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COLORS

Between The Buried And Me

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.99 | 284 ratings

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jmcdaniel_ee
4 stars I've been a big fan for the last few years, so I've waited a while to review this one. It's a very impressive, progressive album. But as far as extreme metal goes, something seems missing. The album abounds with a variety of techniques and styles. A lot of the melodies and themes are more memorable and mature than Alaska or the Silent Circus. As to be expected, musical complexity abounds as well.

Somehow, I still reach for Alaska or the Silent Circus when I need my BtBAM fix. So what do I think is missing? It's hard to pick out, but I think I miss the brutality. Sure, I feel like I got my a$$ handed to me due to their musicianship, but, unlike their previous 2, I don't feel like cowering in a corner and crying for momma due to the extreme nature of the music. Sure there are extreme moments in Colors, but maybe they're too few and far between for my tastes. Maybe the everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink approach with regard to the various musical styles used on this album is also a little too much for me to take.

I think my opinion has everything to do with my previous impression of the band. And that's sad, because I also hate it when bands are put into a strict category and harshly critiqued when they venture out too far. Branching out is not uncommon for this band to do--maybe I just expected more sections of extreme music, for a longer period of time. Most progressive rock fans who don't get into metal will like this album the most. If you like extreme metal, however, you may prefer Alaska or the Silent Circus. My hopes are that they take the new ground they broke with this album and re-incorporate some more brutality. They are one of the most impressive metal bands around (probably my favorite), and definitely a force to be reckoned with regarding progressive music in general. This album isn't bad at all (and did I mention it's SUPER-IMPRESSIVE), but I don't care for it as much as their previous 2. This is still an excellent addition to any prog music collection, especially if you want to know what high-quality, emerging progressive music is nowadays. I gave their previous two 4 stars each. I would guess this would be around a 3.75.

jmcdaniel_ee | 4/5 |

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