This is actually the first I have ever heard of this band and thought I’d give it a listen. After the Burial is a band out of Twin Cities, Minnesota currently signed with Sumerian Records, though they have a couple of other albums released under a different label. The general consensus classifies these guys as “progressive metal” but since genres tend to be so controversial amongst fans, I’ll let you decide for yourself.
One thing I noticed off the bat, holy low tuning! The first track, Collapse is a very breakdown oriented song, very heavy tone to it with some nice guitar working behind the breakdown. So far, I’m enjoying what I’m hearing. Anthony Notarmaso’s vocals flow very nicely with the overall tone of this song and make me excited to listen to the rest of the album. The solo in Collapse is sort of one dimensional and uninteresting but I can easily overlook it.
One thing that stuck out to me while listening to this album, the third track, Mire has a very groovy part to it that I don’t hear very often in metal, which I really very much enjoyed. There’s a breakdown that sort of dominates the song but the bass is the primary sound rather than the guitar. Very interesting, VERY good! As it goes on, I get the feeling that this is just another progressive album, but then there’ll be a bit that brings me back to being intrigued by this album’s work. The ending to Deluge and the first distorted riff in Laurentian Ghosts gives me goosebumps and makes the hackles on my neck stand up, what an amazing feeling.
Overall, this album is deceiving. At firs glance, Dig Deep is another cookie cutter, breakdown-laden album that has succumbed to the style of modern metal. However, if you’re paying attention, there’s some aspects to this album that really make it shine. These guys are talented and for the bands first impression on me, they blew it out of the park. Dig Deep is an album for someone who likes to listen closely to find the hidden nuances in music but also for someone who just likes to sit around and bang their head to some good jams. Check it out!
Stay Metal \m/