Burnt by the Sun is (or unfortunately was) a Metal band from New Jersey, USA. They released two split CDs (with Luddite Clone in 2000 and with Car Bomb in 2009) and three full length albums. Everything – except for the Luddite Clone split – was released through Relapse Records. In 2009 Burnt By The Sun released “Heart of Darkness” and the band stated that it will be their final album.

This post is about their second album “The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good” released in 2003. The title refers to a quote of French writer, historian and philosopher François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694 – 1778). In French the quote is “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”.

And the cover artwork also somehow refers to Voltaire. He was initiated into Freemasonry the month before his death. On 4 April 1778 Voltaire accompanied his close friend Benjamin Franklin into “Loge des Neuf Soeurs” in Paris  and became an “Entered Apprentice” Freemason (source). And the icon depicted on the cover of Burnt by the Sun’s album is a known icon of Freemasonry: The Eye of Providence.

The Eye of Providence is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle. In the iconography of the Freemasons it firstly appeared in 1797 and represents the all-seeing eye of God being a reminder that a Mason’s thoughts and deeds are always observed by God (who is referred to in Masonry as the Great Architect of the Universe). Today the most popular depiction might be the one on the one dollar bill. For more information feel free to ask your local conspiracy enthusiasts.

But back to Burnt by the Sun. I think they are terribly underrated as especially their last two releases were absolutely amazing. If you haven’t listened to them yet, you might want to catch up now.