Written by: Aaron Chatterpaul
Everything will Burn
Crown the Wretched
In this EP, Buried by Lakeshore utilizes down-tuned guitars to convey brutality and aggression in their music, however they also use melodic guitar leads in order to create a very interesting blend. The musical structure of each song in this EP was progressive and did not follow the typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus format, which is used in an abundance of bands in the modern metal scene in Toronto. The tunes in Purge were built upon a variety smooth transitional riffs that would keep listeners interested throughout the entire EP.
Buried by Lakeshore employs chugged grooves, dissonant leads and aggressive growled vocals to create a soundscape that expresses their hatred and contempt for religion and humanity in a profound way. Interspersed between the traditional heavy deathcore grooves and breakdowns are tremolo picked riffs that sound evil as hell. This sound is sure to please hardcore fans of both Whitechapel and The Acacia Strain. The lead guitars contrast with the rhythm guitars in a very unique way and the drummer seems to know exactly what to play under each riff. The vocalist demonstrates mostly low pitched death growls with the occasional high shriek and even some clean singing. His voice is surprisingly very clean in the mix. The bass is mostly unheard and follows the rhythm guitars, which is common in deathcore. That being said, the bassist does his job well and helps to beef up the guitar tones.
The bands use of samples and atmospheric intros help the tracks flow very well. The production and mix is clear and nothing sounds out of place. The production of the drums is flawless. The snare and bass drums sound very balanced and you are able to hear each cymbal hit. The bass drums in particular sound impeccable and will please the ears of any extreme metal listeners with a taste for good production. The rhythm guitar tone sounds very dark and thick. The down tuning of the guitars especially helps the breakdowns sound heavy. The lead guitar lines are this EP’s crown jewel. They are simple, yet very effective and work really well with the atmosphere this band is trying to portray. The leads, on top of the percussive rhythm section, add to the overall headbangability of the sound. The vocalist sounds downright pissed off. After watching the lyric video for the song ‘Isolation’ you can clearly see this man’s hatred for humanity and life itself. The vocals on this EP are very deep yet comprehensible and the lyrics are discernable. The growls give off a strong Whitechapel vibe. The sung parts are done skillfully and make the overall sound more accessible, yet they are generic and don’t really bring anything new to the table.
The Purge combines the percussive heaviness of deathcore with a strong sense of melody. The styles and sounds they blend together create a cocktail of extremity which has something to please every fan of extreme music. Buried by Lakeshore are a unique entity of the Toronto metal scene and are definitely worth checking out.