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Between The Buried And Me


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.11 | 463 ratings

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5 stars Between the Buried and Me are an incredibly talented group of musicians, and they showcase this throughout the hour and four minutes of Colors.

The mellow piano opening quickly escalates into the intense, heavy, riffy, complex Decade of Statues with barely a hesitation between the two tracks. The rest of the album continues in this manner, playing through as an hour-long song, rather than the 8 individual titles on the back of the album booklet.

Colors is full of incredibly complex riffs, ridiculous time signatures (passages without the same time signature for more than a measure are quite common), and absolutely virtuosic musicianship on everyone's part. The songs build, release, and travel through many different styles (all the while still sounding unquestionably like Between the Buried and Me). Blake Richardson's drums are fill-heavy, switching time signatures and tempos without so much as a hiccup. The guitars intertwine seamlessly, creating a very solid wall of sound, backed by Dan Brigg's fantastic bass skills, and complemented by Tommy Rogers' very listenable screams and smooth clean tones.

Not afraid to push the boundaries and just do what they want, there are a few passages that exemplify the playful nature of the band. For example, in Sun of Nothing, there is a section that sounds like it's taunting children, and there's a ho-down sort of part in Ants of the Sky. It makes for a very interesting listen that just doesn't get old. It's complex enough so you still hear things that you didn't know were there on the tenth listen.

The bass solo in Viridian is something different, and very cool.

And, just as gently as it led you in, the album builds up to a glorious melodic crescendo in the final song, before resolving quite nicely, and ending with a very fitting piano outro.

I can listen to this album five times in a row and still not be bored of it. Then, after you've finally listened to it so many times you think you know it by heart, try playing it. There is so much hidden in every track that you miss by just listening to it. It's definitely one of my favorite albums by what is unquestionably my favorite band EVER.

dan_awesome | 5/5 |


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