In the Burial are a Symphonic Black Metal band from the small town of Adelaide, South Australia. The group was founded in 2007 by Guitarist Mark Hillary and Drummer Denys Fox, initially starting out as a Technical Death Metal band, at a time when the genre was all the rage. After hiring vocalist Andy Kite, lead guitarist Pete Clark and bassist Nathan “Brutal” Everard, the band released their debut album, “Born of Suffering” in 2013. However, only a year removed from their debut, came a complete rebirth of the In the Burial name.
Vocalist Andy and lead guitarist Pete left the band, subsequently replaced by vocalist Mel Bulian and guitarist Phil “Phobos” Jarrett, with the addition of keyboardist Ozan Gol. Thanks to this recent lineup change, In the Burial became a full-fledged, female-fronted Symphonic Black Metal band. The release of 2016’s “Arise the Heretics” and “In Linear Lights” singles showed a monumental change in sound from their debut effort, ‘Born of Suffering’. Fast forward almost 3 years later, the band (with new bassist Travis Weinert), release their sophomore album in “Lamentations: Of Deceit and Redemption” in May 2019.
I don’t think people are quite ready for how consistently good this album is. From the first track “The Author and Architect” right to closing track “Paradox of Embodiment”, there isn’t a skip-able track on here. The album maintains its quality over the entirety of the rather long hour and seven minute run time, which I would say is the only downside of the album. But every song is a different style, from the brutal (and previously released) track “Arise the Heretics”, to the bombastic “Holographic Webs We Weave”, to the middle-eastern vibes in “DoSAvastR! and the sombre tones of (again, previously released) track “In Linear Lights”, It’s all here. A downside is, as I mentioned before, the run time. If you’re going to release an hour long album, you had better made sure it was the best damn thing since sliced bread. Fortunately, “Lamentations…” seems to have that in spades.
I should also mention the album has some guest spots, the most recognizable being Veronica Bordaccini, the soprano singer for fellow Symphonic Metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Overall, the album is very strong, especially for a local band. Hopefully with enough support, In the Burial will make a name for themselves, as they certainly have the chops to do so.
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