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Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues CD (album) cover


Between The Buried And Me


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.83 | 90 ratings

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4 stars Best Effort Yet from Standard Bearers of Prog Metalcore

Between the Buried and Me is a no-longer precocious band that has slowly added more and more progressive elements to their core metalcore sound. On their signature album, COLORS, the band showed massive promise but their execution fell short of their laudible ambition. On PARALLAX, the band has made a huge step forward in creating coherent musical compositions while retaining their signature genre-hopping and alternating clean and -core vocal style. After COLORS, I never intended to buy another BtBaM album. However, after hearing PARALLAX in its entirely during a radio promotion, I was very pleasantly surprised. I decided to give the band another try, and I'm glad I did. Still not a fan of the barking metalcore vocal style, I really enjoy the proggy elements of this album, which blend so much better than they did previously.

Aside from the vocals, the band has moved away from the metalcore style to a more straightforward extreme / prog approach. The drumming is much better, with a greater sense of nuance, and significantly less reliance on blast beats. The guitars have absorbed some of the prog/black sixteenth note ideas, along with the sweeping and lead techniques that have been present all along. Lead vocalist Tommy Giles Rogers has much greater control and variety when using the clean parts of his instrument. There are a few fun surprises such as well placed robotic vocals, a circus-y swing section, and some jazz-influence guitar chords. Again, the big change is that where on COLORS, the band seemed to hop from style to style in a taped together manner, now the song sections relate and move from one to another musically. Though still covering alot of territory, the band doesn't seem to be scattered all over the map.

The short EP length is probably a benefit when dealing with such intense music. For a workout, this would be great - intense but with plenty of interest for even a prog glutton like myself. Highly recommended for anyone interested in trying out this band.

Negoba | 4/5 |


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