Jan 3, 2012

After The Burial - In Dreams

Genre: Technical/Deathcore/Metalcore
Release: 2010
1. My Frailty
2. Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You
4.Bread Crumbs & White Stones
5. To Carry You Away
6. Sleeper
7. Promises Kept
8. Encased in Ice

Along with their Sumerian Records label mates, After The Burial are a band making intensely fierce and seductively intricate music. This has always been the case with this band but remains true if not becoming more apparent on their release "In Dreams". The soaring guitar solos on the indroductory song "My Frailty" contrast with the more moody churning music on "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You". Along with the complex and infectiously catchy breakdowns, the album is sprinkled with sections of clean guitar such as the begining of the albums most musically fascinating and lyrically interesting song "Pendelum" flowing seamlessly into the fast paced "Bread Crumbs & White Stones" and even some acoustic moments like the begining of "To Carry You Away" even if that song transforms into crunching breakdowns and rythmic wonderful drumming that can be heard everywhere on the album, serenely fading away to the raging song "Sleeper" that shows off the fury After The Burial is capable of. Throughout this album, the vocals fit in with the music both the highs and lows that both haunt and rattle listeners and interspersed with amazing gang vocals on several songs that keep things a bit different.

 "To Carry You Away" and "Encased in Ice", the albums two final songs are excellent notes to leave on, "To Carry You Away" really emphasizes the less fearsome aspects of "In Dreams" having an amazing introduction and proceeding into rushing, powerful music and ascending into soaring guitar work and shouted gang vocals while the main vocalist espouses a sense of sadness while "Encased in Ice" belts out systematic mechanical fury that at least to this listener, sounds very hip-hop inspired. The music and vocals all over this album are superb, and the feeling of the music is very very unique. It's not lost on me that many of the  lyrics on this album are not happy go lucky lyrics, but something in the delivery on this album both vocally and musically is just the slightest bit uplifting. "In Dreams" may not be feel good music, but it feels good to listen to it. It's an album that makes for a very calming and yet still energetic listen on top of the fact that the music is made so well it draws a listener in and before they know it, they've listened to the album twice in a row.

Rating: 4.5/5