Hailing from Bochum in Germany, BURIED TIME come without pretensions and leave it to the listener to decide and judge accordingly, which comes across as a noble decision. The follow up to 2003’s “Eta Carina,” the new album “Innocence Gone” comes with a seal of approval in the form of Hammer magazine’s unsigned act of the month.
After a brief intro we are launched straight into “Expect” with classic Hard Rock riffing from guitarist Dennis Rowlien and powerful vocals ringing with a strange yet admirable eloquence from vocalist and keyboardist Alex Thelen. Energetic yet slightly silly keys sound over the standard 4/4 beat part syncopated rhythms and then switch to a rather more oriental feel for the epic chorus. This is nothing amazing or groundbreaking, but it is refreshingly enjoyable.
As the album continues it’s clear that this is basically melodic Hard Rock with very much its own sound. Keys are tasteful in most cases and riffing is simple and effective with tasteful middle eight sections to incorporate lucidly melodic lead breaks. While the vocals are not perfect in every sense, they bleed honesty and emotion with furious sincerity. Martin Zowislok’s drums are very simple, but there is truly no need for him to play otherwise as technicality would probably detract from the sound.
Songs like “Hypanovae” demonstrate the electronic capabilities that the band adopts to further boost their sound, whereas “Diary Of Souls” brings out the Acoustic Rock power ballad material. This is not exactly for the discerning metalhead out there but perhaps more in tune with the fans of Melodic Rock.
I can’t honestly say this will excite many people, hence the lower score, but for those that can appreciate it, it’s a good Rock album. These are all good easy listening rock songs with a good oldschool edge for those who want a break from the onslaught of Metal.
(Online May 15, 2007)