Burt operated as a solo-project by the current vocalist Wayne (whom I interviewed here) from 2006 to 2008, and during that time Burt recorded just one demo. In 2008 the project turned into a full band, and this compilation features all the songs it has recorded in its full-grown form. The songs were previously released on the "Mustache Thrash"-demo, splits with Tainted Corrosive Mist and Henry Fonda, and on the "A Fucking Tribute to Slap-A-Ham Records" compilation LP.
After a brief sample of GG Allin talking about rock'n'roll, the quintet unleashes their stop-and-go thrashcore. Pretty much all the songs are between ten and fourty seconds in lenght, and most often have a short sample accompanying them to make the beating less numbing. In case thrashcore is a new phenomenon to you, Burt's music is based on hardcore punk played "way too fast" and topped with a lot of breakdowns and tempo changes, and in this case it carries a good amount of heaviness as well. The soundscape is really organic, espeacially the drums sound fittingly sharp and deep - and this is exactly what makes the band's heaviness sound so natural and fitting; it's all authentically raw and crude, but still clear enough for the listener to be able to hear all the riffs properly. Despite the aggression and hostility, Burt plays actual composed songs that haven't been made in a minute. Do note that, even though this is a compilation release, all the songs have a similar soundscape to each other as the band used the same (home?) studio for all the recording sessions. The two newest songs have a slightly more refined soundscape, but the record still feels like a whole.
The songs have a surprising amount of individual character and personality when thinking of their short lenght. This is partly due to the samples, more due to their own simplistic hooks and appealing rhythmic gimmicks and breakdowns, and at least an equal amount of it owes to the band's vocalist Wayne. He has a really aggressive and hoarse voice, and he delivers a lot of variation from almost clean vocals to deep growls and hoarse shouts. The lyrics deal with modern world problems overall as well as more personal issues, with a dose of humour as well. They show that the band actually cares about what they say, which is always a pleasure to note.
Overall the compilation is of good quality. The songs are good, and even though they go by fast they leave a good impression and make you want to listen to the disc again, until you actually start to notice and get fond of the individual songs as well. My only criticism goes towards the rather dull visual side, and the fact that the guitar sound could have some more edge to really bring out the impact and aggression in the riffs. The bass guitar could be taken to a greater use and the songs could be even more in-your-face and insanely hostile, but, based on the newest two songs on the compilation, the aforementioned might become reality in the near future. I would suggest the band to use fewer (or shorter) but more noticeable samples to achieve a greater impact.
If all goes as planned, Burt's next release will be a one-sided 7" consisting of five songs. I would recommend you to keep an eye on that one in case you enjoy quality thrashcore.