Those Who Lie Beneath
An Awakening


3.5
great

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
December 6th, 2009 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mixing elements of death metal, grind, black metal and even a bit of jazz, 'An Awakening' fires from the get go and never lets up.

What does Those Who Lie Beneath, hailing from Portland, Oregon sound like? Evil, heavy, pissed and focused. But more importantly they sound better than a lot of the music that their label counterpart has been at the forefront of. The tried and true method of being 'the worlds most brutal band' has seen its share of forth comers who make some of the most heavy and ridiculous music to date from people who should not be put within arms reach of instruments ever again. But out of the cesspool of mediocrity, Rise Records brings you 'An Awakening'.

Mediocrity is a huge obstacle, it seems, for a lot of young and up and coming groups, finding something that not only appeals to music elitists but casual listeners as well. While this album is good, I must note that this band isn't doing anything that hasn't already been done by some band, some where at some point in time. But the execution is what sets this apart from others in its genre.

Mixing elements of death metal, grind, black metal and even a bit of jazz, 'An Awakening' fires from the get go and never lets up. Each and every track builds off the other and creates more and more tension with each and every passing song. While the band tries to be as heavy as possible, they don't sacrifice good riffs for a breakdown every 4 or 6 measures, which is always refreshing to hear. Songs like 'Building and Breaking Bridges', 'Frozen Feastings' and 'As The Vultures Circle' feature quick but effective groove/breakdown sections that not only add to the overall dimension of the song, but don't take away from the atmosphere that the rest of the song has crafted perfectly. Sweep aficionados will be on cloud nine as there is no shortage of dissonant but not overbearing sweep patterns that are scattered everywhere in the album.

Atmosphere is another large key player in the role of the music. You can tell which songs are meant to be eerie and evil, the lyrics following suit. Each song has a distinct mood or setting that the music is providing the backdrop for, and for the most part every song does a fantastic job of creating the necessary atmosphere. For the most part the guitars trade off each other beautifully the whole way through, coming off forced only a few short times in the entirety of the album. Solo's are very prevalent as most of the songs have anywhere between 1 to 3 between the two guitarists, but it doesn't seem like they solo just because they can. Most of them serve the song for whatever purpose they are going for, (eerie and creepy a la 'Through His Eyes'), and they are left out when they would feel forced or pretentious. The bass is very prevalent in the mix as you can hear him in just about every song, but nothing extravagant or flashy is seen in it, just solid. The vocals are an interesting beast coming off with a sort of Acacia Strain mixed with high shrieks and bellowing lows. Jamie Hanks has chose to write about odd situations and popular serial killers for the most part, (Frozen Feastings for example is about The Donnor Party), but they provide neat little stories to delve into for the course of the song and fulfill their purpose on the album itself. The drums sound great as the kick drum doesn't sound like a fake clicking sound, each tom, cymbal and the snare are perfectly mixed with one not sounding louder than the others. While some may tire of the blast, groove, gravity blast, breakdown, routine. It seems like the drums provide a very stable and concrete backbone for the rest of the album to rest upon.

This album is fast, evil, and most of all good. Those Who Lie Beneath have crafted an album that a lot of the younger bands should take notes on, cause this is how it really should be done. Not with breakdowns every 3 seconds and songs that have nothing separating them from one another, making a whole album out of what sounds like a single running track. But with atmosphere, aggression and above all talent.



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beans
December 6th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a much more refined version of this. I like it a lot more

constructive criticism is always welcome, but be easy, its been a while...

CameronSetToKill
December 7th 2009


139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album looks decent enough to give it a listen

Nice review

Pos'd

Android17
December 7th 2009


106 Comments


this looks good. good review, maybe you could fill out the "recommended by reviewer" bit

beans
December 7th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

done

beans
December 17th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this fuckin rocks

DeafMetal
December 18th 2009


8587 Comments


this isn't bad

asaf
December 24th 2009


889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as close as anything has gotten to TRC's "Fused Together..."
... said it before and I'll say it again...

beans
December 26th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Frozen Feastings and Still Breathing own this album

randomguitarist
January 2nd 2010


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very great album, not much variety but an onslaught of brutality

beans
January 2nd 2010


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

theres a bit of variety
just not in the drums lol

DeafMetal
January 3rd 2010


8587 Comments


some good riffs

dansxdead
January 9th 2010


438 Comments


One of my favorites of 2009 definitely.

DeafMetal
January 10th 2010


8587 Comments


ok

beans
January 14th 2010


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these guys are touring w/ the red chord m/

but MCMB and Chelsea Grin are also on the tour
which kills my boner

PinkBlackberry
January 20th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

MCMB makes me want to throw myself off of a fucking building, so I don't have to hear their horrendous
attempt at "music"

Great review btw, and I love this CD.. Took me a while to get into, but there is some seriously good
grooves goin' down here

beans
January 25th 2010


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no MCMB
sad excuse for a band, even though these guys are touring with them right now
:

these guys will blow up i believe

Thor
January 27th 2010


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album sounds like what Job For a Cowboy wish they could write.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

asaf
February 4th 2010


889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

btw, where is there "jazz" on this album?

axetofall517
February 19th 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

behold, deathcore that doesn't suck with skilled guitar play.

LastLight
February 21st 2010


76 Comments


Ooh, sounds tasty



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