Thursday, June 11, 2020

Buried Realm – Embodiment of The Divine (2020)

Buried Realm - Embodiment of The Divine (2020)
For fans of Soilwork, Nevermore, Children of Bodom
Album Title: Embodiment of the Divine
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Label: Self-Release
Distribution: DistroKid
“Buried Realm sound a whole lot like what you’d expect given the bands whose guest musicians Dummer tapped for the project: aggressive, catchy, Sweden-inspired melodic death metal. If you like all the bands name-checked above, you’re sure to like this one. It’s incredibly well-done and expertly crafted.” - MetalSucks (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
“On this album he proves himself to be some kind of instrumental wizard, and a vocal chameleon as well. But he has also surrounded himself with an array of guests that shines like a metal constellation in the night sky.” – No Clean Singing (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
“Given that The Ichor Carcinoma has so many guests, it stands to reason that it has a diverse sound, ranging from hyper-speed solos, breakdowns, a mixture of screams and clean singing and more, but at the end of the day, it can be classified as an impressive melodic death metal debut.” – Decibel Magazine (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
“From the very beginning of this track (Apeiron II: Global Dreamer), the riffing is here to cut your limbs ready to cook a nice melodic stew. Are you with me? Shades of Scar Symmetry, At the Gates, Hypocrisy, early Nightrage, late Soilwork and a fine slice of that machine gun style technical death metal drumming are found here. A delicious plate that I know will please a good bunch of my fellow seekers of melodic metal.” – Toilet  Ov Hell (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
”Buried Realm’s debut album The Ichor Carcinoma, which sees the next chapter in the soul key band member Josh Dummer’s, emotionally charged dark twisted vision come to life in the form of a hard hitting, electrifyingly intense experience for fans of Heavy Metal to experience and enjoy.” – Noizze UK (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
“There’s plenty of ear-candy to be found on The Ichor Carcinoma – be it in the form of aggressive melodeath riffing, soaring leads, or sheer vocal variety. While it doesn’t stray far outside of the genre realms, there’s only a handful of releases that one can think of in recent memory that execute it with this much passion and finesse. With its time of release, one hopes that the album doesn’t become lost in the mix of fall juggernauts. This is too strong to be overlooked.” – Dead Rhetoric (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)
“There is more than enough content to shred your ears within The Ichor Carcinoma and more than enough to keep you listening over and over again, and that is just what this release does.” – Cadaver Garden (Review - The Ichor Carcinoma 2017)

A true visionary is a rare thing, but such a man is Josh Dummer exemplified in his solo studio project Buried Realm. Influenced by personal experience and executed through metaphors, the progressive and heavy metal leaves room for interpretation and paints an interesting picture for listeners.  
Following up on his long time idea of releasing a solo album, he seized the chance with his first offering “Ichor Carcinoma”. Released in 2017 it features guests such as Christopher Amott (Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) and Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal, Jeff Loomis band).
Inspired by Opeth, Kreator, Old Man’s Child, Symphony X (and tons of old Hair Metal!), Dummer is a man who is not afraid to gaze into the abyss for music and lyrical inspiration. He describes Buried Realm’s music as ‘fierce, cutting, technical, melodic, and memorable.’ The studio project represents a hidden dimension within himself where the ‘buried disputes’ of his life are confronted only through music; where he can express musical ideas without compromising.
The next chapter in Dummer’s journey is 2020’s “Embodiment of the Divine” due out July 24th and while it is parallel to the first, both musically and lyrically, it is a forward step in a sojourn that will be continuing.
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Album Title: Embodiment of the Divine
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Label: Self-Release
Distribution: DistroKid
Track Listing:
1. The Burning Remnants (6:00) ft. guests Dean Arnold (Operus, ex-Vital Remains)
2. Overlord (5:38) ft. guest Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est)
3. Master Psychosis (4:02) ft. guests Benjamin Ellis (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Strain (Chaos For The Masses)
4. Scales of Queen Dragon (4:19) ft. guests Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est)
5. Silver Tongue (6:35) ft. guests Bob Katsionis (ex-Firewind), Dean Arnold (Operus, ex-Vital Remains)
6. In The Shallow Light (4:54) ft. guests Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork), Ryan Strain (Chaos For The Masses)
7. Embodiment of The Divine (4:41) ft. guests Benjamin Ellis (Scar Symmetry), Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork)
8. Infinite Mutation (7:36) ft. guests Lee McKinney (Born of Osiris), Ryan Strain (Chaos For The Masses)
9. The Wonder and Terror of Fortune (5:05) ft. guests Rafael Trujillo (ex-Obscura), Ryan Strain (Chaos For The Masses)
Album Length: 48:56
Album Credits:
- All songs performed by: Josh Dummer
- All songs written by: Josh Dummer
- Produced by: Josh Dummer
- Mixed by: Josh Dummer
- Mastered by: Dan Swanö at Unisound AB
- Album Artwork by: Tony Koehl
- Member of ASCAP
Album Band Line Up:
Josh Dummer – All instruments and vocals
Guest performances by:
Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est) on (Overlord & Scales of Queen Dragon)
Benjamin Ellis (Scar Symmetry) on (Master Psychosis & Embodiment of the Divine)
Bob Katsionis (ex-Firewind) on (Silver Tongue)
Dean Arnold (Operus, ex-Vital Remains) on (The Burning Remnants & Silver Tongue)
Lee McKinney (Born of Osiris) on (Infinite Mutation)
Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) on (In the Shallow Light & Embodiment of the Divine)
Rafael Trujillo (ex-Obscura) on (The Wonder and Terror of Fortune)
Ryan Strain (Chaos For The Masses) on (Master Psychosis, In the Shallow Light, Infinite Mutation, The Wonder and Terror of Fortune)
2020 - Embodiment of the Divine
2017 - The Ichor Carcinoma
Describe each song track by track
“The Burning Remnants”
The fastest and arguably darkest track on the album. Originally titled “The Burning Ritual” – releasing negativity through a burning ceremony of letters, pictures, etc.
This song caries tons of leads and some of the more challenging guitar parts on the album. A message about looking forward, shedding skin, but being haunted by “dead skin” so to speak.
“Master Psychosis”
"Master Psychosis" is about exploring and trying to understand the dark side of one's mind. How someone becomes trapped, engulfed by, or falls into an empowering feeling of darkness over and over. It isn't a "societal norm" to accept or shed light on it for others to see. Most aren't vulnerable enough to expose it, so we hide it.
“Scales of Queen Dragon”
About repeating patterns of those who feed you a false personality for acceptance.
“Silver Tongue”
“Silver Tongue” took the longest to piece together. Small bits of the song came to me over the course of writing the album. The song ended up filling out with a lot of subtle layers because of that.
“In the Shallow Light”
A continuation to the lyrical theme of “Scales of Queen Dragon”.
“Embodiment of the Divine”
This was the first song written after releasing ‘The Ichor Carcinoma‘. It ended up encompassing the sounds and overall message of the album, so it made sense as an album title, too.
“Infinite Mutation”
Infinite Mutation is the “epic” song of the album. Inspired by the way technology can easily change the identity of people and how we're viewed.
“The Wonder and Terror of Fortune”
The album closer... Over the years, music has been a very important part of my life. It's always been there for me in any situation, it became a lifestyle and many opportunities have come from it. For that I am grateful. With that comes the unfortunate part of losing sight of friendships, relationships, other opportunities, etc. These lyrics are about the interesting blend of excitement and sorrow that music brings to me, and the constant reminder of how I've had to choose what‘s most important at the time.

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