What do you think of when I say “The Burial“? Do you think of a corpse being heaved into a six foot hole next to some church? I used to be that way too. Now I hear it and I think of a brutally deviant five piece deathcore band from the midwest. Their album, The Winepress, is due to drop August 17th via Facedown Records. I’ve obtained a copy, and boy, I have to say that it delivers just like you’d expect from Facedown. The vocals: to die for. The furious fretwork: enough to put your iTunes library to shame. The orchestration between all the instruments: diabolically brilliant. This might be my new favorite album.
We’ll start with the first song on the album, “The Intercessor.” Keep in mind, this album is only eight songs, but it’s a big bang for your buck. The song is just over two minutes long, but it’s pretty damn beautiful. It features some nice breakdowns, a few pretty cool movie dub voice overs, low vocals that blow minds out of skulls, and it really showcases the drummer’s talent and rhythm (as does the rest of the album).
“The Intercessor” smoothly flows into “Demons Never Sleep,” the next fantastic track. You’ll hear lots of technical guitar riffage, and the guitar’s tone is so perfect that it creates a sick aura – truly the butcher’s masterpiece. Again, you’ll hear some great drumming, great vocals, and even dual vocals. At 2:04 you’ll hear one of the coolest breakdowns EVER. There is nothing more I can say about this. You’ll then hear the lead guitar go off on a mini-tangent behind the vocals immediately after the breakdown along with some nicely executed pinch harmonics. This is followed by yet another crazy mini-solo and more dual vocals. This song really pumps me up.
Next is one of my two favorites, “The Winepress,” after which the album is so aptly named. I think what really caught my attention was the heavy, chunky, palm-muting in the beginning, shortly after some very nice technical fretwork and a heavy chugging bass behind a fiery explosion that is these two vocalists working together to make musical magic. I must emphasize yet again: THIS DRUMMER IS FANTASTIC! I mean, I haven’t put so much interest into a band since Veil of Maya dropped ID. This is truly a masterpiece of melted metal.
Skipping two dark blessings and a very well executed instrumental track, we arrive at my other favorite, “Delegation of the Seven Plagues.” I really love the drumming in the beginning. This track comes in blasting the blood out of your nose and the eyes out of the back of your head. This track has BY FAR the greatest dual vocals of 2010, especially the lows – those things melt face like it’s a common everyday task. You’ll hear more sick technical guitar and another solo which showcases the lead guitar’s talent. I really enjoyed hearing a pick slide too, which seems to be either dead to most core bands or used improperly. (Last time I heard a good one was Blindwitness‘ track, “Baby, One More Notch.” You might wanna check them out too.) I really enjoy the hammer-ons and pull-offs throughout this song also. I could go on for days, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you guys and gals!
You know, when I got my copy of this album I thought, “Great, this is gonna be another shitty deathcore band, but lets give it a go. …WOW THIS IS GREAT!” It exceeded my expectations. This album NEEDS to be on your radar. I can’t emphasize that enough. The only thing that can give The Winepress a run for it’s money is As Blood Runs Black‘s upcoming album, and even that’s iffy. I am a proud owner of this deviantly twisted musical masterpiece. The Burial has achieved perfection: five stars!