Britain’s doing all right for tech metal at the moment. With the likes of Tesseract flying the flag for the Djent scene, but in terms of the Between The Buried & Me-style technical metal we have been lagging behind the rest of the world. That is until Beneath Dead Waves came along with their new album “Inertia”.
“Inertia” manages to blend almost flawlessly the melodic edge of the current crop of metalcore bands such as While She Sleeps, with the sweeping technical virtuosity of the best technical metal bands such as Between The Buried & Me and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Though a lot more melodic than the likes of Between The Buried & Me the albums strengths still lie in its frenetic and sometimes mind-boggling riff constructions; it’s not completely into calculator required territory but it certainly gives you something to sink your teeth into.
The vocals are the other stand out element of the album, ranging from hardcore screams to clean soaring choruses peppered throughout the album. But where the vocals do steal the album are the title track and the following track entitled ‘You Were Nothing’ in which they are dripping in Tool-influenced goodness,particularly the former of those tracks which is pitch perfect “Lateralus”-era Maynard James Keenan. Even the riffs on these tracks tone down the tech edge and add a certain Adam Jones-esque atmosphere to the tracks.
Overall, “Inertia” is a great album from a band that sound like they have much more to come. It’s really melodic, which clashes brilliantly against the organised chaos that is going around it.