After the Burial
|After the Burial|
|Place of origin||Minneapolis–Saint Paul|
After the Burial
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
After the Burial is an American progressive metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released five of their six full-length albums through the label. Since their inception in 2004, the band has gone through two vocalist changes, two drummer changes, the departure and death of founding rhythm guitarist Justin Lowe, and the departure of bassist Lerichard Foral. Lead guitarist Trent Hafdahl remains the sole remaining founding member. After The Burial is considered a key contributor to the development of subgenres such as djent, progressive metalcore, and deathcore.
History[edit | edit source]
Formation and Forging a Future Self (2004–2007)[edit | edit source]
After the Burial was founded in 2004 by Nick Wellner, Trent Hafdahl, Justin Lowe (born Justin A. Lowe in Flemington, New Jersey; December 17, 1982 – July 21, 2015), and Greg Erickson who all met in high school. Dave Coleman initially filled in on bass while they searched for a permanent member. After posting an ad on a Twin Cities hardcore message board, Lee Foral responded and earned a spot in the band.
The group's first album entitled Forging a Future Self was recorded in late 2005 and was released on March 1, 2006. It was distributed via Corrosive Records, though there was never an official record deal in place.
They would later sign to Sumerian Records where Erickson and Wellner departed and Grant Luoma (of local act Nostalia) joined as vocalist. Eric Robles took Erickson's place as drummer but also departed before the recording of the band's second album.
Rareform (2008–2009)[edit | edit source]
The band entered the studio in 2008 to record their second studio album Rareform. All drum programming was done by the band's then current rhythm guitarist Lowe, while Hafdahl handled the lyrical writing duties due to the lack of output by then current vocalist, Luoma.
Shortly after the release, vocalist Luoma was replaced. Anthony Notarmaso joined in his place, and the band recruited Dan Carle (also of Nostalia) on drums.
The band decided to re-release Rareform with Notarmaso's vocals in September 2009. It also included bonus content, such as live footage from a sold-out concert the band performed at.
In 2018, the band did a 10-year anniversary tour for Rareform, alongside The Acacia Strain.
In Dreams (2010–2012)[edit | edit source]
The band's third full-length album, In Dreams was recorded and released in 2010 through Sumerian.
In late 2010, the band supported Winds of Plague on The December Decimation Tour, and in 2011, headlined the Crush Em' All Tour 2.
On March 14, 2011, an extended mix of the song "Pi (The Mercury God of Infinity)" was uploaded to YouTube.
This Life Is All We Have EP and Wolves Within (2013–2014)[edit | edit source]
On April 2, 2013, Sumerian Records posted a re-mastered version of the song "A Steady Decline" and stated: "On April 1, 2006 After the Burial released their ground breaking album Forging a Future Self, which helped shape the sound of modern metal. To celebrate seven years of shred ATB has released a new take on an old favorite!"
On April 30, Sumerian Records uploaded three songs on their official YouTube channel for After the Burial's three song EP entitled This Life Is All We Have. The EP includes the following re-mastered songs from Forging a Future Self, featuring Anthony Notarmaso on vocals: "A Steady Decline", "Fingers Like Daggers", and "Redeeming the Wretched".
During live shows in 2013, After the Burial began playing two new songs called "A Wolf Amongst Ravens" and "Anti-Pattern" from their yet to be released album.
On November 5, 2013, Sumerian Records released the band's new song entitled "A Wolf Amongst Ravens" on YouTube and revealed the band's new album Wolves Within being release on December 17, 2013. They also resigned to Sumerian Records.
On November 18, 2013, the song "Of Fearful Men" was uploaded to YouTube and made available for purchase through iTunes and the entire album (Wolves Within) was released under Sumerian Records in December of the same year.
Justin Lowe's departure and death (2015)[edit | edit source]
Guitarist and founding member Justin Lowe officially announced he left the band on June 24, 2015, posting a lengthy statement on social media, in which he accused After the Burial, their record label (Sumerian Records) and most people in his life of being out to ruin him. MetalSucks described his statement as "barely-coherent" and suspected it to be a result of "a paranoid episode". After the Burial responded to Lowe's open letter the following day, confirming he was under severe mental distress and requesting that their fans support Lowe during his time of recovery. Lowe was under care with his family at the time.
On the evening of July 20, 2015, Justin Lowe was officially declared missing, and search efforts were put into place in order to find him. Lowe, aged 32, was found dead by a hiker on July 21, 2015 directly underneath the Soo Line High Bridge, just outside of Somerset, Wisconsin, while his car was found on the Minnesota side of the bridge. Authorities stated that his death was consistent with a fall. It remains unknown if the fall was accidental or intentional.
On July 27, the band released a statement on their Facebook page saying that they had decided not to perform on the Summer Slaughter tour in the wake of Lowe's passing, and that they needed time to recover from the loss of their friend.
Dig Deep and Lee Foral's departure (2016–2017)[edit | edit source]
On October 29, the band streamed the new track "Lost in the Static" and also announced a tour starting on November 5 in San Diego, being followed by The Faceless, Rings of Saturn and Toothgrinder. On New Years Day 2016, the band announced their new album Dig Deep, which was released on February 19, 2016.
In June 2016, Lee Foral announced his departure to focus on his family.
On December 3, 2016, Adrian Oropeza was announced as a full-time After the Burial member after the year of touring with them.
Evergreen (2018–present)[edit | edit source]
On May 1, 2018, lead guitarist Trent Hafdahl announced on Instagram that the band had begun work on their sixth album. On July 20, recording wrapped up.
On February 2, 2019, the band revealed that they would be shooting a music video for a song off the upcoming album the following weekend. On February 26, they released the music video for the album's first song "Behold the Crown" and also announced that their sixth album Evergreen would be released on April 19, 2019.
After the Burial opened up for As I Lay Dying on their "Shaped by Fire" tour with Emmure in the fall of 2019. After the Burial, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil, and Undeath supported The Black Dahlia Murder on their tour "Up From the Sewer" in the summer of 2021.
In spring 2022, the band went on a tour with Thy Art Is Murder as a co-headliner.
Musical style[edit | edit source]
Members[edit | edit source]
|Forging a Future Self||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
EPs[edit | edit source]
|This Life Is All We Have||
Singles[edit | edit source]
|2011||"Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You"||In Dreams|
|2013||"A Wolf Amongst Ravens"||Wolves Within|
|"Of Fearful Men"|
|2015||"Lost in the Static"||Dig Deep|
|2019||"Behold the Crown"||Evergreen|
Music videos[edit | edit source]
|"Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You"||2011||Scott Hansen||In Dreams|
|"A Wolf Amongst Ravens"||2014||Anthony Dubois||Wolves Within|
|"Lost in the Static"||2016||—||Dig Deep|
|"Behold the Crown"||2019||Erez Bader||Evergreen|