THE GREEN RIVER BURIAL: Separate & Coalesce: CD

THE GREEN RIVER BURIAL is a German band from Frankfurt and formed in 2008. After releasing a demo in mid 2009 the band released their self-produced EP in February 2010, titled Means To An End, and now the have put out their debut album, Separate & Coalesce.

They say that their music is hardcore / deathcore, I say that it’s metalcore and there’s nothing wrong with that because there really isn’t much in the way of hardcore on here at all. You get the growling, deep vocals, chugging guitars, thumping drums and rumbling bass work of metal core, so don’t be ashamed to call it that. Now that we have that settled, let’s get a bit deeper, shall we? These guys carry off the metal pretty well, lots of cool breakdowns going on played by Mo, along with the growling vocals by Mert, we have a bit of clean vocals mixed in, the drumming by Tom and the bass from Phil are also done really well and they succeeded in getting my foot tapping and getting into the songs more as the album played. There is a nice instrumental track just over half way through the album that lets the band show of a bit of a different, more mellow sound that was a nice treat.

I really thought they did a great job on here and really liked it a lot more than I thought that I would. These guys have put out an album that should get the metalcore fans out there and buy it and go see them if they come around your neighborhood.

BUST A MOVE: There’s No Place Like Home: CD

On this five piece German band’s debut album, there are eleven death core songs that go by in a quick pace.

The album starts with my dreaded instrumental intro song which drives me crazy because everyone does that now, but it is a very short song and then the evil starts. The first song, “Contaminated” has machine gun drumming from Dominik, melodic guitar riffs and a breakdown that can make your ears bleed. “Catharsis Of The Damned” has a  mix of unbridled power and aggression, and album closer “The Apocalypse” is nothing short of immense, that leaves you breathless before fading away with a piano outro. You get some brutal death metal mixed with some hardcore styling on here and the brutality doesn’t stop. The band has some nice breakdowns and drumming, the vocals by Marc are growly, but don’t get into the cookie monster, unintelligible range. The band really know how to play and add a lot of feeling to the album with some more mellow pieces mixed in, but it doesn’t take away from the heaviness of the album. The production and mixing of this album really work in the band’s favor, lot of depth and heaviness mixed with room to hear the band’s breakdowns clearly and heavy bass from Lasse, and the awesome guitar playing by Dimi and Phil.

You can’t ask for a better death core album than this, it has it all, heavy, thrashy, angry and done well.