Since 2005, San Antonio's Upon A Burning Body
has been bringing their ferocious metal concoctions to the masses. From frenetic solos to groovy riffs, Upon A Burning Body has taken the best of the death core and groove metal subgenres and made something entirely their own. Although the music speaks for itself, with the band twice landing on the Billboard 200, Upon A Burning Body might be best known for a publicity stunt where they claimed their lead singer had disappeared (much to the sadness of their more-gullible fans and label execs). But now they're back to set things right, and hopefully make everyone forget about the hoax gone wrong. Vocalist Danny Leal summons a mysterious beast with his disturbingly violent vocals, a guttural growl. Unlike a lot of bands with similar sounds, Leal manages to make each line growled intelligible, so listeners get the full intent of the music with no need to look at a lyric video just to figure out what he is screaming. With a name like Upon A Burning Body, you already know this stuff is going to be dark, and Leal makes certain that we realize this is not a band you want to mess with. The four-piece has recently expanded on their harder sound, adding in some cleaner vocals and cinematic flourishes -- a great risk that has paid off in a big way. Fans of deathcore, melodic metal, and plain old new metal will be impressed at both the risky experimental stuff, and the brutal heaviness of the live show. Live, these four Texans do not hold back. Expect crowd surfing fans, lots of interaction with the audience, and fun, rowdy metal.