Hailing from Lockport, Buried Beneath Concrete are a young death metal band on the rise in Western New York. Last month, they released their debut album, Vitae Apud Inferos, and after two honest listens, I can tell you that of every local album I checked out last year, this one has the most uniquely “dirty” tone of them all. The tone I speak of is present in every aspect of these recordings. From the raspy vocals, to the guitar and bass tones, down to the drum tones, this is one filthy sounding album.
Such a thing should be smiled upon in death metal, but as far as death metal goes, a longtime fan of the genre might not appreciate everything BBC brings to the table. Really, it depends on your personal level of elitism. If you’re a fan of ’90s death metal and that’s the way you want it to sound every time, there are some things present on this album that may not suit you. While at the same time, novice death metal listeners, or simply listeners of plain heavy ass music should love Vitae Apud Inferos from start to finish.
BBC have released onto us 8 tracks of cranium bludgeoning, blood blister riddling, nasty, nasty metal. Some of the riffs leave more to be desired in terms of structure, but one thing none of these songs lack is heavy brutality. Aside from some lighter choices from the songwriters here and there, this album doesn’t let up at all.
There are a variety of influences present in most of the songs too that conjure thoughts of some key bands. Fans of death metal innovators like Death, Morbid Angel or Vader will leave their listen happy, but should also be open to the sounds of newer bands like Abysmal Dawn. BBC also incorporates some early 2000s metalcore riffing in their music, reminiscent of As I Lay Dying, but it’s masked nicely by brutal vocals and surrounding low range riffs.
The songs that stand out to me the most on VAI are track 5, “Evil Dead” and track 6, “Abbadon”. “Evil Dead” has a nice guitar solo and some intricate lead riffs that set it apart from the pack, while “Abbadon” breaks out of nowhere and enters a nice jazz style jam out session. Stuff like that usually makes me think Allegaeon meets Gorguts, if that makes any sense to anyone. Either way, those two songs in particular, make for a pleasant diversifying point, before the album reverts back to its original form.
Long story short, Vitae Apud Inferos is a fun listen and the boys in Buried Beneath Concrete should be proud of it. But alas, on to the next adventure. Going forward, I’d love to hear more erratic and intricate guitars, more blasting from the drums and a solid mid range from the vocals. Both the gutturals and shrill highs are extremely well done, but I’d love to hear some disgusting ‘middle of the road’ stuff from the throat down the line. But even all that is subjective and I can’t deny that what is present in the band so far is extremely solid.
If you want vicious, ‘to the point’ death metal with the occasional breakdown, jazzy jam session and some light melodic influence, listen to Buried Beneath Concrete.
Nate “Filthy” Miles – Vocals
Dagon – Guitars/ Vocals
Tyler Cleri – Bass/ Vocals
James Rose – Drums/ Synth