The band state that this album is presented "as is" with no gimmicks and is an honest representation of a work conceived over the last few years:
"Though not a concept album in terms of a present narrative, thematically the songs deal with human experience in one form or another, from confusion and self doubt, through anger and disgust pricked with moments of contemplative hopefulness."
Here is our track-by-track review of the album:
1. In Medias Res
3. I've Been Trying To Leave
Take Bring Me The Horizon and rewind back to 'Suicide Season'. The reason that the album was so good was because of their sheer brutality and ability to deliver catchy hooks and ranged screams at the same time. I feel that 'I've Been Trying To Leave' encompasses a lot of what you heard on said album and wouldn't feel out of place.
4. I Should Have Been A Pair Of Ragged Claws
The song shows diversity with sections of high tension guitar that lay a base for raspy vocals. The changes in pace can at times be a little choppy but as a whole the track encompasses a great sound from Burials.
5. It's Happening To Us
Without leaving you a moment to rest, 'It's Happening To Us' is high velocity from the outset and doesn't let up. The intricate breakdowns give the song more depth with a lead section placed over an otherwise very basic riff.
6. Dusty Corners
The opening to this song is great. Why? Cause it doesn't start with a chuggy riff. No complaints about the album so far but 10 really thrashy hardcore songs would get very samey. 'Dusty Corners' is a stunning listen and a personal favourite. The instrumental song builds through beautiful clean guitars and builds to add the distorted buzz that by this point we know as the Burials sound. Great song to nicely break up the album.
Well it wasn't going to last forever. 'Loathe' is straight back in with the band's fast riffs and and raw vocals. The song feels like dark and menacing. Surely a fantastic track live too.
8. Draw Back Your Hands
At a whopping 5 and a half minutes this track feels a little long. With the album offering so much already, at this point it is easy to stumble on tracks you have already heard. That's unfortunately the case here. That said, the track demonstrates all of the qualities I have enjoyed hearing from Burials so far.
The rolling drums feel like a much welcomed shake up. The double kick pedals throughout the verse section change up the pace of the song. The group shouts/screams and simple yet effective breakdown section again add layers to the song. Spoken word that we saw a glimpse of earlier on re-enters and fits into the song fantastically. 'Wonder' is the most creative track on the record and a personal favourite. Think Being As An Ocean and While She Sleeps bundled into one. YEAH.