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Between The Buried And Me


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.83 | 93 ratings

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4 stars This makes me happy. I've been a fan of Between the Buried and Me since their inception. I've followed them since their choppy, incoherent compositions up to their most recent album "The Great Misdirect" where their compositions starting becoming actual songs.

This EP, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues", is fantastic. It shows tremendous growth in their ability to write coherent, well arranged music. Gone is the randomness of their earlier material; everything here just... flows. If you liked their albums before this then you'll definitely like this. Besides their growing compositional skills, not much has changed in their sound; it's still heavy, there is still beauty among the harshness, the sung vocals still soar, etc. Another thing that is different on this EP is a new psychedelic element that I don't remember BTBAM using before, and they use it to great effect; not too much, but not too sparsely. There are also a bit more orchestral-type elements added (strings, horns). The second track, "Augment of Rebirth", includes a Frederik Thordendal-esque guitar-solo, but unfortunately this is the one track that still has some of the randomness of "Ants of the Sky" from BTBAM's album Colors (but fortunately, I'm comparing two great tracks to each other). The last track, "Lunar Wilderness", includes great jazz fusion elements in the vein of Exivious, but ends with the what I call the trademark BTBAM "sounds-of-victory" album ending.

One thing I've noticed about BTBAM is that each of their releases tries a little bit of something new, and if it works well, the following release will display that "something new" in full force. Being that this is just an EP, and every bit of it works so well, their next full album is definitely going to be immensely strong and interesting.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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