Released: November 23, 2010
Minnesota’s Twin City metal titans, After The Burial, returned this winter with their third album In Dreams. The record marks their second for Sumerian Records.
Like many newer bands with multi-dimensional styles, they have been labeled metalcore, deathcore, progressive metal and technical death metal. These days a new term has been coined, primarily for bands on the Sumerian label, called sumerian-core. Guitarists Trent Hafdahl and Justin Lowe have made a name for themselves with their skillful use of 8-string guitars.
In 2006, After The Burial self-released their first album, Forging a Future Self, then signed with Sumerian for their 2008 album, Rareform. Many consider this band nothing more than a Meshuggah rip-off band, and you will notice quite a few similarities, (any band using polyrhythms tends to get tagged that way), but they are trying to break away from that label on this album. While there are only eight tracks and just thirty five minutes of playing time, this is all impressive content.
The album kicks off with some serious boom with the opening track “My Frailty.” The first thing you might notice is how much the vocals have improved from earlier releases.That is due to new singer Anthony Notarmaso, who has deep growling vocals that can pick you up and slam you down. Guitarists Hafdahl and Lowe treat you to an insane solo. The intricate guitar work, heavy riffs, earth-shaking drums and Notarmaso’s outstanding vocals make this a standout track.
“To Carry You Away” is another one of the top tracks featuring booming drums, heavy riffage and another very sweet solo. Notarmaso’s vocals really come into play here as he uses a mix of clean vocals, growls and screams.
“Pendulum” is also one of the heavier tracks with decent riffs, melodic guitar strewn throughout and some harsh screaming vocals. If you haven’t already noticed, they are a lot more technical and melodic than earlier albums.
As I listened to this album, I quickly became a huge fan of Notarmaso. His vocals are a perfect fit and the guitarists are amazing as they use and abuse their eight string guitars showing off some incredible talent with killer solos and monster riffs. I’m sure this band is only going to get better. With such talented guitarists and vocalist, I see only good things in their future. So put this CD in, turn it on and turn it UP! Prepare your body to move, there will be no sitting still during this massive blastation of your ears and brain!
Anthony Notarmaso – vocals
Trent Hafdahl – guitar
Justin Lowe – guitar
Dan Carle – drums
Lerichard “Lee” Foral – bass
Jocke Skog Noise – programming, producer, composer, vocals
The band is currently on tour with As I Lay Dying and Winds of Plague
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