After The Burial
In Dreams


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2010 | 778 replies | 59,412 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After The Burial trades in some of their more progressive leanings for Meshuggah-esque crushing heaviness, and the result is damn fine.

15 of 17 thought this review was well written

After The Burial have always been one of the more respected names in deathcore, bringing forth some of the genre's most technical and melodic work in their earlier efforts. With a solid vocalist taking their old (much worse) one's place, the band's re-recording of Rareform drew a lot of attention to the band and also built a decent amount of hype for the follow up, In Dreams. It does not disappoint.

The biggest parallell that can be drawn to the band are the chug-happy methods of metal contemporaries Meshuggah. While the core of the album is in fact relentless chugging and polyrhythms, ATB do a few things to make In Dreams not just a Meshuggah ripoff, which this very well could have been.

On Rareform ATB displayed an affinity for not only crushing brutality brought on by chugging and a lot of breakdowns, but also a melodic side found in some truly epic guitar solos, more than competent competent sweeps and other guitar wanketry, and a lot of intricate lead work that brought the album together in a nice little deathcore package.

Not much has changed since then, but this release sees ATB implementing a lot more chug and jun with a lot less melody. The over the top guitar flourishes and solos are still here, as are the breakdowns, but they are fewer and further between, which in the breakdown case is a good thing for most. There are still a great deal of breakdowns, but unlike their retarded cousin the bro-down, these actually use some thoughtful structure and complicated rhythms.

The end result is a much more groovy Meshuggah with, and here's the factor that will allow most to enjoy this album much more so than any of ATB's older albums and maybe even more than some of Meshuggah's stuff... the vocals are killer. The new vocalist, showcased on Rareform's re-recording has really found his niche here, bellowing out monstorus growls and screams that complement the heavy nature of the album perfectly. The introduction of clean vocals is also a (surprisingly) good surprise, used sparingly and to add atmosphere to some of the album's tracks.

Oh and speaking of the album's tracks, there are only eight, and In Dreams clocks in at a paltry 34 minutes. This might agitate some but personally the brevity of the album only helps it, because as anyone who has sat through a Meshuggah album will tell you, an hour of relentless chugging and brootalz is a little too much for anyone but the most seasoned metalhead. Pick up In Dreams for yet another taste of good 2010 deathcore, surpassing this year's other best genre offering, The Contortionist's Exoplanet.



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    YetAnotherBrick (2.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lovin this album. Brings teh heavy. Comments critiques and compliments welcome as always.

JWT155
November 22nd 2010



9211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Unless there's a stream you can't post this until tmw, it's release day.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah i totally forgot about that. My bad. Shut it down mods.

TBliss
November 22nd 2010



987 Comments


Good review man, cant wait to check this out. Pos.

JWT155
November 22nd 2010



9211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Review wasn't bad, I'll have to pick this up whenever, might get now actually...

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Its reallllly good. I kind of miss the hyper-technicality of Rareform, but this album has simplicity going for it. And those
vocals... so good.

And thank you sirs.

JWT155
November 22nd 2010



9211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

No prob. just make sure you save it and post it tmw. Never really listened to these guys but they'd seem right down my alley.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Chambers you better get it.

SMOKE WEED.
LET POLYRHYTHMS DESTROY.

Spec
November 22nd 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downloading now.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

g'd double post. anyway this IS really good high.

Spec
November 22nd 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No kidding eh.

Darkvoid67
November 22nd 2010



383 Comments


Not as groovy as Merhuggah who are far superior anyway. Good review. I will probably pass this by, deathcore never impressed me much

Spec
November 22nd 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"To Carry You Away" is the album's highlight. Kind of reminds me of "The Year Summer Ended In June" by Misery Signals.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Pendulum" has some of the sickest vocals I have ever heard, and "Encased In Ice" has some of that tough guy swagger that emmure goes for but fails at so miserably. Album has so many individual highlights which is why i went for a review that sums up the album's sound rather than songs, i would have just wasted the whole review saying dem's sum vokills rite thar.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hey chambers check out my new list, i think you could contribute a lot ;)

sspedding
November 22nd 2010



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good job with the review. Got one tiny issue with the technical/melodic thing you put. By virtue of the fact you have used a slash it implies that the words are descriptively similar when they are infact totally different. An 'and' is probably more fitting i reckon.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah i see you what you mean, i just felt like that way it puts them at opposite ends of the spectrum. Juxtaposes them if you will. lol, will change.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 22nd 2010



2647 Comments


I'm gonna doubt this is better then Exoplanet, but I shall pick it up since you said it is

Treska
November 22nd 2010



134 Comments


Its just as good and nowhere near as bloated.

Comatorium.
November 22nd 2010



4101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

And they dont suck off BTBAM like The Contortionist do.



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