After The Burial - Dig Deep
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After The Burial is a up-tempo deathcore band from Twin Cities, MN that have been around the scene since 2004. Dig Deep is the first album the band has released since the late passing of founding guitarist Justin Lowe. ATB released the first single from Dig Deep in Q3 of 2015 titled “Lost in the Static” which everyone (for the most part) loved. Dig Deep leaked recently, and as a diehard ATB fan ever since I first heard “To Carry You Away” four years ago, I could not resist listening to the album early.
I was so excited that this album leaked a week early that I almost popped a hard on, but after a few listens I’m more flaccid than a 4 year old in a 12 degree swimming pool. “Collapse,” the most recent single, was the intro track to the album, with crushing vocals like always and decent guitar riffs. I was happy until about the album’s midway point.
Track 6, “Heavy Lies The Ground,” is what really ruined this album for me. I noticed that the guitar riff (chug) is almost identical to “Lost in the Static,” which immediately threw me off. I knew After The Burial took a hard hit with the passing of Justin, but I had been told this album was recorded before he passed away, making it technically his last album with the band. Dig Deep barely stands out among their other albums with very forgettable lyrics, mild drum lines, and sometimes powerful chug. The album honestly feels like one really long song, which some people can dig and will be great for vinyl, but I can’t say it will be enjoyable otherwise. “Laurentian Ghosts” has a very weird intro: it feels like an attempt at making a Sum 41 or Green Day track from the last century into a modern djent track. At the start of the breakdown, an air horn blows like something out of a nightclub. Certain bands are able to pull off the “pop culture” breakdown intro like In Hearts Wake with their track “Survival (The Chariot),” which has a clip of the announcer from the Halo video game saying “killing frenzy,” but After the Burial is not one of those bands.
If you’re a fan of mild djent and chug in your guitars, you will undoubtedly love this album. As a long-time ATB fan, I was highly disappointed with this album. While there were the few moments where I found myself saying “Wow, this is pretty good,” they were very rare and very hard to find on this album. “Catacombs” marks the only solid point for the band on this album. It has a nice tone to it, even though it feels just as mediocre as the rest of the album overall. ATB are going through a rough patch right now, and all we can do is hope that over time the band gets back to classics like “Bread Crumbs and White Stones.”
- Dakota G.