seen before. A menagerie of mechanical creatures bearing eerily human form were all that seemed to inhabit this furthest expanse of the world, and as Scruggs and Sonny Jim emerged into the sunlight that scattered off of the creature’s metallic exoskeletons it quickly became clear that beings of organic construction such as themselves were not welcome here.
Knowing that they had earned the ire of the unspeakable presence that dwelt within the temple behind them, the pair decided to face the mechanical menace before them with a grim certainty of purpose as they spoke
“Yup Sonny Jim”
“The Death Knell’s gon’ be ringin’ for someone by the end of this here day. What’s saying we try and make sure it ain’t us?”
With Scruggs’ agreement communicated through a tip of his hat, Sonny Jim procured from his pocket a bundle of dynamite and lit its fuse in a single fluid motion, heaving it into the horde before them as Scruggs whipped a pair of revolvers from his holsters and unleashed a cacophonous barrage of bullets from their barrels. As the sounds of his shots hitting their mark began to reach the pair’s ears, the two cowboys charged forth into the fray, kicking their way through the hollow hunks of metal that sat now sat lifeless after Scrugg’s initial salvo. Lacking any sort of plan, the pair relied purely on their own gumption to see them through as they employed every trick the cattle trail had ever taught them even the odds they now faced. Indeed, such was their resolve that Sonny Jim had all but forgotten about the dynamite that he had thrown when it exploded some distance away, knocking them off their feet and engulfing them in a flash of light that seemed far brighter than he had expected. As the sounds of battle began to fade around them, Scruggs and Sonny Jim wondered only one thing. Would they ever wander familiar trails again? Or were they setting off on a new route, one that lead only to that great big cattle drive in the sky?”

Check out the tune here

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Minor Flux

Hi I'm Minor Flux. I'm a producer and occasional DJ of dnb. I've been into drum n bass for about 20 years now and producing for around the same time. I used to produce under the alias KS and had releases on labels such as Formation Records, Grand Theft Audio, Abducted LTD and many more. Now under the name Minor Flux for the last couple of years mostly making techy dancefloor and neurofunk styles and a few bits in between.