Dunderbeist - Songs Of The Buried (Indie Recordings)

Anthemic heavy metal melodies from Norway
Dunderbeist's new album Songs Of The Buried delivers addictive riffs, anthemic lyrics and a dark-edged fast-momentum soundtrack that drills into your mind, taking control of your feet.
 
The sixth album for the Norwegian rockers, Songs Of The Buried marks their second Internationally released album following up from the release earlier this year of Black Arts & Crooked Tails. Formed from the members of several Norwegian bands, Dunderbeist's earliest releases had a mixed response from the local music press but it seems that they are finding their strengths in their most recent foray into the international music scene. In contrast to Black Arts & Crooked TailsSongs Of The Buried is much heavier, resulting in a more distinctly metal sound. This pairs much more with the unified image Dunderbeist puts forward, of black and white suits with the black of thieves' masks running down their cheeks. 
 
Opening with a Tom Waits-esque A Capella introduction, YSongs Of The Buried then launches into the almost punk-rock influenced Father Serpent. The title track, Songs Of The Buried, is a catchy anthem-like hard edged ballad I can see easily becoming a summer favourite for fans of the melodic edge of metal. Centuries provides a brief classical piano break, before delivering riffs designed to give you speeding tickets. The bass line in The Hidden One delivers a sub-three minute heavy headbanging break, while the opening riff to Forcefed Boar's Head is reminiscent of Wolfmother before breaking into a fast distorted rhythym more typical of Machine Head to grab you and throw you into a wall of death.
 
From here the melodies run thick and sweet, with a classically heavy distorted bass line, clean drums and passionate harmonies. Throughout the album, the two singers have an edge to their strong clean vocals that remind me of high school in the 90s, with a hint of Faith No More and Sevendust. Flowing from one song to another, Dunderbeist have kept their heavy melodic riffs, but the dirtier metal-driven thirst behind Songs Of The Buried make for a much more memorable release than their previous works.
  
Songs Of The Buried provides a satisfying, triumphant listen for a Friday afternoon with the right amount of dark melody mixed in and still plenty of room for moshing along. However, if you're the sort of person who only finds pleasure in music so heavy your entrails shake, or so black your grandmother disowns you, perhaps give it a skip.
 
Songs Of The Buried, released through Indie Recordings, is due out in Norway on the 9th of November and the rest of Europe on the 20th of November.