Buried Inside
"Chronoclast: Selected Essays on Time-Reckoning and Auto-Cannibalism"

(Relapse Records 2005)Buried Inside - Chronoclast: Selected Essays on Time-Reckoning and Auto-Cannibalism

Ottawa, Canada-based quintet Buried Inside have made their third album, and first on Relapse Records, the go-to label for metal, into an academic affair, their lyrics collected in the linear notes reading like a dissertation. Dark melodies grow and shrink on the serious sounding "Chronoclast: Selected Essays on Time-Reckoning and Auto-Cannibalism," as Buried Inside add usually indistinct screaming vocals to the tight instrumentation that is, after all, the focus.

While not quite drone, Buried Inside take their time in getting from point to point. Guitar rises eerily from the dust on the instrumental "Introduction" before cutting jagged riffs over pounding drums. "Time As Ideology" speeds haphazardly while as a contrast to the loud predecessor, the unhurried instrumental "Time As Methodology" lets out low groans. Chaos reigns on "Time As Surrogate Religion" as Buried Inside bring everything to a peak, crashing and banging, as "Time As Imperialism" stays in the middle ground. Strings add a deep toned richness over background squeaking on the quiet "Reintroduction" before "Time As Abjection" pounds loudly in your face and then backs off, pulling the melody to the forefront on the soft but quick instrumental "Time As Automation." Buzzing guitars build up on "Time As Commodity" as "Time As Resistance" brings everything full circle, revisiting "Introduction."

Perhaps Buried Inside has mixed art with science and philosophy. If so, "Chronoclast" is no longer personal and the arguments made by the lyrics open to debate and criticism as any essays would be. But Buried Inside's ten musical movements speak deeper with their resonating melodies that fill the room in a way that Karl Marx's literature never did.

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