Buried Above Ground – The Evil One: A Video Breakdown


In And Above Ground

There seems to be two routes that deathcore bands can go nowadays: jeans-and-band-shirts just regular dudes and s00per evil sp00ky deathy-weathy guys. I’ll let you decide what category Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Buried Above Ground falls under. Let’s watch their new video for their song “The Evil One” to find out. Grab your holy water and some Wet-Naps.

0:04: A music box is always the harbinger of something evil in horror movies.
0:07: Also, a table covered in guts.
0:12: “Who wants onion rings?!”
0:19: That pose hurts my back just looking at it.
0:25: “Welcome to Panda Express!”
0:29: His bloody ocular cavities are the second grossest thing in this shot.
0:37: And that’s how maraschino cherries are made.
0:44: Ugh. He can pass an entire clementine through that hole.
0:49: Still more original than dressing up like The Joker for Halloween.
0:54: Ewwwww snot!
1:00: I’m impressed that the band can play two different songs at the same time.
1:05: Creepy green light on loan from Type O Negative.
1:08: Hut! Hut! Hike!
1:14: Stranger danger!
1:21: Prepare thy spinkicks.
1:32: No means no, doc.
1:39: I’ll need like 3 or 4 showers after watching this.
1:48: I probably should have given a seizure trigger warning at the beginning of this breakdown.
1:56: Well, at least he doesn’t love Boston.
2:04: Whoopsies!
2:14: I’m beginning to think this isn’t an accredited doctor’s office.
2:20: His favorite Nickelodeon show? Guts.
2:26: Nice neckerchief.
2:30: Now we know the sound of one hand clapping.
2:36: He should give himself a pat on the back, Barry Horowitz-style.
2:43: This song contains your daily recommended allowance of chuggity-chugs.
2:53: Dr. Ian Ziering to the rescue!
2:58: Smell The Glove meets Smell The Bucket.
3:12: You wouldn’t be so scared if you added some lighting and maybe cracked open a window.
3:22: A broken chain? That’s the inspiration for at least 100 metal songs.
3:34: No tongues!
3:38: Cold and flu season is upon us.
3:46: Now make sure to let his entrails marinate for 2 hours before baking them in the oven.
3:55: I looked the same way after watching Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life”.
4:04 Oh, cruel hubris and cheap restraints.
4:14: Squatcore is the new crabcore.

Buried Above Ground’s album Birth is available now.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    That thumbnail looks like a mad wet shit being dropped.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Despite the fact that I consider myself fairly open minded – maybe even to a fault – when it comes to metal, I haven’t been able to come across one single deathcore band I consider good.

    • Howard Dean


      Frankie P ’bout to roll up in ya crib and watch someone suck some dick, son.


    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      There was one that a friend swears is the only not-complete-shit deathcore band, but I can never remember if I’m thinking of the right band. I believe it was The Red Chord. If it was them, whoever it was, I listened to a track or two and it was actually not bad.

      But yeah, fuck deathcore.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Damn I forgot all about The Red Chord. Their first album, Revolving Doors, was actually rather decent. Nothing that really clicks with me, but not all that bad either. Haven’t really listened to their other albums.
        As for the rest, even All Shall Perish’s most “acclaimed” albums get a nope from me. I don’t own any deathcore albums, while I do own a select few metalcore albums. I’m a fan of Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch and I think Burst’s Lazarus Bird, Killswitch Engage’s Alive or Just Breathing, Lamb of God’s As the Palaces Burn and Ashes of the Wake and Misery Signals’ Of Malice and the Magnum Heart are all great albums as well. That’s basically all metalcore I own though.


        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          I’ll have to listen to some more Red Chord to see how I feel. I don’t like calling Dillinger or Converge “metalcore” even though that’s a perfectly apt descriptor, simply because it brings to mind so many lesser bands.

          But yeah, for how truly awful some metalcore could be (the emo-ish variety in particular), so much of it was all Gothenburg melodeath worship, at least as far as guitars were concerned, so you can’t deny there are some killer riffs to be had.

          I personally never got acquainted enough with Killswitch to really get attached, and I happened to have a really bad first impression of Lamb of God (that song “Redneck,” plus recommendation from someone with whom I usually did not agree with on music haha), so I only fairly recently acknowledged that those guys really do have some good stuff.

          I always had a bit of a soft spot for Shadows Fall, and still do. I don’t listen all that often, but they had some great tunes across their discography. I made a mix a few years back and would jam that here and there.

