Slightly buried in mediocrity
Saturday Night Sever is the second full length album from the metalcore band Buried in Verona. It is just intense as their first, featuring plenty of chugging guitars and crushing drums along with the demonic roars of the vocals. Considering there are six people in the band, fans should expect a lot of cacophony.
"The End" opens up with the usual mix of roaring vocals, hammering guitars, and the drums beating away in the background. There isn't really anything amazing about the music as it sounds like fifty other metalcore bands out there from Silent Civilian to The Acacia Strain. There are some clean vocals in the mix that add a little depth to the song, but after a while the musical formula tends to get weary and, sadly, many of the other tracks are like this. "Temptress" sounds almost exactly like the first track and after skipping to "Go Go Gadget Suicide," again, the same formula can be heard. Sure this may be amazing to someone who has never heard metalcore before, but to those who have picked up about six different bands in the genre will begin to understand what makes music good versus bad. And repetitive tracks that are all intensity and little style are certainly in the bad category.
In spite of this, Buried in Verona don't land a complete failure at trying to be original. "Hangin' Hoes By Their Toes" may seem laughable, but the pop inspired introduction and momentary breaks in between riffs where a synth can be heard is a fresh sound. As always, the clean vocals are a bit easier to appreciate because they sound decent and different compared to the standard screaming. "You Left Me With No Goodbye" has some great hooks and screeching solo work, similar to that of Bullet For My Valentine, and actually throws some melody into the mix rather than just crunching and crushing riffs. Finally, "The Beginning" sheds some hope on the band because it is a heavily electronic metalcore fused track that forsakes intensity for melody, especially by letting the synth have a huge part in the performance. It doesn't sound like the Buried in Verona that fans had just been hearing almost eight tracks ago, but it is great to know that the band may be going in this direction to make their sound a bit more unique.
For a second album, Saturday Night Sever is strong, but buried in mediocrity due to the musical structure not really sounding anything even close to original. Thankfully, "The Beginning" is a huge hint that the band is still experimenting and expanding in their musical career to deliver something that may become downright astounding. As they say, third time’s a charm.