Released: Oct , Own
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Two American Death Metal bands have teamed up to record and release a split album. I am old school dude brought up on the
classic bands such as Cerebral Fix, My Dying Bride and Entombed so this really interests me. Both bands have toured the US
together and become good buddies. This is what metal and underground should be all about. Pulling together to help each
other. Especially if it helps with costs. It is a win/win.
Burials first. These are based in Portland Oregan. They describe themselves as Progressive Metal and even cite 70s prog band YES
as an influence. I supposed it is because underneath all the heaviness and death metalness, there is a Cynic guitar sound mixed with
the pounding drums. After listening to many albums, at last I hear a band with lots of speed, quick riffing and a few blast beats. I also
hear some '86 - '88 era Megadeth influences, albeit speeded up. The production is early 90s sounded but perfectly updated to modern
standards. Being dirty and muddy but also being loud and polished at the same time. Very impressive.
Exhausted Prayer have a lot to live up to after those first four tracks. They are from Los Angeles, normally a place for bleach blonde
rockers in shades.They have a strange sense of humour as I doubt they are influenced by Michael Macdonald, more likely,
Enslaved. They also have a slight progressive edge but are more black metal than death metal. Some songs have long
gap between the vocals allowing the musicians to show of their musical chops. This is actually the most interesting parts of the
music. Equally impressed by these.
I have said this before but, these are two more bands that can easily compete with the bigger names in the black and death
scene. Top notch stuff that any fan of Enslaved, early Opeth and Nile will love.