Space always had something psychedelic to it. Progressive music often dabbles in lighter areas of the psychedelic genre and space seems to be one of the driving motives behind this psychedelic wanderlust a lot of people seem to indulge in. Today’s band is no different, because they, too, venture out into the unknown and expand their minds. Burial In The Sky has come forth with their third release, out on June 1. It will feature atmosphere, mid-tempo tech riffs and deathly screams. Most interesting of all though, the band has explored new territory.
Creatio Et Hominus, or ‘the creation of man’, is an expansion of their sound, in which the band tries to add in different nuances from decisively non-metal genres to conjure a unique atmosphere that a lot of tech death bands aren’t following.
The first track is called “Nexus” and even though I’m not a fan of intro tracks I was quite surprised with it. It starts with ambient noises and a flourishing, convulsing, underlying sound that you truly could call psychedelic. Most surprisingly, a saxophone is added to the mix. Bringing enchanting and jazzy tunes forward, you might ask yourself who is this man? You’d rightly ask because the sax player is no other than Zach Strouse, who played the sax on It Djents’ beloved new Rivers of Nihil album.
Of course you’re here for the tech death and this part doesn’t come short at all on the LP. “Tesla” is the first real track on the record and it starts off with a lovable, bass-heavy scream. In true tech death manner this is followed by a loud ‘thump’ of the lowest string and enhanced by big, harmonically-rich chords. This gets repeated four times before a lead guitar emerges and sharply cuts through the fog of distortion and screams. Little solos pop up everywhere in the tracks and reminded me of the twinkle riffs a lot of math-rock bands cherish so much. We settle into a staccato riff for a while until it gets promptly interrupted by a soaring solo again. A little acoustic piece with piano follows before ending the track on a high note with one last scream and solo.
This song I have to say was quite a ride. While the band seems to be open to experimentation they seem to have a problem settling into a groove. Everything seems very loose and improvised and at certain points lacks segues into the different parts.
But gladly there are a lot of other tracks to consider here. My favorite track of Creatio Et Hominus was probably “Psalms of the Deviant”. With a more chaotic rhythm guitar and a subtle yet persistent lead guitar that delivers a good portion of atmosphere nuance and little gems sprinkled throughout the track, I was reminded of a softer, more emotive John Frum track. As the bass shines through a lot more in this track and harmonics shoot out of phasers and choruses used by the lead guitar, the tack has a ‘bigger than the sum of its parts’ feeling, which I cherished and appreciated.
Burial In The Sky certainly haven’t reinvented the wheel with this one, but they experimented and tried to push their boundaries into territory they might not feel as comfortable in. I think that is worth admiring and I give them kudos for this. Sadly not all work bears fruit and so the album sadly has some compositional shortcomings on some ends. Nonetheless, in the context of the scene and with some very intriguing concepts, this band could follow further on future endeavors. I can’t help but like this album.
Notable Tracks: “Tesla”; “Psalms of the Deviant”
FFO: Alchemist, Virvum