After the Burial
Forging a Future Self


3.5
great

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2008 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chug chug + Sweet guitar work + Chug chug + Killer vocals = Forging a Future Self

After the BurialForging a Future Self

Minnesota natives After the Burial have frequently been stamped as a deathcore act, but that is really a false assumption. Sure, songs are soaked with low, guttural growls, as well as high-pitched shrieks, but the subject matter behind the band’s music is anything but death, as well as clear influences from other genres present in their instrumental work. Progressive metalcore is better fitting, with the aforementioned heavier vocals adding some intense seasoning to the listening experience. Due to the deathcore tag, my expectations for Forging a Future Self were rather low, and I braced myself for either a dull or painful listen. So many bands have tried and failed at this relatively simple formula, would After the Burial do so as well? On the contrary they did not (and again, were not really deathcore), and this was a very consistent and satisfying rookie release, setting a solid foundation for the rest of the young group’s career.

After the Burial is, so far, a melting pot of traits of today’s metal scene(s). In addition to the harsh vocals, breakdowns occur very often within Forging a Future Self, adding a metalcore element to their overall sound. Situated in between these moments are an abundance of melodic guitar riffs and arpeggios of the progressive sort, which prove to be some of the more enjoyable moments of the album and help it abstain from any possible bland tone. The occasional solos are exceptional as well, nothing gratuitous as they make their appearances when a song begins to stale slightly. I’m always open to the inclusion of solos, as they are shamefully absent in much of today’s metal. Another positive is the variety of the vocals. There are hardly any moments of clean vocals (thankfully though, the singing is pretty dreadful), but After the Burial avoid monotony with higher screeches mixed up with the darkest of death metal vocals, as well as throwing in the occasional coherent yell or incoherent pig squeal. Heck, they include a bit of every vocal style of current metal, which, corresponding with the many constituents of their playing style makes for a very unpredictable listen during the first couple of run-throughs.

The fatal flaw apparent in Forging a Future Self is the breakdown. It’s not so much that they aren’t well done, although they are by no means spectacular, but After the Burial gets way too caught up in the chug-chug mindset. Pi (the Mercury God of Infinity) begins with a very beautiful classical guitar intro that proves to be a great start to the album, until the rest of the song turns into a ridiculously choppy and boring chug fest, and then one is hit with the sudden urge to click the fast-forward button. When a band has as much sheer talent as After the Burial, it’s truly a shame to see them resort to a head banging party multiple times in each song. To make matters worse, the production on this self-produced album is pretty raw. It flatters the more melodious guitar lines, but these breakdowns sound very jerky and feeble, as opposed to the fortitude shown by those of such bands as All Shall Perish or Between the Buried and Me circa The Silent Circus. In this aspect the band simply doesn’t seem like it would fit in the deathcore genre, as they do speed and colorful instrumental work well, but can’t seem to pull off that gory sort of heavy as well as others (this could only be the production though). Songs that work with slower tempos are void from this recording, and much replay value is absent due to this. Including sections like this works wonders for numerous progressive bands, as it is nice to be able to relax a bit between every few songs. Save for the first minute of the opening track, this album is going to be intense and won’t let up, whether it is for better or worse.

Even with the few negatives, Forging a Future Self was a very impressive debut for a band that avoids the generic and fuses components of many different genres awfully well. With more than enough time and room for improvement, After the Burial have a bright future ahead of them, assuming they stick with what works for them rather than experimenting in undesirable areas.

Pros:
Strong instrumentals all around, although mainly from the guitars
Solos are always a welcome site
Killer vocals, and plenty of diversity in them despite them all being associated with heavy
The perfect length, just long enough to make all their talent visible and heard

Cons:
Too much chugging and breakdowns
Production is weak
The thrills won’t last forever, as all the songs are paced about the same

Recommended Tracks:
A Steady Decline
The Forfeit
Forging a Future Self
Engulfed

Score: 3.5/5



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Epilogue
August 22nd 2008


1591 Comments


After The Burial is a chapter in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince

bustyagunz
August 22nd 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

Epilogue
August 22nd 2008


1591 Comments


i n0w Яight

TheJem
August 22nd 2008


7 Comments


As with Rareform, there are a few tracks i really like but the rest i can't stand.

asaf
August 22nd 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have you actually tried to follow pi? the explanation of the track is on their mySpace page, you should look into it. the song never repeats itself, its actually quite impressive. Forfeit = great ballad

bustyagunz
August 22nd 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what? the first half of the song is good, but why should i have to follow the second half of a two minute song? If your talking about the breakdown there, it sucks anyways so it doesn't matter that they barely mix it up. I don't see the explanation on their myspace though.....

beans
August 27th 2008


2332 Comments


these guys aren't bad, but i haven't even taken the time to listen to their whole new album
prolly wont get into this either

bustyagunz
August 27th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they've got all the tools in this, save maybe the bass, they just need to find out what they are gonna do and learn to write songs better

jfac123
August 29th 2008


31 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

whats up with all the hate on Pi (The Mercury God Of Infinity)? that song is crazy..they wrote that shit in 3.14 timing..hence the name Pi. i think its really good..i guess if u dont like it oh well..to bad for you eh?

SnackaryBinx
August 30th 2008


2309 Comments


too bad for other people's opinions eh? Fuck people and their opinions. I may or may not check this out, I'm still deciding.

bustyagunz
August 30th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whenever they arent chugging away its great, and i dislike pi, like i said many times, because after the nice intro the chugging is BORING, idc if its 3.141 whutever pi is time, or if it never repeats the exact same thing, its dull.

cleary21
September 28th 2008


671 Comments


nice review ii like redeeming the wretched the best

bustyagunz
September 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea, that and the forfeit are boss

shredneck426
October 22nd 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reviews good, but the cons are bullshit they shouldve been the pros. with no chug they wouldnt be them.

Bleak123
October 22nd 2008


1902 Comments


the cons are bullshit they shouldve been the pros. with no chug they wouldnt be them.

Lol. Ignorance is bliss I guess.


bustyagunz
October 22nd 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, thanks for the neg for my supposedly good review
i didnt say they should forget the chug, i said they chug;d too much,

Lol. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

this


MJFly
November 18th 2008


1 Comments


To each their own I guess, Pi blew me away personally. Sure it sounds bland, but I like to see some skill showcased every once in awhile too or you just have the same old generic bands.

sspedding
December 9th 2009


4765 Comments


me no think so

mikewitzel
December 29th 2009


1 Comments


http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=6196676&blogId=313688207

Explanation of Pi......its not written in 3.14 timing.......its the craziest mathematical shit ever though!

witchxrapist
December 29th 2009


11039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What's wrong with this album?

1. Vocals
2. Cheesy guitars
3. Out of place breakdowns
4. Terrible song structures



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