'Burning Angel' wasn't the most obvious choice for a single from 'Wages of Sin,' even if this was only ever released in Japan, but it's certainly a fairer representation of the band as a whole than the more popular and exciting 'Ravenous.' With its steady pace and intelligent mixture of heavy and melodic elements, it's more or less Arch Enemy at their best despite not being one of their more memorable songs, and the Amott brothers' guitars segue perfectly between deep death metal riffs and light, classic metal solos and leads, even if the main riff is stolen from Megadeth.
Interestingly, the other two tracks added to bulk this out are both representative of different sides of the band, which is always a nice touch. 'Lament of a Mortal Soul' is one of the heavier offerings from the primary album, featuring great drumming from Daniel Erlandsson, a more contemplative structure and even a pleasant piano outro, and ends up being the best song on here. Less successful is the cover of Judas Priest's seventies classic 'Starbreaker,' which seems added for novelty value rather than as a genuine homage due to previous vocalist Johan Liiva doing such a bad job growling mindlessly over the Amott brothers' poorly reproduced Tipton and Downing riffs. They were clearly going for the same effect as their earlier Iron Maiden covers that similarly didn't work, but at least didn't end up as distressing and poorly thought-out as this.
The bonus track is the only real reason for fans to track down this single, and isn't a good enough reason as it's available on the double-disc edition of 'Wages of Sin' in the first place, and secondly, more importantly, because it's just very bad. The two album tracks here are a great representation of 'Wages of Sin' without deceptively offering up on of the album's unnaturally high quality tracks, and the cover art is merely a variation on the major album's leading themes of crows and eyes and stuff. For completists only.
1. Burning Angel
2. Lament of a Mortal Soul
3. Starbreaker (Judas Priest cover)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Burning Angel
2 Lament of a Mortal Soul
4 Ravenous [Video Clip]