          Digging this Misery Signals track you embedded. Never knew these guys either.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well, with As the Palaces Burn and Ashes of the Wake, Lamb of God really did make two solid slabs of metal. Such a shame they decided to become so unbearably stale since Sacrament. “Redneck” is godawful and it went all downhill from there on.
            Shadows Fall never really did anything for me tbh…
            Misery Signals is by far one of the best metalcore bands. Their songs are far more creatively composed, feature tons of time signature, have a great ear for atmosphere and some of the most nostalgic melodies around. They’re basically the only band that seems to play that particular style of metalcore and that knows how to make it work. Basically any other band playing this kind of metalcore sucks, but somehow Misery Signals doesn’t.
            Alive or Just Breathing is Killswitch Engage’s sole truly great album imo. All of their other albums don’t do anything for me, but somehow this album hits a homerun.


          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Nice, I’ll check it out, too.

            For me it wasn’t that Shadows Fall was ever flawless or anything, but something about the better material (I did feel there was a bunch of filler across their stuff too) just felt really good. They seemed to really throw in some 80s influence (solos especially) on top of the obvious melodeath and -core stuff going on.

            It made perfect sense that they ended up covering Bark at the Moon (which, although I think Ozzy is incredibly overrated, –sorry Doc– Bark at the Moon is one of the best damn songs ever).

      • oh fuck, The Red Chord >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
        that was my favorite metal band for a long time. then they RIP’d too soon. (also, not entirely positive about the “deathcore” label. there’s an interview with Guy Kowksozywk in which he shot down that label. i’d say a combination of death metal and grindcore. but not deathcore 😉 )

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Well that’s pretty sweet. I might bump the whole “I’ll have to listen to those guys sometime” thing priority up a notch.

          • it’s only 2:40… see what you think of this toe-tapper:

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Oh wow, yeah I’m about a minute in and this just keeps getting better and better. I definitely wouldn’t just call this deathcore. I suppose it does check a few of the boxes you’d expect it to, but there’s so much more going on. I think this one feels more like tech-death than anything else.

            Good call, Jimmy!

          • i’m glad you like it, DL! i clutch two Red Chord t-shirts close to my heart every night in hopes that they decide to reunite and blow everyone away with some more heavy merol

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      Same here. I don’t know about any good deathcore.

    • Major Zim

      I’m by no means certain that this could change your mind, but man do I love this song. If this band dropped the breakdowns in EVERY song and just even used them sparingly, they’d easily be my new favorite techdeath all-purple-album-cover alien-obsessed metal band. Ever since Planetary Duality, that throne has been sadly empty. Also don’t read the lyrics. But that opening riff! It rips so hard! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFYdzSB8bI

      • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

        It’s not quite hitting the spot for me, but I definitely like elements of it, for sure. It certainly feels more like tech death than it does deathcore, aside from the vocals (which I’m not real fond of).

        Those guitars are pretty sweet, though. Hell, even that breakdown wasn’t bad. I think it was the guitar tone that did it. Actually had a little character to the sound rather than just feeling like they were going for the lowest sound the guitar would make 😛

        • Major Zim

          Yea, I’m a drummer, so I don’t usually care about guitars a great deal, but it was definitely the guitars that hooked me originally (not that the drums aren’t also good. Sometimes he practically goes full BDM and I really appreciate that). I’d say that this song is both better and worse, in that the good parts are better and it’s a little more tightly structured, but there’s more breakdowns and they are more generic. But oh man, those tasty sci-fi leads and the fucking melody in the chorus. If you just played me the chorus and told me The Human Abstract had gotten back together, I would probably believe you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGYrRUrHz9Q

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Oh yeah, I see what you mean. Certain elements do feel tighter and improved, but overall it feels way more deathcore-ish, so worse. Those leads are cool, though.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        This is by no means unlistenable, but it just isn’t really my cup of tea.

    • GoatForest

      That’s because, with the exception of Glass Casket, there isn’t one.

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  • JWEG


    I was going to post The Headstones ‘Above Ground Swimming Pools’ from YouTube but all of them have been removed (maybe just from mobile access though?).

    …other than one too-similiar yet somehow still-mediocre cover, anyway…

  • Waynecro

    I still like maraschino cherries.

  • Major Zim

    Unbearably generic vocals aside, I was kinda feeling the first minute of the song. It was reminding me of a slightly more chuggy, doomier version of some Black Crown Initiate. I wanted to like this, and I feel like they honestly have potential, but just, yikes.

  • Óðinn

    And so it begins…”I voted for Trump. I’m special. I’m being discriminated against for being white, but this is my country now. I can do whatever I want.” Treats other people like shit, and then claims to be the victim.


    • CyberneticOrganism

      Even if this is fake, severe crotch punch for that one.

    • Count_Breznak

      I’m special. I’m definitely being discriminated against.

      The internet in a nutshell.