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Buried Inside

Buried Inside: ChronoclastChronoclast (2005)
Relapse Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Six_53JMSix_53JM
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The use of the word "objectivity" as something factual and tangible is something that has a tendency to irk me quite a bit. The very existence of that word and concept baffles me to no end since there is no such thing; it's quite simply a glaring fallacy. Subjectivity on the other hand is something .
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The use of the word "objectivity" as something factual and tangible is something that has a tendency to irk me quite a bit. The very existence of that word and concept baffles me to no end since there is no such thing; it's quite simply a glaring fallacy. Subjectivity on the other hand is something very real, something real life decisions consistenly hang on. The fact that Buried Inside are from what I more or less consider my hometown (Ottawa), that they're some of the nicest chaps I've ever met and that one of their guitar players (Andrew Tweedy) is responsible for doing an amazing job on the mixing and mastering of my own band's record, are all factors that would serve to make this review lean considerably on the subjective side. So it's with quite a bit of regret and disdain that I'll assure you that I tried to make this piece as 'objective' as possible. Ouch, that hurt.

So how does Chronoclast, the band's Relapse Records debut, fare? Well, I honestly believe it to be one of the most epic, moving, and uniformly coherent 'heavy music' records in quite some time. The album is basically built as one gigantic 40-minute song, divided into 10 defined tracks, with consistently recurring themes on both the lyrical and musical fronts throughout. Lyrically, Chronoclast is a study and analysis of time as an imperial construct for the regulation of capitalist economy and of time as the primary societal control. In the hand's (or voice) of a lesser vocalist, the lyrical content, while brilliant and masterfully written, might've come off as slightly pretentious or even self-indulgent, but Nick Shaw's impassioned vocal delivery manages to give his socio-political rhetoric great heft, weight and relevance. He simply sounds genuinely fucking pissed off. There's even a logical flow to the ideas that are conveyed, each song illustrating a different facet of time's hegemony on modern culture (i.e. religion and imperialism). Ultimately, the band's message strives for a certain emancipation of conscience among individuals, for people to simply question and potentially critique this man-made paradigm, something that isn't anchored in fact, but merely taken for granted.

Thankfully, the band's music comes off just as incendiary as it's politics. Buried Inside manages to mesh both blistering and conceptually epic heaviness on Chronoclast, downplaying the agression at times for passages of brooding, uncertain calm. The sound is ultimately their own, but comparisons to a sped-up Isis or an insanely dark and violent Explosions In The Sky could be made for the sake of bland categorization. The first thing to leap out of the soundscape is Mike Godbout's absolutely spectacular and truly deft drumming, setting the stage with frenetic energy and creativity rarely seen among bands in the hardcore/metal genre. Andrew Tweedy and Matias Palacios Hardy build intricately-woven, harmonized melodies and monolithic walls of sound with their guitars, opting for texturing, coloring and amplifying the compositions over your standard rock riffing. Holding all of this together is Steve Martin's nimble bass playing. He is the main driving force behind these songs, his riffs tugging the guitars along through every structural twist and turn, every peak and valley and ultimately adding a rythmic complexity that is rarely seen in rock music, let alone hardcore. Finally, Matt Bayles' (Botch, Isis, Minus The Bear) production on this record leaves very little to be desired; everything generally sounds crisp, clear and thick, even amidst the intense chaos that the band tends to stir up at times. It might not be his best work this year (for that, check out Isis' Panopticon), but it's still more than respectable.

