Burial Ground - _Burial Ground_
by: Adrian Magers (3 out of 5)
Burial Ground is a four-piece act that describe themselves as "tribal metal" in their bio. To the vast majority of heavy metal connoisseurs everywhere, this would put in mind comparisons to the mighty Sepultura. While some common tendencies are discovered on Burial Ground's nine minute and fifty-nine second EP, the three songs presented are more in league with Machine Head on their first two albums (maybe this comparison was planted in my head by the fact that the cover photo features guitarist Andy Garcia sporting one of their tees). Overall I'd say their formula is equal parts The Haunted and old Korn, which lands them somewhere between the former's venomous Swedish thrash, and the latter's more easily-digestible groove. The riffs are good, drum work is quite competent, and they have a vocalist that meshes well with the other 3/4 of his band. My biggest complaint is a lack of anything too not run-of-the-mill. The whole affair gives off a feeling of mild annoyance, but Burial Ground never quite peaks into that indescribable chaotic anger that the standouts of this particular sub-genre exist in. They have a handful of good riffs and a dash of aggression, but an ingredient is missing.

Contact: http://www.burialground.net

(article published 27/10/2003)

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