TRENDKILL - NO LONGER BURIED - CANDLELIGHT USA
The band’s biography claims Trendkill may attract fans of metalcore and appeal to Meshuggah, Machine Head and Sepultura fans. Excuse me?
The vocals of Adrian Westin may have the shouted quality, albeit with a lot more aggression, that some associate with so-called metalcore, but in reality No Longer Buried is too heavy, too fast and too involved to be associated with trendy crossover material. Westin’s vocals sound like a cross between At The Gates’ Anders and The Haunted’s Peter Dolving. Be it the crushing power of Judge Me Now, the brutality of Dedication, powerful guitar on Walking Dead or the personal favourite Break The Silence the songs on this album are deadly. Add to the mix a thick slab of concrete called 'production' and one gets the ingredients for a motoring death metal album.
Now, contrary to the band’s own opinion, there is little here that is innovative or groundbreaking, and the abstract cover artwork certainly is not helping, but Trendkill does what it does well, with conviction and with a lot of energy and power. Little boys bereft of any musical talent, generic skater haircut and Christian lyrics be damned. - Ali “The Metallian”