16 Jan 2016

Burning Caskets: "To Burn a False Prophet"

Giving Six Feet Under a run for their money
Death metal obviously has a lot of history, all things considered. You can find just about any fusion of death metal without much effort, and the death metal scene is probably one of the most active to this day. As such newcomers have a lot to prove, and standing out is tough in any genre.

Burning Caskets from Canada delivers 26 minutes and 14 seconds of non-stop, brutally forceful death metal. The sound of this groove-powered riff-machine is tough to really pinpoint as there are obvious throwbacks to many greats. "To Burn a False Prophet" has that same roughed-up snarl as Six Feet Under-era Chris Barnes, and to some degree mirrors that bands' mid-paced variant of death metal with its killer riffs and grooving drums. There are gangshouts and breakdowns, recalling the genre's roots in thrash metal, and whenever they're feeling courageous enough to highten the tempo they're not entirely unlike early Deicide.

"Korey Arnold... ...has some range to his vocals, and he's given plenty of leash to let loose those vocal chords of his..."

Vocals are always important - Me, I can handle boring guitars, sloppy drums or cheesy keyboards, but I cannot handle bad vocals. They're usually at the absolute front of the mix, and they're what ties everything together. Korey Arnold, lead singer of Burning Caskets, has some range to his vocals, and he's given plenty of leash to let loose those vocal chords of his, while varying between his afforementioned Barnes-snarls and throat-shredding growls like Aborted's Svencho.

Straight to the point is what Burning Caskets is about on "To Burn a False Prophet". A headbanger's dream, the songs are simple, catchy and hard-hitting from start to finish. The tasty, although at times a bit chuggy, riffs will please most fans of mid-paced death metal. They've obviously found their sound and style early on and they've stuck with it all through the album. That does mean, however, that there's not much variation in that particular style. Given their simple demeanour the short play time is all and well for the amount of bang you get for the buck.


Released in 2011 independently

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