Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Nebraska Metal: Faith Buried in Flames: Scriptures of the Suffering
Faith Buried in Flames is a groove metal band from Norfolk, Nebraska, which is the city in which I am currently working. It is one of only two metal bands from this area I am aware of, though the other one may be defunct. I am honestly surprised there is even one.
Groove metal is not really a genre of which I am a big fan. I like some Pantera, some Machine Head, the Sepultura groove metal era, Exhorder, and a few other random bands. But for some reason Nebraska seems to produce a number of groove metal bands. Deadechoes and Seppeku are two such bands that were reviewed on this blog. More than likely this is due to Nebraska being hopelessly behind the times. Faith Buried in Flames is a pretty decent groove metal band really. Their music is not the simplistic, meat-headed style that has become synonymous with the genre name. There are some complexities in this music with some other elements that keep it from becoming a typical and boring groove metal album.
There are the occasional death metal elements to be found in the music. That in and of itself makes this far more interesting than the stereotypical groove metal album. Faith Buried in Flames has some impressive death metal riffing going on in several places. The guitar work for the most part is very entertaining and keeps things from growing stale. The band also uses the occasional acoustic interlude to break up the otherwise fast-paced and punishing songs.
The album does tend to drag a little bit by the end, but for the most part it is a bit of a wild ride. I was overall very impressed by this release. Hopefully they can keep things going and not get discourage by having their home in an otherwise metal-deficient part of the state.