After The Burial
In Dreams


3.5
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Review

by Kevin Ho USER (1 Reviews)
December 12th, 2010 | 21 replies | 4,006 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After the Burial manage to write a solid followup to Rareform free of any previous inconsistencies.

After the Burial’s second album Rareform was one that was overall decent, but nonetheless plagued by inconsistencies. While it had its moments, problems with song structure and production quality managed to drag it down quite a bit. Two years later, the band come out blazing with In Dreams.

With In Dreams, the band seem to be able to iron out many of the flaws that were apparent in Rareform, and the end result is a very refined, solid record. The album cover actually reflects the sound that is heard on the album; In Dreams is a futuristic deathcore record. Scattered throughout the album are keyboard parts that make songs sound sophisticated and clean, but not to the point that it sounds cheesy (i’m looking at you, Winds of Plague).

The album opens with My Frailty, a beast of a song with chaotic verses and a catchy chorus. Nothing special, just your standard deathcore song. Next is Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You. This song is more of the same, if not better. The chorus has a neat little keyboard part that makes this song one of my favourites on the album. Now, I could go on and do a track by track review, but there is not much to say; the songs sound pretty similar. This is far from being bad thing: most of the guitar lines on the album are insanely catchy and will have you bobbing your head to say the least.

Unfortunately, Anthony Notarmaso’s vocal work is only decent. At times, he shows that he has range, going from a high, almost black metal-esque shriek to a hardcore shout, with the occasional death growl in between. But mostly he sticks to his medium hardcore vocals, which you can hear the most throughout the album. Surprisingly, there are cleans in some of the songs, which go well with the chorus guitar lines and vocals.

Though most of the record is defined by these crushing moments, In Dreams seems to shine through mediocrity most during its melodic moments. Beautiful acoustic interludes in To Carry You Away and Promises Kept showcase the band at its true potential. The guitar solos are tight and well thought out, though sometimes on the edge of being technical wankery.
With In Dreams, After the Burial manage to reaffirm themselves at the forefront of modern heavy music, sitting right beside their musical contemporaries Periphery and The Contortionist.

Recommended:
Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You
To Carry You Away
Promises Kept
Encased In Ice


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    A fun album at its core, "In Dreams" is an enjoyable record to say the least, and it oblig...

    YetAnotherBrick (2.5)
    Consistently underwhelming, and not really as "progressive" as it makes itself out to be....

    Neenahskater (4.5)
    Overall good CD worth Checking out if your into the modern Death Metal Scene...

    Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
dancekevindance
December 12th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First Review. I know it's amateur.

climactic
December 12th 2010



18270 Comments


Saw these guys a few days ago, they are perfect live

Album is pretty good

TBliss
December 12th 2010



987 Comments


vocal work was awesome in my opinion

po0ty
December 12th 2010



486 Comments


I was hoping they would expand upon the rareform sound in this but they sort of reverted to a generic metalcore sound for alot of the songs. Still pretty goodthough.

dancekevindance
December 12th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how's the review?

dancekevindance
December 12th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool.

climactic
December 12th 2010



18270 Comments


was decent

Winsomniac
December 12th 2010



7954 Comments


Yeah, the hype train really didn't get me on this one. Pity too, I was pretty stoked on it.

bloc
December 12th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album was certainly impressive and met my expectations, but my only issue with it is that it's so damn short.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Winsomniac
December 12th 2010



7954 Comments


I liked Bread Crumbs and White Stones, but this really just lacked the crushing kind of catchiness I was hoping to hear. Will give it another spin or two before I rate though.

sspedding
December 12th 2010



4750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i love this album.

climactic
December 12th 2010



18270 Comments


decided that rareform is better

Winsomniac
December 12th 2010



7954 Comments


Rareform is badass.

bloc
December 12th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Still torn between both of them, cannot pick.

Winsomniac
December 12th 2010



7954 Comments


Rareform will probably last longer, IMO. I still listen to it, and I've had it for a while.

Burn2Burn
December 12th 2010



2378 Comments


this is kinda boring.

dancekevindance
December 12th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like the keys.

TheFantasticDangler
December 13th 2010



1149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah, thats guitar in Your Troubles... not keyboard.

Digging: Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

dancekevindance
December 13th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh. oops..quite fail of me

bloc
December 13th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Are we talking about that guitar line in Your Troubles that repeats in the chorus?

If so, best lick of the year.



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