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Formed by Gavin Van Vlack (Side By Side, Absolution and later Die 116 and Pry), Alan Cage (Beyond and later Quicksand), Alex Napack (Pressure Release) and Chaka Harris (later Orange 9mm), Burn set out to create something new and more interesting than the preexisting sound of late 80's New York Hardcore.

Burn released their self-titled debut on Revelation Records in 1990 which today still stands as one of the most innovative, powerful hardcore records. Burn is like a forefather, serving as the inspiration to many bands to follow both in and outside of hardcore.


Alan Cage - Drums

Chaka Malik - Vocals

Alex Napack - Bass

Gavin Vanvlack - Guitar


03.07.18 Koln, Germany MTC: Burn
03.08.18 London, UK Underworld: Burn
03.09.18 Arnhem, Netherlands Willemeen: Burn
03.10.18 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang: Burn
03.11.18 Oslo, Norway Revolver: Burn

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It's the new morality
Programmed media is all we see
Refuse to question
We believe the lie
Worship the only thing that currency buys
For god and government
For the rich and the affluent
The church and state support the upper class
With greed deceit and prejudice
Who set that standard
Who made the call
For so many to have nothing
And so few to have it all
And how can you resign to say
Everything is fine when a man is only seen as a dollar sign
Eradicate the deviant
Deviate the education educate with
Ignorance for the protection of our nation
Illegalize diversity
Remove it so no one can see
Out of sight and out of mind
Making sure the public eye is blind
Refuse to see we can only be
A casualty of the major immorality
If they talk should we listen
Haven't I asked this before
And in reality none of us are free
And they'll be no end to this war
Leave it all up to fate
And we'll spend our lives on our knees
Fight back
Those who don't remember the past are only forced to repeat it again and again
We've all seen this before
And those who remain will end up mopping up the blood of the killing floor

Two children are born into this world
The thrill exceeds
From rival sides of the tracks each other's counterpart
One has the world but the world has the other strung up by the collar
To keep him where he is forever and a lifetime
So he'll die alongside his brother
Who is dying from inflicted disease and cannot fight
Mentally lynched into his addiction that controls his life
Mean while on the other side
There's no tears from any eyes
One mother laughs the other cries
The scars are real there's no disguise
Fates twisted idea
They'll always be trapped here
While some of the rich just laugh and smile
The poor are trapped in an insane asylum vial
Life goes on
On the sweeter side a child nurtured grows intelligent and strong
On that more familiar side something somewhere always has to go wrong
But is it a mistake
Life goes on

We started out late and watched all the others from behind
Through their rise and decline and what bored us in between
We dropped what we had
Or some cases we dragged it along
But in our minds
For us this was the beginning of time.
I had one empty hand that never felt true touch on the palm
I left it out uncovered and it got cut open when they found out it's vulnerability
When I figure out what's wrong with myself
I can heal the wounds I like to show
You've seen them so many times
when I smiled at the wrong times
This sea before me I can pass
I can see past so I go
Writhing in this great sea
Wild to be afloat on the strips ripped from life's pleasures
The sick treasure of a constant high makes this raft drift
And curve under it's power
I'm drenched but loving the unknown source of this force
But my course leads straight to it's mouth
I stand on new ground where nobody knows me
I begin again and it's new
At first it feels good
And then the sensitivity is gone
I begin to lose faith
And it shows in my walk
I begin to let myself down
This last sea before me
I cannot pass
I can't see past
I stand awestruck as I'm slowly dragged into it

Lyrics for Tales of Shatou and Last Great Sea by Chaka Malik, Lyrics for New Morality by Gavin Van Vlack. Copyright (c) 1992 & 2002 Burn.