Buried Inside
Spoils Of Failure


3.5
great

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
May 17th, 2009 | 20 replies | 9,153 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a bruising trek through a desolate and discordant sludge metal soundscape

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Spoils Of Failure is the sort of slow, crushing desolate monster that only Sludge fans really will enjoy – there isn't a lot of hope for fans of more accessible or melodic music. Artistically, Buried Inside create a tapestry of bleak, run down colours, the music itself being endlessly bitter and desolate in its being, and just so unrelentingly powerful that the faults that the album does have can be mostly forgotten. It's the sort of viciously heavy and discordant music that really appeals because of it's dirty raw nature. When they're at their best, Buried Inside give fans of this music what they want and more.

Carrying itself at a sometimes deviously slow pace, Spoils Of Failure's main strength is in it's consistently impressive riffs, complex and subtle song progression and bestial arrangements. There's a great mix of personal emotion and dense atmosphere in the album which definitely serves as one of the highlights of the entire album, like in the latter half of track five with it's brilliantly emotional lead and amazing vocal climax that simply pours out emotion into the atmosphere that surrounds and chokes the rest of the songs. The wondrous guitar leads are present pretty much throughout the entirety of the album, sometimes being fantastically fast and epic (II) or slow and purposeful (III), the intensity that they give the album at parts is really impressive, yet the guitars are also completely capable of slowing things down too, coupled with the constantly varied drumming and typical post-metal roar that the vocalist contributes and you have a very powerful and impressive wall of noise that constantly engages the listener.

Unfortunately, throughout the entirety of Spoils Of Failure's fifty plus minute run time, nothing much changes. Were it not for the (sometimes too) subtle build ups in volume and aggression, the record would feel like one large climax that never really develops. While the album is undoubtedly very organic and flowing, the development of certain parts seems a little lacklustre and incomplete. This contributes to the album somewhat closing into itself and not revealing many true memorable moments. Fortunately, it's saved by it's desolate atmosphere, and these problems are overcome by many more good attributes to the sound. It's a credit to the band that despite Spoils Of Failure being somewhat samey and static at times, the end product is still very powerful and destructive and has a touch of class that many bands just don't achieve. It's bleak and bitter, desolate and bruising, but there's a little something that just simply engrosses you until you are forced to love it.



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Crimson
May 17th 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i swear down the second half of V is some of the best music i've heard all year, really solid album

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 17th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya this album rocks and rolls

KYZAR
May 17th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks great gotta get this.

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009



44194 Comments


Rules. Review is good. Good to see you reviewing again Crimson, it's been awhile. [inside joke]

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rasputin
May 17th 2009



14540 Comments


this needed a review

JumpTheF**kUp
May 17th 2009



2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Wizard
May 17th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Initial listen was boring. Might pick this up still.This Message Edited On 05.17.09

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 18th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think i like chronoclast a little more.

FistfulOfSteel
May 18th 2009



894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is prob between a 3-3.5. good listen but nothing amazing in my opinion, has some great moments however.

SKUDstorm
May 18th 2009



136 Comments


i love this album.

Duderino
May 18th 2009



827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite album of 09. Also a great live show

HighandDriving
May 18th 2009



3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya it's nothing amazing.

Wizard
May 18th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crimson, you really feel torn about this album. The first of half of the review is literally praising these guys followed by the latter half in which you shut their greatness down by calling them monotonous. I think that would justify a 2.5 (3 if your being generous). Anyways, still a well written review.

Wizard
August 23rd 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had to bump rating for excellence. Album got me this time.

TrojanWhore
August 24th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tis immense.

McP3000
August 31st 2009



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow a post metal album thats good who woulda known

Wizard
September 28th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most post metal albums are. Album is definitely in my top 10 for this year.

Powerban
January 20th 2010



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot I had this. I just found a hidden collection of music I thought I lost. This is a great day. Time to go listen to them all and maybe review the decent sludge/post-metal ones that haven't been done yet. (This was one of them)

JAV
December 29th 2012



1934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

VIII is my favorite for sure but V is pretty coo too.
Just glad they got some production value cuz Chronoclast was hard to listen to.

LungButter
August 20th 2013



171 Comments


damn this is an immense sounding piece of work. reminds me of Thou having a wild bastard child with Neurosis sometime during the days of the wild west.



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