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Headbanging Not Required: Burials Like Their Metal With a Hint of Approachability

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Metal isn’t just a sound; it’s a calling. A bottomless rabbit hole of sub-genres and underground heroes ignored by all but the most dedicated, who will gladly go to their grave in a studded jean vest with their arms crossed in a pair of rock horns like the good lord Dio intended.

Burials are just the type. The Portland bands songs are epic, brutal, complicated, and and life-affirming. But the band feels firmly that despite its ostensibly off-putting character, it’s key not to scare the squares too much. Guitarist Benjamin Carogil explained, in an interview with The Messenger to preview the show.


RVM: What are you going for when you write a song?
BC: We want it to be challenging for us and the listener, but we also don’t want it to be so complicated that it’s inaccessible to anyone who isn’t a musician well versed in music theory.

RVM: Your sound breaks from a lot of metal and blends ambient textures with the heavy rock riffs. What do you like about that pairing?

BC: We like having a lot of diversity and dynamics in what we’re doing. We all have extremely varied taste in music and don’t really wanna be restricted to any particular sound or style.

RVM: In this laptop ruled era, do you feel that heavy guitar rock like yours is in decline, or having a renaissance as it returns to the underground? Why or why not?
BC: I think guitar-based rock–especially in metal and hardcore–is thriving. The underground/DIY scene is strong…there are [actually] soooo many bands that is hard for anyone to get noticed, but there is a lot of great stuff coming out these days.

RVM: How does that answer compare in your home market of Portland, a haven for heavy rock acts, compared to your ventures out into the world at large? Is it different?
BC: I think Portland, in particular, is kind of killing it right now. Tons of great bands. Several great small DIY/Punk venues. And a high appreciation for bands trying to do cool and innovative things. There are still a lot of genre purists here, but most people are pretty open minded to bands doing new things as long as they do it well.

RVM: What is your goal when you step on stage?
BC: We just want to play our songs well, and to enjoy the act of playing. We aren’t making money off of the music we make, we’re lucky if we break even, so if we’re not enjoying it there isn’t much point. We also hope that other people enjoy watching and listening to what we do, but I have found that if the band enjoys playing the audience will enjoy it too. No one wants to watch a band that looks bored by the music they’re playing.

RVM: Have you played Southern Oregon before. Any thoughts or expectations?
BC: A couple times at Club 66 in Ashland (RIP) and at least once at Johnny B’s. We always have fun, and because our bassist is from there we always see friends when we’re in the area.


Burials, with Exalansis

9 pm Monday Apr., 23

Johnny B’s, 120 E. Sixth St., Medford



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