Album Review: Rancor – Burying the World


Album Review: Rancor - Burying the World

Watered down thrash

The latest album from Spanish metal band Rancor bury the world plays more like a watered-down offering to the big four of thrash metal (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeath) rather than something truly pulled from their own ingenuity. It’s not bad, it’s just that nothing really stands out on this stereotypical album. Fast from start to finish and taking clear direction from their inspirations, this album is technically flawless, but its heart and emotion are lost in translation.

bury the world begins quickly with the track “Berserk”. A quick rise and fall on a guitar scale leads straight into a stereotypical thrash metal groove. The next track “Bury the World” is in the same key as the first and essentially follows the same pattern as “Berserk”, speeding it up a bit more and adding a guitar solo up front. To give them some props, for a metal band, these guys have pretty good diction. For example, the “r” in the word “Berserk” is fully pronounced and not just glazed like most do. However, the music simply does not support the lyrics and exemplary pronunciation.

“Hunting Humans” is a song that leans more towards a heavy metal sound than the others and it is unfortunately watered down as well. With only little guitar ditties here and there to help it stand out, the vocals and accompaniment fall flat. One would expect more vigor and fear from a subject as the title suggests.

There are several little heartfelt moments on this album that try to get out but are quickly shelved. For example, the track “Daggers in the Chest” features a funky bass solo by Jorge “Serra” Serrano that is similar to the beginning of the Seinfeld theme song, and it’s followed by a technically proficient beastly double pedal from drummer Jorge Sáez. “Bad Angel” shows off a touch of Spanish flamenco in a flowing middle section that seems to come out of nowhere and would almost be a mood killer if it weren’t so beautiful. Whether bury the world had more elements like this instead of just dropping them as easter eggs, they could get closer to finding their own sound.

Although technically virtuous, the heart of their lives shows does not translate into bury the world. It comes across as watered down thrash metal, as one would expect from a debut album versus a 4th album. The musical concepts on this album need a little more show and a little less telling and maybe listeners would be a little more impressed. Like the happy mess found on the album’s last track “Rat Licker”, to really feel the energy bury the world tries to express, it would be better to record it for a live broadcast than for home listening.



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