Honestly, I have very few gripes with this record. The lyrics are powerful, the music is devastatingly epic and the package is lovely (brilliant artwork, lyrics and litterary quotes accompanying all songs, all in a beautiful quality booklet). My one complaint lies with the lack of variety of technique used in the guitar playing; mainly it seems the band relied too much on the fast strumming of octave chords to set up their melodies. Although admittedly, the repeat use of a single technique gives Chronoclast the cohesion Buried Inside was striving for, it's something I view as a minor lacking simply because I have a musician's perspective on it (regardless, I could never write such memorable music, even given the widest breadth of skill). Chronoclast is a true achievement, a brilliantly heavy, melodic and intelligent piece that even the most jaded of indie-music snobs would appreciate (this reviewer most definitely included) and it is entirely deserving of your time. Go pick it up. Now.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
SilentStorms (March 9, 2006)

But yeah, check Suspect Symmetry out fer hizzle. Even faster, Converge-ish type metal. Amazing. Also, check out mid- Back When. Phenom.

Russe11 (January 25, 2006)

One of the loudest bands I have ever seen live, in a good way. They are truly doing their own thing, and at times it is awe inspiring. This is one of the best heavy records that I have heard in awhile.

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

I was about to call you insane Toledo...I'm glad you've come to your senses!

crazytoledo (November 12, 2005)

Opinion Change: ROCKS THE SHIT

Was listening to some of it at 2 o clock one night and finally got into it.

Anchors (August 13, 2005)

This album absolutely kills everything in sight.

Anonymous (July 26, 2005)

if i had more than 2 thumbs theyd all be up... this cd has a place in my 6 cd stereo along with several isis cds and none of them will be replaced soon.

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

not bad... not really good though...

Anonymous (May 25, 2005)

This is my favorite record released so far this year. It truly is a landmark in the tired scene of hardcore, and brings to mind the same brilliance of past masterpieces such as Jane Doe, We Are The Romans, and Calculating Infinity. A record that stands out among its peers, and honestly is one of the most captivating and crushing heavy records that you will ever hear.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

nice to see everyone agreeing on how truely incredible this album is. i'll being seeing them in denver on the 4th with denver's own sonic doom wizards Across Tundras. gonna be SICK
-j money

slippy (February 16, 2005)

Mos def gonna check this shit out.

Six_53JM (February 15, 2005)

Yes please do change the profile in the review. Thanks

inagreendase (February 15, 2005)

Six_53JM - I can modify your user name in the review info to match your actual one. Just say the word.

punkcorekid (February 15, 2005)

i will have to check this out.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i've been hyping this release since time as surrogate religion was released. awesome album. check out suspect symmetry as well. some real gems on that one.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Awsome awsome awsome CD! these are going to make a big impression in hardcore. Good review too!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i agree with you completely... ive also had the cd for a couple months being in canada and i absolutely love it.. the entire experience of listening to the album start to finish is truly amazing, they really have done an awesome job..

the concept behind the album is also very very interesting, their ideas about time are truly intriguing.. if you are interested in learning more about this, or about the band, check out an interview i recently did with the Nick Shaw (vocalist).. he discussed the record, the concept and all of the ideas in it:

http://thehardcorereport.com/index.php?page=98

yeah so check it out if you want.. i assure you, its really interesting and wicked.. thanks, and great review dude!

mike molnar
the hardcore report

Six_53JM (February 15, 2005)

Thanks for the kind words everyone. About the Isis comparison, I've had Chronoclast since November (the canadian release) so for me both records came out the same year. Oh and by the way, please disregard the profile presented in the review, this is my actual profile.
Cheers

Anchors (February 15, 2005)

Great review, especially for it being your first.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Damn, that's a well written review.

Woot! Ottawa!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

goddamn reading that hurt my eyes. it's better than someone using a very small vocabulary i suppose.

good review all in all.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

...in a good way!

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

Circle is a little more pretentious and spazmatic

Buried Inside is just a bunch of FUCKED UP DUDES.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

the circle takes the square of 2005?

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

This cd is fucking mind blowing! EVERYONE who likes hardcore should get this cd.

elliot (February 15, 2005)

damn, i was gonna sit down tonight and write a review for this one, and here it is. but that's cool. great review anyways. and you got it right, not many releases of the past can even come close to this album.

inagreendase (February 15, 2005)

Great review, though that Isis release came out last year.

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