Taken apart, each of the songs are brilliant. Their genius is in good taste, and never feels over the top. Opener Behold The Crown was released as the lead single and acts as a bold statement for the direction the band has taken. Evergreen is the embodiment of this. With growling low vocals that grate alongside vivacious chords, it leads ever closer to The Great Repeat , an angst driven track that exists only to be crushing.
Their knack for executing instrumental intricacies in a way that other bands of their ilk can only dream of is proven time and time again throughout Evergreen and coupled with a biting vocal performance, the album as a whole feels a level above ambitious. The only problem is that After the Burial often paint themselves into a corner. Shockingly heavy and continuously felicitous in its dazzling groove, Evergreen cruises confidently, leaving dropped jaws in its wake. Acting as the mongrel offspring of extreme metal and sheer tech-wizardry, this fusion feels exhilarating. Brash and intrepid, it begins with a massive recurring riff that utilises a striking melange of pitch harmonics and jagged guitar work to instigate a tsunami of sound that does nothing but gather pace. Written to raise the bar still higher in the realm of extreme metal, it is a sonic journey that is equal parts spellbinding and utterly battering.
After the Burial are clearly fantastic musicians, but they shine brightest when they stop trying to impress us with their chops and just let the riffs roll. . Evergreen is an album that is best listened to in conjunction with other music. The two eight-stringed guitars joust to the death, and ultimately incite a whirlpool of dynamic chord progressions and an unrelenting barrage of riffs. Now at boiling point, it feels as though their fans sense something special might be on its way and given the success of their 2016 effort Dig Deep , no-one would be wrong to assume so.
Quicksand is next on the hit list. But when they are played in sequence, the lack of personality and dynamics start to show. Far from an easy listen, we are forced to offer it our full attention and every sinew is required to fully understand the depth of what has been presented. As an opus, this record rarely stands still. Just listen to the opening single of their sixth album Evergreen. They are a band that have long since stamped their authority on metal, detouring through the heart of left field and taking a sledgehammer to genre boundary walls. According to them, there is no riff that can't fit more notes, no sound that can't be pushed further, no guitar string that can't be down-tuned.
The same surgical delivery is seen in Exit, Exist , an emphatic track which pulsates with vigorous pzazz. There are not many bands capable of fusing such polarised elements. . . .
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