Burial in the Sky - The Consumed Self (2021)


Hailing from the USA, today we have Progressive/Tech Death Metal outfit Burial in the Sky and their sublime release “The Consumed Self”. Perfectly blending technical proficiency, melancholic songwriting, and flawless execution, this release unleashes nearly one hour of mesmerizing music. Highly recommended for fans of bands like Sculptured, Obscura, Necrophagist, etc. this release will have you both in awe and bruised from all the headbanging.

The release opens with the dreamy/proggy intro “The Soft Violet Light” and pummels right into the sheer brutality of “An Orphaned City”. This contrast perfectly introduces the heavier side of the band and their technical proficiency with blistering guitars and massive drums flanking the harsh screams. The band’s seamless transition between heavier parts and more melodic and proggy passages, like on “On Wings of Providence”, is exactly what draws us to this outfit and their polished sound.

Other pieces like “Mechanisms of Loneliness” and “Wayfarer” perfectly blend the band’s technical proficiency and their intoxicating saxophone passages. The album’s most complex and epic track has to be the two parter “Mountains”, which in the first part we get some monstrous drumming alongside crafty guitar leads, while on the second it feels more melancholic and introspective with sexy and jazzy undertones.

Leaving on a heavy note with “Caught in the Azure Cradle”, and on a more progressive way with “Anatomy of Us”, we got some serious Cynic vibes from this last one, the band showcases both their musical creativity and class. While many of the band’s in this genre try to be either too technical or too brutal, Burial in the Sky strikes the perfect balance between both and adds an extra layer of melancholy to round things up. If you are in the market for heavy, proggy, and polished music, “The Consumed Self” is the perfect album for you.

Band: Burial in the Sky Album: The Consumed Self

Label: Rising Nemesis Records

Release: August 13th, 2021

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Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 95/100

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