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Burial In The Sky – Creatio Et Hominus

Burial In The Sky
Creatio Et Hominus
by Erik Akos at 20 May 2018, 8:39 PM

Music is something that basically always has an emotional impact on me. Even when it’s not particularly intense or on the surface, something always clicks inside from a certain song. And that (rather short and vague) reason is why today’s record surprised me. It’s merely 7 tracks at 35 minutes, but a lot of technical bands manage to create amazing stuff in that length (THE RED CHORD is a great example), but these guys are sadly not one of ’em. The intro track’s job is to make you curious and get you in the record’s vibe, in my opinion at least, and for BURIAL IN THE SKY, that’s a half-succes only. "Nexus" would be kind of nice (at least not completely generic and ineffective like most, despite the rain sound effects) if it only had the sax and the rain, AND if they tried a more subtle and I guess "building" (for lack of a better word) approach with the following track, "Tesla", because it was just sooo damn predictable that after the quiet and moody instrumental opener ends, the unhinged BR00tality comes out of Nowhereville. Because if this was like I don't know, 30-40 years ago, it could have been an effective shocker, given the heaviness and production, but who the hell were they trying to surprise here in 2018? And what comes after the great unexpected burp is not much better.

Besides that bass and piano section, I had a hard time analyzing, or even paying attention to the song (and that’s true for the whole record). It’s kind of hard to explain, since there’s not a word for it in English, but here in Hungary we call stuff like this "semmilyen”, which roughly translates to "it’s like nothing”. Yes, exactly, that’s the perfect way to summarize this LP. It’s like nothing. The band tries a lot of different themes and types of sounds (within the boundaries of the Tech-Death genre, of course), but overall, fails at basically everything they set out to do. I can see the concept and executional ideas, but they don’t work well, in part due to the lack of correspondence. It’s just a big mess, in the worst possible way. But I still can’t bring myself to hate it. Maybe it’s because of the minimal amount of merit present in the first three and last songs, but I’m not so sure. And this is where my opening lines come into the review. This is that exception, where I finish the whole album with no emotion brought out of me.

Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Memorability: 1
Production: 6

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Nexus
2. Tesla
3. Nautilus' Cage
4. The Pivotal Flame
5. Psalms of the Deviant
6. 5 Years
7. Creatio et Hominus

Lineup:
Will Okronglis – Vocals, Guitars
James Tomedi – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Sam Stewart – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 25 June 2018
 

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