Buried Inside - Spoils of Failure

Four years after their benchmark work “Chronoclast”, Canada’s Buried Inside are back with another awesome record entitled “Spoils of Failure”, which was masterfully produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou (Genghis Tron, Misery Index, Torche). Despite the extensive time distance separating the two records, “Spoils of Failure” doesn’t stray too far from the emotionally-engaging and dense atmosphere explored on their previous release. The Canadians are definitely musically superior and improved on some issues with “Spoils of Failure”, though it seems they’re basically picking up where “Chronoclast” left off. So the chances of anyone enamoured with their previous work being disappointed by the new record are pretty low, its eight tracks are brimming with sludgy, melodically dark and heavy-riffs that are constantly building up waves of sonic tension and emotional agitation, a trait that made “Chronoclast” such an incredible listening. Their songs possess the extraordinary ability to absorb our senses to the fullest and transport us to a diverse and disturbing amalgamation of feelings and emotions, ranging from a melodically-charged serenity to a cataclysm of anger and inflamed revolt.
There’re no song titles here, the songs are simply referenced with Roman numerals and “V” is definitely my favourite track of the whole album. It starts with an intense and loud barrage of heavy-riffs and powerful percussion for its first three minutes before meandering into an epic and reinvigorating guitar line that will settle into your mind for weeks. Add the caustic vocals of Nick Shaw screaming thought-provoking lyrics that denunciate the flaws of society and you’ve got a demanding yet extremely rewarding sonic experience. And that’s exactly what can be said of the remaining songs as well! (8/10)

Band info: www.myspace.com/buriedinside
Label info: www.relapse.com
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