Of all the bands coming through that are doing the math-jazz-djent-polyrhythmic Messhuggah-worship right now, After The Burial seem to be the ones who those in the know are the most excited about.
After The Burial: Wolves Within
Math-metal Minnesotans play to their own strengths
And Wolves Within is exciting, primarily because ATB have enough nous to know that you can’t go toe-to-toe with the Swedish maestros and expect to come out looking anything other than second best.
So they’ve decided that, rather than just chug away in clever time patterns, it’s a good idea to stick in some double-pace blasting, like on Virga, and some killer guitar leads, as they do on Disconnect, to break it up a touch. Mind you when they do enter into a riff-off, there wouldn’t be many bands around who could touch the steel-fisted punch to the face that is the centrepiece of Neo Soul or the aural hundred hand slap that drives Parise.
After The Burial are certainly a clever bunch and there are far worse things that you could do than pick this album up straight away.