I'm pretty sure that this album is both the longest and the most professionally executed piece of work to datefrom the solo-project E.C. The project has previously released quite a few splits (for example this one) and shorter, partly download-only releases, making him get some name in the underground. The album is themed around the artist's disgust with people destroying and polluting planet Earth, making "Love Earth Music" a very fitting publisher for it.
It begins with a short track of pansy industrial gabber, but most of the album is a lot less structured. If you take the soundscape of modern Merzbow and simplify its structures while giving it a calmer and more logical flow, you get somewhat close to what this album sounds like; short loops of professional-sounding digital electronics clashing with free-flowing distortion and occasional clearer rhythms and beats, as well as just a couple of short speech samples to keep the human touch present.
The tracks are built from many layers, but most ofthen they have one or more short looping sounds to give the track a pulse, and give it variation through adding some unconfined drones and harsher distortion, as well as manipulating or even switching the loops during the song. The combinations of these sounds vary from calmer, even ambient-esque and very minimal soundscapes to anticipatory parts that build up to an electronic explosion of distortion noise. As said, at least most of the album is based on digital or otherwise clean electronics, so both the hostile and calm moments go together without any bigger problems.
The album carries a good amount of variation, and even though I gave you an overall autopsy of the tracks' structure, they do not sound as simple due to their many layers, and manage to deliver something new even after numerous listens. I also like how the artist balanced out the album's different aspects; the heaviest and most dense noise-drones are balanced with some calmer parts, and the few songs with actual beats in them even out the less structured tracks. It took me a while to grasp the whole album due to its many faces, but now I've come to understand and appreciate its versatility. Ending the album with the Nopse-remix was a good pick as well, as it gives the album a stylish and calm end, while also helping the listener to better go through his/her 50-minute journey.
The only real bother I have with the album is that it's so fixated on its theme, that it forgets the aural exploration. The album is a pretty solid whole, but plays it all too safe; the harshest moments aren't too harsh, the drones aren't too dense, the electro-elements aren't used too visibly nor even close to their full extent, and so on. The visual side is decent, although all the images seem to have very little to do with each other. There isn't much to see, and even less to experience with the cover arts.
"Burn Los Angeles, Burn!!!" is a good and professional album, but it doesn't live up to it's full capabilities. Recommended for fans of the newer school of electro-industrial noise.