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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Buried Souls - The Crossing

Well, a new groove metal style or what?

To start, even before I started to listen over this album, I had a set idea in mind how this album could sound like, as I did a lot of reviews of groove metal and have listened to a lot of albums of the genre.

But yet again I was surprised and astounded at the same time.

First of all, I was shocked by the albums vocals. The vocals are rough, in your face and just punching the lyrics in the songs. Still, the vocals do have some problems, they have a similar problem as a lot of modern metal albums that the vocals do tend to have a leading and sometimes in the choruses, a overwhelming role in the mix. On most choruses, the vocals overpower most other instruments except for the drums. In some occasions even the high gain guitars can't be heard clearly in the mix. And that is it.

I have no other complaints on the album and it's mixing. Instrumental wise all is great, everything can be heard, the guitars are sludgy and with a high amount of bass and compression. The bass is fat sounding and compliments the guitars in the riffs. The drums are perfect, all the individual parts of the drum set are heard, and you can hear that the drummer is a skilled musician as the performance that was recorded is masterful and not once do you feel that the drums fall out of time.

All in all, the album is great and besides the problem with the vocals it is a great album and it pushes new boundaries in the genre. Because of the vocals mixing problem, I give it a 8.5/10.

Written by Nikola Milošević

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