This would be a 5 star except the only thing holding them back are the unremarkable growling vocals, and I happen to be a fan of this style if it’s done right. They just seem so devoid of passion or even fluctuation and just keep droning on. Also, the blast beats are a little overdone in some areas, but other than that, this is a very solid release. The musicianship is amazing, complete with 180 degree turns into different realms including Radiohead, and jazz territories. Alternate vocals reminiscent of early Pink Floyd help add another flavor to the overall feel. Highly recommended for fans of Dillinger Escape Plan or if you are into the new school eclectic prog/punk/metal stuff.
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Between The Buried And Me shocked the whole metal scene when in 2005 they released their monster of an album “Alaska”, two years later, these giants of the prog metal genre are back again.
The record starts off with a gentle piano intro where Tommy sings very nicely, this then leads on to a series of appregios played on the keyboards just to give us a taste of what the record will be like. This then leads on flawlessly to the second part of “Foam Born” which is undoubtedly one of the heaviest tracks on the record. Here BTBAM show off their winning formula of controlled grindcore and 5/4 time signatures.
We then move into “Informal Gluttony” which sets off with an egyptian style guitar lead followed by unusual time signatures to end up in a giant sung chorus of epic proportions.
Then the drums bring us into the “Sun Of Nothing” with some amazing clean vocal parts where Tommy’s deep lyrics reflect the freedom of “floating away”
Without a hint of stopping, BTBAM then launch into “Ants of The Sky” which sets off with an appregio and a thrash metal influenced riff. They then put their signature all over the song for another good 6 minutes before launching into an absolutely stellar sung bridge. The song then ends with a country riff where we can hear sounds very similar to those heard in bars.
Once again with no break, the band pummels into “prequel To The Sequel” with its unusual major key signature riff. Once again, heavy grindcore riffs and odd time signatures follow to end with one of the most epic breakdowns ever written where the guitarist from Fear Before The March Of Flames comes in for guest vocals which only increases the beauty of this song.
After all the relentless riffing, BTBAM allow themselves a pause with “Viridian” where Dan the bass player plays one of the most amazing bass solos ever recorded.
The final track then comes into scene “White Walls”, undoubtedly the best track every written by BTBAM, the whole song is just an amazing mix of all the best riffs that they have ever written. We are then brought to a superb part where Tommy sings extremely well backed up by the whole band, this then blends into the most ferocious breakdown on the record where Tommy screams “We will be remembered for this”. The song then goes on and the record ends on The most amazing outro I have ever heard with an incredible melody and appregios faster than even Herman Li could muster.
Overall this is an incredible record that will please all metal fans as well as simple Music fans.
You know what the problem was? I don’t think most people are ready for the insanity and complexity and progginess that Between the Buried and Me had to offer on this album. I liked Alaska quite a bit, but this seriously blew it out of the damn water like a nuclear cannon. They offer nothing subtle to you, there are no stupid segues into anything, it’s just visceral and insane.
I was actually shocked that enjoyed this album upon first listen, though, I have been quite privy to music like this, as I like Spiral Architect, Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth, Dream Theater, and most other progressive metal and mathcore bands. You probably won’t like this upon first listen, especially if you’re new to material such as this. You have to pay attention and give it a chance, honestly. This isn’t radio friendly, in the least.
Just buy it and listen to it, if for nothing else to expand your horizons.
I have to say that this album is the perfect album. Like the Beatles White Album, and Metallica’s Black Album. We now get the greatest album of them all BTBAM “colors.” Every single song on this album is amazing, and very well put together. I have been listening to BTBAM since Silent Circus, and it seems to me that instead of them becoming more “flowery,” (as someone put on a recent review of the album) I am finding them becoming something more imaginable, intelligent, and put simply just amazing artist. I am stunned by this album, and I can not stop playing it. To give this album anything less than a five is shocking to me. You have to listen to it and understand it’s pure genius. I recommend this album to anyone who respects music, and loves music from a progressive stance. Music is meant to evolve, not sit around like a bunch of retards like some of the most recent songs I hear today. SO give it a shot it’s awesome.
Words cannot describe this cd. BTBAM get better and better with every album. As other reviewers have mentioned, you can definitely hear more progressive influence, but they still keep it heavy and technical. Everyone is at the top of their game on this album. When I first saw that it was only 8 tracks, I was wondering how they could accomplish an album superior to Alaska. I then saw the lengths of the songs and knew they were going to be epic tracks, to the opening piano in “Foam Born: (a) The Backtrack” to the amazing closer and my personal favorite song by BTBAM ever “White Walls”, this album never lets down. There’s so many different influences in this album, and it goes to show that BTBAM are the top of their class. Every album by this band has been amazing, and this is just another one to add to the list.
Album of the year for me.