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Album Review: Boundaries - 'Burying Brightness'

Connecticut metalcore band Boundaries sagaciously expands their soundscape horizons with new spirited and contentiously vast album release, Burying Brightness.



Boundaries is a metalcore band that has always focused on the ability to transcend with each album release. While the journey is not always pleasant, the result may prove to be better than you anticipated it to be.

Coming off of the deft and chaotic atmosphere of their 2021 album release, Your Receding Warmth, their new album release, Burying Brightness, continues to keenly and artfully expand on those horizons while successfully finding the balance between titanic heaviness and magnetic melodic structure. Speaking on internally burying the bright things in your life as they get more out of hand, Boundaries also seeks to lyrically broaden on the topics of spiraling when a person is falling into disrepair and exploring the possibility of not finding that positive light again.

The first major highlights, "Your Own Murder," and "This is What It's Like," are instrumental titans bleeding massive guitar lines, raw vocal intensity, gorgeous melodic control, and percussive fervor. Displaying vignettes of full-blown instrumental hysteria at every turn, Boundaries continues to experiment with their soundscapes without losing focus so early into the album experience.

With the opening track, "It Begins To Speak," Boundaries demonstrates the effortless fluidity of atmospheric melodicism and tension as it blends into their evolved state of towering instrumentalism. Everything about this shows they are committed to a more dedicated approach to skillfully building something more vast and emotionally mature, which will reveal itself more as the record progresses.

The first major highlights, "Your Own Murder," and "This is What It's Like," are instrumental titans bleeding massive guitar lines, raw vocal intensity, gorgeous melodic control, and percussive fervor. Displaying vignettes of full-blown instrumental hysteria at every turn, Boundaries continues to experiment with their soundscapes without losing focus so early into the album experience.

Moshpit masterpieces "Heaven's Broken Heart" and "No One Will Mourn You Here" are jam-packed with a stampede of beautiful breakdowns and riffs, something that Boundaries has been faithfully committed to authentically building while maintaining the solid song structures featured up to this point in the record.

Surprisingly changing things up midpoint on the record, Boundaries delivers with this melodic gem, "Realize and Rebuild." Boundaries show a more tender and impassioned side of themselves on this record, despite the lack of any herculean instrumentalism previously heard on the album, while retaining the heaviness we've come to expect from the band.

Their monstrous instrumental tenacity makes a gigantic commanding return again with "My Body Is A Cage" and "It Was Built To Break." Boundaries aggressively advance toward the end of the album experience with flying colors, demonstrating their inventive grasp between giant instrumental concepts and soft atmospheric textures before getting to finale tracks "Burying Brightness" and "The Tower," barely breaking a sweat from the energy of the beginning track's appearance.

Progressively exhibiting hefty, layered, and abrasive sound that best represents a deeper level of maturity than we have seen since their past efforts on Receding Your Warmth, Burying Your Brightness ends on an immensely epic and confident note.

Boundaries have cultivated an experience that confronts the metalcore and hardcore elements and demands that we can always reach higher and do more than expected with each genre. With enormous instrumentalism sewn into attractive melodic nuances throughout, Boundaries proves that anything is possible with both genres if you set your mind to it.



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