By Cameron Galante
Over the years, we’ve seen many metal-core bands deservedly make their way to the upper echelon of the scene. Spiritbox, Knocked Loose, and Wage War are some of the names that come to mind. However, I believe we will see a new name accompanying those bands in the coming years. Boundaries, a metal-core band out of Hartford, Connecticut, were not on my radar at all going into this year. The band caught my attention in a featured spot on Last Ditch’s song “Rot.” This led me to check out their latest release Burying Brightness and I was immediately hooked. The band strikes the perfect balance between beauty and brutality on the album and the group can switch between or incorporate both elements into their songs flawlessly. The songs “Realize and Rebuild,” “The Tower,” and the title track for the album showcase their ability to do so. In my opinion, Burying Brightness is an evolution in the band’s sound from their previous album Your Receding Warmth. The latter album was unfiltered brutality whereas their latest release showcases their heaviness as well as the melody they can incorporate. However, the album doesn’t shy away from bone-shattering breakdowns either. If you’re looking for that, the songs “Heaven’s Broken Heart,” “My Body is a Cage,” and “Your Own Murder” are where you should look first. I think both of the band’s LPs are incredibly strong and worth a listen, but Burying Brightness absolutely blew me away and has been a staple fixture on my playlist ever since I found it. In my opinion, the band is only getting better and has the complexity of sound and heaviness to be a big time player in the metal-core scene. Only time will tell if this actually manifests but with the band’s current trajectory, an upcoming tour, and a third LP in the works; I would say it is only a matter of time. If you don’t believe me, give them a listen for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.