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COLORS

Between The Buried And Me

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.99 | 276 ratings

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topofsm
5 stars This album deserves to be heard by every fan of progressive metal at least once. Even if some may not enjoy it, they deserve to hear this excellent example of creativity and innovation in metal.

Colors is an album that is a little over an hour long that deserves to be listened to in its entirety. There are 8 separate songs, each contributing a huge part to the whole. In each song the listener will be assaulted with agressive, loud metal, with sort of a mix between death metal and metalcore (not deathcore). At any given point in the album, the band will suddenly take the extreme noise in a completely different direction, from jazz to middle eastern to latin. In any event, whoever is familiar with this album has to admit that Between The Buried and Me has a wonderful ability to write beautiful melodies, and are not just one of many standard metal bands who only make noisy songs and only occasionally slow it down for a ballad.

Every song is a highlight in this album, and each has its own personality. From the melodic opener "The Backtrack", to the desert-evoking "Informal Gluttony", to the ever changing "Ants of the Sky", this album is full of personality. Not only do most of the tracks contain interesting and creative non-popular music styles, but the diversity of the actual metal portions is intriguing as well. Tracks like "Ants of the Sky" and "White Walls" are definetely a more extreme variety of metal, but have been compared with power metal because of their melodic chords behind the rapid drums and the growls. "The Decade of Statues" contains a great section that will remind the listener of any great technical thrash bands like Meshuggah with excellent syncopated bass drums and guitar runs. And of course, there's your standard death metal and metalcore dispersed throughout the album that the band is so well known for.

Overall, this album is not only a testimony that metal can be eclectic or creative, but also brutal and technical while being emotional at the same time. It contains elements of music that often appear together, but never before all at once. This album is essential for any prog metal fan, and any fan of progressive music should hear this wonderful example of creativity.

topofsm | 5/5 |

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