Hailing from Germany, My Inner Burning has arrived with their latest offering of modern gothic metal, Eleven Scars to the masses. Will it have you begging for more or more likely to give it an outer burning? Only you can answer that question. As for me, I found it to be another in a long lime of albums that are well produced, demonstrate some musical skill, but ultimately fail to excite. My Inner Burning shows that a nice production can put an attractive sheen on a project, but it is not going to change the underlying product.
Please do not take me the wrong way, My Inner Burning is not a bad band. They have definite skills in playing their instruments and truly come together in the name of the song. I just found myself a little bored with it. The music is another in the plethora of female fronted rock acts that seem to multiply on a pretty regular basis. Let's just say that if you like bands like Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, and Within Temptation, My Inner Burning will be right up your alley.
The band is fronted by Becky Gaber, who is clearly the center point of their appeal. The music is. Primarily of the defined variety, allowing her voice to soar, and soar it does. Her voice is powerful, emotional, and carries a lot of the weight of the album, particularly on songs like the ballad "When I'm Gone" and "Homesick." She truly is the reason to pay attention to the band.
However, my overall reaction is one of ambivalence. While there is some powerful stuff here, there just isn't a lot to hold my attention in the long run and entice me to come back. A lot of it is played down the middle, as if courting mainstream attention rather than using their skills to explore more interesting terrain.