Bury Me – After The Suffering EP
Released: 18 June 2021
Brendan Clark // Vocalist
Daniel O’Brien // Lead Guitarist
Ian O’Brien // Rhythm Guitarist
Tim Rutledge // Bassist
Ben Moras // Drummer
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Sydney-siders Bury Me who have been bursting through the scene and standing out in a sea of some newly iconic outfits in the scene. Bury Me bolster a new-age twist to nostalgic metalcore, and it’s the kind of goodness that’ll make you want to spin their upcoming EP After The Suffering time and time again, with same dedication to that of Parkway Drive’s Don’t Close Your Eyes EP from ‘back in my day’, and probably back in your day too.
Metalcore has come a long way over the years, with different nuances, permutations, and unique experimentations. Bury Me have taken on this ethos, but with a heavy respect to their legacy of metalcore brethren and you’ll hear what I mean when you listen to it yourself. Let’s take a look at this five-track extravaganza.
‘Wolves At Bay’ sets in with that epic metalcore intro you haven’t heard since Horizons and the band slip straight into the depth of rhythmic chaos immediately. Vocalist Brendan Clark sports a well-versed guttural from the get-go which makes the band immediately feel well-seasoned as compared to some peers on the scene who are still refining that crisp unclean vocal. The band alternate between the unclean vocals and a really well-tuned clean vocal chorus, which is warmly reminiscent of some particularly foregrounding musicians who I won’t mention from the metalcore scene. But far out, this song immediately feels like the sound of truth. By the way, don’t sit on this track – and wait ‘til the end for a delicious little breakdown.
Track two is titled ‘Another Lesson Learned’ and hits you right in the face from the very first second. The drums come out of the shadows and mulch in with the groovy riffs we’ve heard already. The song is deeply tuned like the last and is a real head-banger of a number. The verse builds to a metalcore crescendo that lasts only momentarily before those ominous drums return to blow your mind – major Killing With a Smile vibes, and in the best possible way. Bury Me master the effect of extended pause like some of the best in the game do this, which really emphasises the returning crunch of the band.
Mid-way song ‘Ghosts’ takes a different direction when commencing – more of a slow build. Again, the roots of this track are delightfully reminiscent of some really popular sounds that I’m drawing parallels from. The clean vocal effort gets a little raspier and has a bit of a Matt Tuck influence from Bullet For My Valentine, but a far heavier version. The song builds and builds until the last minute when the band delivers you a very well-orchestrated extended breakdown that shifts in and out.
The back-end of the After The Suffering EP includes the band’s successful new single ‘Colourblind’ which is wildly melodic and beautiful as it intersects chaos with melodic perfection. The band should be really proud of the way they’ve pulled together this track. The clean vocal has a more prominent role in this song and comes off great. They sound so elite on this track with really strong production, it simply feels like there’s an ocean between us, if you know what I mean. Oh, and the last 40-seconds will tear your face off as it breaks down eloquently.
Finally, Bury Me close their epic EP with their heavy title track ‘After The Suffering’ which holds nothing back. The band clearly gives this one all they’ve got with blistering riffs cutting through the drums with electricity. Clark is front-and-centre with his guttural verses that align perfectly to the rhythm of the band, leaving them sounding equally crisp and chaotic. The guitars are tuned high, in contrast to the vibrating drums and is the perfect recipe to metalcore madness.
I really respect some of the influences on this EP, as the band deliver us a powerless rise to some familiar sounds with a fresh twang to their own writing, and I love it. Bury Me have delivered an EP that not many others are doing in the scene at the moment, as their peers are trying to stand out from the crowd and appeal to the masses, but their new EP does stand out, because it delivers a recipe that’s tried and tested, and never forgotten. Really looking forward to seeing the reception of this release, and what else is yet to come with the band.
Bury Me – After The Suffering EP tracklisting
1. Wolves At Bay
2. Another Lesson Learned
5. After The Suffering