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Album Review

On this, their third full-length and most widely distributed domestic release, Violet Burning expanded their sound to an almost epic alternative scope with sweeping soundscapes and intensely personal lyrics. Joining band leader, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael Pritzl on this 1996 self-titled Domo Records release are guitarist Jef Schroeder, drummers Jeremy Wood and Lonny Tubbs, and bassist Jason Pickersgill. The most common comparisons of Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead are certainly in order, as Violet Burning reaches for a dramatic, expansive pitch throughout its 12-song tracklist. Besides the more obvious influences, strains of the Flaming Lips and even Neil Young can be heard, especially on Pritzl's vocal work in track like "Arabic Tremolo Radio" and "Blind." The sublime aching for spiritual release is quite palpable on these tracks and other standouts like the live favorite "Low" and the expansive "Waiting." Superior to previous releases, Violet Burning represents an leap in aural and musical abilities for Pritzl and company.

Customer Reviews

RknRowl, get a grip.

There is an indication of a swear word in the liner notes for "Fever." (I believe it was a trail of asteriks?) The truth is that at the point in which Michael was to voice this "cuss word," there is a crash of feedback that completely obliterates ANY ability to hear the cuss word. In fact, it could be debated that he never actually recorded the cuss word. If this is such a stumbling block for you, perhaps this is not your kind of music. To me... yes, a Christian, Mr. Pritzl is of only a small few who can vocalize the human condition of being a Believer in this world of ours. There are (as I see it) testimonies of true love (both between lovers and between "man" and Our Lord), lyrics of loss, and even words of searching to find that place in this world that we live in. I'm truly sorry for those of Faith who don't see the beauty and HONESTY in this amazing album. Certainly one of my favorites of all time.

NO F in Fever

Strange. I've had this awesome disc for 12 years, and I never heard it. I listened to it again 3 times. It says "Fall Apart". Whatever. Anyways, this is a wonderful album. TVB's "Faith and Devotion of a Satellite Heart" is great, too

"Fever" has the F-bomb

Although this album is great musically (hence the 5 stars), Christian fans should be warned that "Fever" has the f word in it. (where's the explicit label iTunes?). When I found this out, I was very disappointed with the band. I've heard all the oh-so enlightened arguments about how this shouldn't be an issue, but it is. When Peter denied Jesus, what did he do to convince people that he didn't know him? He began to "curse and to swear, saying I know not the man." Matthew 26:74 I'm not saying that the band is denying Jesus. I'm saying that there are words that Christians should avoid.


Formed: 1989 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A truly unique band, Violet Burning combined equally rare and diverse qualities to create one of '90s alternative's most spiritually driven, if not quixotic, outfits. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Michael Pritzl, Violet Burning went through numerous lineup changes throughout the band's long career. While never signing to a major label, the group managed to sell over 90,000 indie and self-released discs. This underground success was due largely to the Violet Burning's frequent touring (which...
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