Review Summary: A Deathcore album that has the ability to be enjoyable for those who dislike most of what the genre has to offer.
San Antonio, Texas is the home of one of deathcore’s newest bands, Upon A Burning Body. The band was formed in 2005 and soon after released their first EP titled Genocide. Then in 2009 the signed with Sumerian Records and released their first full length album The World Is Ours in April of 2010.
If you read this and think that this band is another garbage deathcore band, you’re mistaken. This album is nothing but full of energy and intensity with non-boring breakdowns. The Sticker on the album claims “For Fans of Lamb of God, Whitechapel, and Pantera." There are a few elements of each of the bands listed, but you definitely won’t mistake this band for any of those.
The Majority of the lyrics are based off of popular Mafia movies. But overall the Lyrics are generic and uninteresting. The Vocals on the other hand are a different story. There is a great range of high and low vocals, with everything from yelling to growling to gang vocals. How unique are the vocals? Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen stated that “Danny Leal has one of the most distinguishable and decipherable voices I have heard in years.”
The Drumming is excellent from start to finish. The Drummer (best known as “Lord Cocos”) is always hitting something new and keeps the listener attracted. Unlike the drumming there isn’t anything special about the guitar work featured on The World Is Ours. Many of the riffs might remind you a lot of Whitechapel a times. There are a few solos here and there but there isn’t much here that will impress you.
The Breakdowns are one of the reasons why the CD is so good. They are not overused and don’t go on and on forever like most deathcore bands. The majority of breakdowns are sweet, short, and fast.
Upon A Burning Body’s debut release The World Is Ours is definitely worth a quick look if you’re looking for a deathcore album that’s not boring and won’t disappoint.