If one is going to add their own flavor to music, one should make sure that they blend the various influences they have together well so that the end product is smooth sounding. There are exceptions to this belief though and I fully acknowledge this fact. Cause every once in a while a band like BURIAL RITUAL comes around and your view shifts slightly.
Their debut EP, “Last Rites” was a hard listen for me at first. They violated this belief I have by mixing various Death Metal sub-genres into their mix of music. The music felt ‘jumpy’ to me as it would abruptly change feeling and direction in the middle of a song. Moving from a Death N Roll groove to an almost Black Metal guitar and drum combo just – well it fucked with my expectations. And so on the first listen I had a tough time with this band. Eclectic and spastic, “Last Rites” had me slightly aggravated.
But that’s not the end of the story, by the time I listened to it the fourth or fifth time I was catching the subtlety of the way the band wrote. It was the purpose of the music to jump and switch and not flow together like most of the more mainstream Death Metal bands. So when the opening track, “Satan Incarnate” goes from groove to blast beat it’s meant to throw the listener for a loop.
The band still has a ways to go before really defining this sound down to their own. They still are a little too much like a lot of the newer Death Metal bands to truly redefine boundaries but they are moving in the right direction. Too many unoriginal riffs and vocals to be legendary. This EP truly is just a taste of what the band is capable of though. They certainly have the Death N Roll aspect down – as those were definitely where the band was shining brightest. With only four songs to show their chops it’s a little hard. But the band does a decent job and shows the potential of their music even if it hasn’t gotten there yet.
Songs to check out: “Satan Incarnate”, “The Never Ending Hell”, “Oblivious Death”.
(Online May 8, 2008)