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Between The Buried And Me - s/t

Lifeforce, Victory, 2002, CD, Coloured Vinyl

Between The Buried And Me carried on from where some of the member's previous band Prayer For Cleansing left off. At the time this was well-received because the technicality was high. There were other death metal bands with similar and even greater technical prowess but it seemed to me that this band was spawned from the hardcore/metalcore scene and so a lot of folks in there did not usually hear such technicality. Maybe death and extreme metal fans might have just shrugged at this, I don't know - I didn't know many at the time. Regardless, this is a good record and certainly set the stage for what the band was to go on and do.

Opener More Of Myself To Kill gets going into brutal and technical death metal straight away but then breaks down into some sung vocals and epic rock affair before back to heaviness. This type of track features on some of their other albums and really shows what the band is about.

For the rest of the album we are back into death-grind extremity with the riffs and melodies going all over the place with the band seemingly unable to stick to any fixed song structure or riffing pattern. Maybe second track Arsonist is the closest they get to some regular death metal song with basic song structure. This is the point of the whole thing though in that they don't adhere to convential structures and are capable of experimentation. On later albums this would be taken further into different styles beyond regular death/grind/extreme metal but here they firmly establish themselves and anyone who likes these heavy styles will appreciate this.

Reviewed by indigo on 09-06-2012

Keywords : deathcore metalcore technical death metal experimental metal

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