Release Date: Dec 17, 2013
Record label: Sumerian Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Death Metal
For some, progressive metal will always be a genre defined by its sprawling song structures and classical fusion. However, there comes a time when one has to wonder: if progressive metal never changes, is it still progressive? Looking to answer that question is After the Burial, who take some of the genre's lofty ideas and put them through an extreme metal filter on their fourth album, Wolves Within. The album has all the things that die-hard prog-metal fans would want -- the technically dazzling playing, the merging of disparate genres and sounds, and innovative approaches to songwriting -- but everything is pushed to the extreme ends of the spectrum.
"ATB have found a collective cutting edge that's both extreme and versatile. . .
Wolves Within's problems can be summed up in its first 15 seconds: an unnecessary, self-indulgent drum fill that overstays its welcome. This dilemma is indicative of a much larger one — After the Burial's lack of focus. Sure, there are more awesome parts on Wolves Within than you can shake a (drum) stick at, but so too are there plenty of misplaced ones.