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“While 2012’s ‘Come And Take It’ EP largely followed the classic-metal-meets-thrash approach that Powderburn have become known for over the past dozen years or so, a much nastier beast has been awoken to represent the band on 2013’s ‘Four Thirty Two’ (aka ‘432’). Opening track ‘Raise The Flag’ is a shotgun blast to the face that calls to mind Pantera circa ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’ and Machine Head circa ‘The More Things Change…’ in equal measure, and almost certainly takes the crown as the heaviest song in the band’s oeuvre to date. Closing track ‘The Substance Of All Things Hoped For’ is a full-barreled technical thrash attack with a brief clean-guitar opening leading into an epic battle of intricate riffage and haunting melodies. ‘Crash’ is the meat in this three-song sandwich of an EP, in more ways than one. Employing both a structure and a galloping lead riff firmly rooted in the hallowed ground sowed by Iron Maiden, but with a faster an”

“The cd kicks off with "Black Untold", a brutal and not so subtle political commentary. The hard hitting title track follows. It's not too often that you hear a heavy rock song with a memorable hook, but "One Fix' falls into this category. More mayhem follows. Great vocal arrangements, slick dynamics, and an effective melody highlight "The Lights Go Down." Lockman shows off legitmate vocal chops on "The Descending", a dark take on human relationships. One of Powderburn's strongest elemetns is the lyrical sophistication they display on such tunes as "Observe" and "One by One". The words, while aggressive, are powerful, deep, and just vague enough to leave the songs open to intereptation. This allows for an even greater percentage of listening audience to relate to the music and the message.”

“Austin metal heads Powderburn were, without question, one of the more fun heavy metal bands we've taken in in these past few months. In addition to the group's flash-inducing skills, it also covered both Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" almost flawlessly.”

“The final act we saw that night was the Austin based Metal act, Powderburn. Immediately from watching these guys and judging by their Jagermeister sponsorship, you could sense that they are an act on the verge of being a mainstream rock act.”

“These lush moments make Echoed in Red a well-balanced album for those who like to hear instruments being "tortured" on one hand and on the other hand also like to hear exceptionally refreshing sounds from the guitars and percussion. ”