After the Burial
Dig Deep


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe STAFF
February 23rd, 2016 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To be honest, I'm more interested in what went down before the burial

It’s easier and easier nowadays to become cynical with the state of modern metalcore music. As a whole, it’s a genre populated by very talented musicians placing themselves in increasingly smaller creative boxes as the music becomes more specialized. It seems like almost every deathcore/metalcore band has hopped on the djent bandwagon, a sound that naturally lends itself to homogeneity. When every band has the exact same guitar tone, it’s hard to criticize anyone that thinks all these artists sound the same. But it’s also become increasingly cliche to review a core album by simply discussing the state of the genre as a whole, and ignoring whatever merits are contained within any given album. To avoid writing a review that is just as samey as the style of music I’m writing about, I decided to view this album for what it is, outside of the confines of its associated genre. Going in with an open mind I pleasantly discovered that Dig Deep is a fine record.

After The Burial’s newest record is enjoyable on a pretty basic level. It’s catchy, groovy, technical, and it doesn’t waste your time. Crafting a record that is nine tracks and clocks in under 40 minutes is quite wise as After The Burial’s fidgety brand of groovy metalcore lends itself to the kind of brevity typically enjoyed by core fans with short attention spans. Chugging, atonal and technical guitar riffs, breakdowns, and the occasional melodic moment comprise the sound of every song, but on a track by track basis these elements are strung together in a slightly different order that could liberally be described as variety. Despite a largely consistent tone, Dig Deep has its moments. The strong breakdowns that end “Sway of the Break” and “Collapse” come to mind, as does the melodic riffage of “Deluge,” and the melancholy acoustic guitar intro of “Laurentian Ghosts.” Dig Deep is a strong record taken individually, but if taken in contextually it's merely a collection of metalcore bits and pieces you’ve probably heard before, albeit strung together well enough.

The biggest flaw with Dig Deep is the djent guitar tone, which I find fundamentally unpleasant to listen to. I’ll admit this is a very personal bias that negatively affects the quality of the music for me, but most fans of this type of metalcore likely won’t feel the same way. The fact that I enjoyed this record despite my almost insurmountable disdain for the most distinguishable aspect of After The Burial’s sound is a testament to the strength of the songwriting presented on this record. After extensive open-minded analysis, I must conclude that Dig Deep is a good album regardless of genre, but despite my claim of genre-less critique, I feel obliged to say that Dig Deep is also one of the finest metalcore albums of the last few years.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


55218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review in many months so I might be a bit rusty



Anyway, wow this record proved me wrong

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


8408 Comments


(edit: fixed)

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beefshoes
February 22nd 2016


6831 Comments


Welcome back.
These guys have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, so I'll definitely check this one out soon.

rc239
February 22nd 2016


179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

catacombs is quite the jam

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


55218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the heads up Arcade



I wanted to imply that the consistency can be viewed as a negative

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


10684 Comments


Great review, I generally dislike Metalcore but this seems interesting

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


8408 Comments


fair enough, as i said, more of just an 'on a glance' thing then a necessary edit. you've done good with this one.

tempest--
February 22nd 2016


20454 Comments


I wouldn't have thought you'd even listen to this, let alone review it. Nice write up though, hope you can review more often, I've always dug your stuff :-]

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


55218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ahh thanks bud



I initially listened to it so I could talk shit about it lol

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


6203 Comments


i often like the light, conversational tone in your reviews. sometimes it hinders the review, but in this case it worked really well I think. you could condense a bit of redundancy here and there maybe, but it's w/e. nicely done ԾᴗԾ

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2016


16322 Comments


What Johnny said. I'm certainly glad to see this band triumphantly bounce back with new material after all the horrors they went through last year..

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dixoncocks
February 23rd 2016


3171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprisingly awesome album despite their lead guitarist's death last year :/

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MO
February 23rd 2016


21869 Comments


nice review dude. a buddy of mine pushed this on me and while I don't generally dig metalcore this was ok

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2016


22536 Comments


nice return man

I see this review's got the trademark treb pun

Tunaboy45
February 23rd 2016


15496 Comments


Loving that summary, had a feeling this would be average.

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Hopelust
February 23rd 2016


2705 Comments


I thought the summary had something to do with mental state of their guitarist before his untimely passing.

Danred97
February 23rd 2016


1422 Comments


Nice, been missing the Treb reviews.

Anyway, from what I've been hearing, I'm gonna pass on this album. It just seems very meh.

N2B3J
February 23rd 2016


59 Comments


Fantastic review. I like how objective you are.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2016


30667 Comments


pos

Flugmorph
February 23rd 2016


17026 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

best summary

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