Friday, September 21, 2012

Artist of the Day: Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me have been veering further and further from metalcore into the depths of progressive with each album. This decision has caused much division within their fanbase: many cry foul at the group's newfound melodic emphasis, while others respect the group for the drastic changes they've made in their musical career. Both positions are completely understandable; the two styles the group has been playing with over the last decade don't always go well together, and so many of the metalheads have left the crowd - however, even more admirers have entered the picture, progressive junkies that love to see a talented act with such veritable influences.

The group's latest offering channels Pink Floyd vibes in its most intimate moments, however hidden by a gruff  metalcore exterior. One remarkable thing about BTBAM is how much they've progressed in terms of songwriting, and their last couple of releases have shown this. While Colors was impressively ambitious, it didn't always flow well. However, with the few tracks released on The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues a more vivid picture came into focus, that of a progressive metalcore group having a blast, but alongside logical songwriting decisions. While the EP's tracks were all fairly lengthy, each moment was necessary to establish the musical statement the group had in mind.

With Between the Buried and Me's new full-length, the "Parallax" concept is explored more thoroughly. The Parallax II: Future Sequence, coming out October 9, is an exciting amalgamation of Alaska-esque heavier stylings with soaring progressive melodies. Picture what Dream Theater accomplished with Metropolis Pt. 2 translated into a more brutal lens, and it's easier to imagine what exactly the new album consists of. Check out "Telos" here, the first released song off the album:

What I've heard off the new album has excited me greatly, and I've got to say that it's refreshing to hear Between the Buried and Me venturing into territory they haven't thoroughly explored yet. The Parallax II: Future Sequence is one hell of a statement, and will be sure to change the realm of progressive metal when it drops on October 9. 

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