Mortuary Drape - _Buried in Time_
(Avantgarde Music, 2004)
by: James Montague (9 out of 10)
_Buried in Time_ is an apt title for an album which had been promised to rabid Drape fans since April 2003, but which in fact barely snuck through before the gates closed on 2004 -- but given their erratic history, two albums in five years is not a bad output, especially considering that vocalist Wildness Perversion is the sole survivor from 2000's occult classic, _Tolling 13 Knell_.

The turnover in personnel has, unsurprisingly, led to significant stylistic change; most notably, the band is back down to a single bass player and twin guitars, and the production is easily the heaviest and most professional the band has seen. The result is a much more thrash-oriented headbanger's delight, and while this may initially disappoint those captivated by the eerie, dungeon-esque atmosphere of past works, it's hard not to get caught up in the sublime energy of this riff orgy. Tracks like "Deep Void" and "Animism" display the band's talent for riff sequencing, with slower melodic sections melting perfectly into adrenalin-charged finales. Listening to _Buried in Time_ while typing on the PC can be a perilous experience: my feet instinctively pummel the carpet, the monitor shakes violently and that full cup of coffee is looking precarious.

The band offers some respite from the one-hour deluge of shredding guitars with an almost jungle-like instrumental and some sombre intros and bridges towards the latter half of the album, which serve as a throwback to earlier Drape recordings. But don't fool yourself: while retaining a keen sense of melody, _Buried in Time_ is a full-on blackened thrash assault that is likely to incite dangerous driving and piss the neighbours right off. Consider yourself warned.


(article published 31/3/2005)

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