On the third album from Cincinnati’s Beneath the Sky, the band delivers a bloody serving of metalcore, melding crawling brutality with soaring melody to create a sound that manages to be both savage and harmonious. While the dual nature of the songs helps to create a more dynamic sound, the impact of the heavier parts is far greater. Songs like “Static” and “Terror Starts at Home” show a band that’s so adept at death metal that it makes the more melodic, singing passages seem like an unwanted interruption rather than a necessary respite from the more intense sections, with the metalcore breakdowns feeling distinct enough to create a space for the listener to momentarily escape the suffocating death metal atmospherics. That isn’t to say that the singing parts are bad by any means, but it’s more accurate to say they feel tacked on to what would be an otherwise relentless metal assault. Despite the solid songwriting, In Loving Memory does suffer from some of the less fun tropes of the genre, with gated guitars and bass bombs appearing from time to time to give the album an over-produced feeling, taking you out of the action by reminding you that there’s someone manipulating the sound rather than just letting their solid songwriting speak for itself. Problems aside, Beneath the Sky's talent for death metal riffage makes In Loving Memory an album that should have no trouble whipping metalcore fans into a frenzy.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney