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Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: Across The Burning Sky - The End Is Near

Across the Burning Sky – never heard of them? Want some more information? Well, large parts remain a mystery with that quintet. No information on who they are or where exactly they are from. What we know: for them, it’s about the music, not the people; they are playing to kick your ass; their first release is called “The End is Near” and it will be released on the 28th of October. Intrigued? Let’s give it a go!

The sound is pure old Gothenburg melodic death metal – in the style of the old In Flames and Dark Tranquility. Yay! The wealth of nuances and melodies in Across the Burning Sky’s songs is incredible. That is while the sound itself, production-wise, is rather raw. No perceivable post-production here, and the sound sounds more like a garage rather than a studio. While it takes a bit to get accustomed to this after hearing so many polished up and digitized records, this works perfectly to bring back that 90s sound – and brings a layer of vitality to the record which is missed by so many bands and records these days. The songwriting is very inspired. Riff guitars and the two perfectly harmonizing voices create an atmosphere loaded with epic darkness, with pinches of sadness and melancholy, and keeps the listener engaged in that atmosphere right until the end. The sad part is that it’s only half an hour long – but you’ll play it a couple of times anyway and it will grow on you more and more. I promise.

In conclusion: as nothing is known about the band members, everything revolves around the music – which, to me, is a great concept. If you have a thing for the 90s Gothenburg sound, or just would love to hear an engaging, very inspired, almost perfect death metal record, then treat yourself to “The End is Near”. 9.5/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

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