After the Burial
In Dreams


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alexandre Hamel USER (5 Reviews)
March 17th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fun album at its core, "In Dreams" is an enjoyable record to say the least, and it obligates you to come back for more – if you’re into that kind of music, of course.

Reviewing a deathcore album is not the easiest thing, and the main reason for this is the negative view musical elitists have about the genre itself. These close-minded “metal” fans tend not to view deathcore as metal. I could agree that some bands make a larger use of breakdowns than simple riffs in an album, which ends up with mixed results. After The Burial, though, managed to produce a heavy, melodic, and catchy album: the result is "In Dreams".

Clocking in at 34 minutes – which may feel brief for some - the album feels groovy as hell, and the guitar work by both Trent Hafdahl and Justin Lowe is pretty impressive, “My Frailty” holding an amazing solo. What sets this record apart from “Rareform” is the diversification, though. Instead of trying a “heavy-light-heavy-light” song pattern like most of their friends often do, they implemented a beautiful mix of catchiness, relaxing melody and heaviness in every song. “To Carry You Away” has to be the example here, featuring a super-relaxing solo and a catchy chorus. “The Sleeper” is a more heavy-focused song, and that blast beat in the beginning gives me chills.

This album is not perfect, and from a drummer’s point of view I can surely tell I’m not really impressed by Dan Carle. He sure is a good drummer, and does the job behind the kit, but this is pretty much it; he does not stand out as much as the other members do. The production still greatly improved from "Rareform", and this is greatly appreciated.

A fun album at its core, "In Dreams" is an enjoyable record to say the least, and it obligates you to come back for more – if you’re into that kind of music, of course.


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    Kevin Ho (3.5)
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    Neenahskater (4.5)
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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2012


50958 Comments


IN DREAMS
THE SUN SETS IN OUR EYES

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MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hehe well said

saucy
March 17th 2012


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just a few things; They dont use a legitimate drummer on anything but the Re-release of Rareform. They use superior drummer, which could be the reason for your qualms.

The last sentence seems to appear out of nowhere, blend it with the others? Like "A fun album at its core, In Dreams.. etc. etc."

Also, italicizing "In Dreams" but not "Rareform", and you use the word catchy a bit too often. Some other formatting errors, or grammatical mistakes. Good start for a review, however.

MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok thanks, and could you list these formatting and grammatical mistakes please? I'll work on this review tomorrow, wrote this in like an hour or so (how to spend a friday night)

saucy
March 17th 2012


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah man, for sure.

"but this is pretty much it: he does not stand out as much as the other members do"

Semi colon, I believe, instead of a colon.

" I could agree that some bands make a larger use of breakdowns than simple riffs in an album, which ends up with a pretty bad result."

"ends up with mixed results" or "ends with bad results", as you are talking about deathcore as a whole.

Also, some of the errors seem to be fixed? Having gone back through the review, they seem to have disappeared.




TooLateToGoBack
March 17th 2012


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do these guy sound anything like the other -core bands on Sumerian? If so, which?

fsharptrit0ne
March 17th 2012


4815 Comments


dont worry about that answer and go dl storm of the lights bane and unquestionable presence

AfterTheBreakdown
March 17th 2012


7172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review.

Dummit
March 17th 2012


360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

MUTHAFUKKA KUH-MAHN!!!!

Encased In Ice is the jam.

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MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bread Crumbs and White Stones is my personal favorite

AfterTheBreakdown
March 17th 2012


7172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You rules.

MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pendulum rules too

climactic
March 17th 2012


19976 Comments


this isnt even really deathcore id consider it just groovy metalcore. my frailty is the best that solo is killer

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MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's METAL thats all

ChuckyTruant
March 17th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yea im on the fence about calling this deathcore

ChuckyTruant
March 17th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

naw

Butkuiss
March 17th 2012


4253 Comments


Great review!

MetalMan79
March 17th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! It was my first one in a long time

ChuckyTruant
March 18th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review

MetalMan79
March 18th 2012


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks



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