Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins

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Band Name Baring Teeth
Album Name Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins
Type Album
Released date 25 November 2014
Music StyleProgressive Death
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1. An Illusion of Multiple Voices
2. Mountain
3. Visitant
4. The Great Unwashed
5. Terra Nullius
6. Dripping Sun
7. The Unwilling
8. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins

Review @ Xero337

08 December 2014

listeners shouldn’t help but feel glued to see what next this band has to offer.

With 2014 winding down, bands are pushing release dates left and right trying to get their two-cents in before this demanding chapter closes. Texas trio, Baring Teeth, has graciously allowed the fine people of this website to get our greasy mitts upon their upcoming release Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins.

Baring Teeth, previously known as Soviet, formed in 2009, was signed to Willowtip in 2011 for their debut release Atrophy, where they had graced our filthy presence with an album that dared to venture out and test the virility of a genre that was struggling to put forth something new. That very year, bands like Illogicist, Neuraxis, Isolation In Infamy had focused a great deal in making something substantial but was sacrificed by the chugging riff. Many bands began to link into a single entity without variation and with Deathcore sticking its cumbersome ass into legit affairs, it seemed like the genre was heading into an ignominious demise. Technical Death Metal, was and still is a respectable genre known for its arduous undertakings in creativity with abstract boundaries that can only cause two fleeting emotions we as listeners succumb to, the music either vexes or incites us to go on. Atrophy had done just that as the mixed reviews pummeled in. It’s now 2014 and it is safe to say that we avid listeners of metal have at the very least been dabbling into the abstract and the weird, thus extending our palettes by some degree.

Opening track An Illusion of Multiple Voices, gives heed to some critical changes that may have hindered their approachability within their debut album. One notorious element that had been traded in for ambiance was the hardcore. No longer those screeching Dillinger-esque pitch-shift riffs, hardcore chord progressions and ferocious fret boarding are utilized much within the album. What was once spastic, belligerent and maybe a little primitive within their sound has upped the ante with a new dogged take. Second track Mountain, blasts out those sweet filled melodies, equilibrium disturbing drums and grim ambiance that are so dense that the only sip of momentary grace the listeners are blessed with is the feeling of being stuck in a hole as the nostrils take in thick swarms of fog and aluminum. The rest of the album follows this general formula, after each track ends, the songs die out with ominous tones that make this album very bleak and rustic, however, the sounds this band has produced to follow the theme seems a touch off. The spacey chord progressions and the dissonant guitars give off imagery of the cosmos and uncertainty rather than fixating the attention to the natural world the title tracks give credence to.

Whichever way they would have went about this album, the creation process has led them to this sound and for the best. Before they were compared to bands such as Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Converge and other hardcore bands, now they have sounds that reminisce of early Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain and other bands that tinker around with this form of dissonant technicality. Though they have gotten more mature in sound and is something to revel in, this sound is nothing that hasn’t already been created. With only two albums within their discography and going through such a metamorphosis within their short history, listeners shouldn’t help but feel glued to see what next this band has to offer. (8/10)

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