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ALASKA

Between The Buried And Me

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.51 | 93 ratings

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DiamondsClarity
4 stars Between the Buried & Me - Alaska

Well, this album may not be as "Proggy" as their newer stuff, but I still find this album great. This is probably one of my favorite albums by them and for any fan that likes this kind of prog, should give it a chance. Now, the highlights of the album are indeed the song Alaska, it is amazing how they jump around time signatures so much. Another song that really stands out is the song, Selkies: The Endless Obsession. This song is filled with progressive elements and shows that they were headed in the right direction. With synths, odd time signatures, the clean ending, all makes this song a wonderful progressive adventure. Definitely my favorite track. Now with the other tracks, there were some fillers, but a lot did grow on me. Other tracks I really enjoyed at first were; Backwards Marathon, All Bodies, The Primer, and Laser Speed. Laser Speed is just awesome. A great acoustic instrumental that anybody should find enjoyable.

Now, onto the rating. 4 stars, why? For music; like I explained earlier, there were some fillers, but they tend to grow on you. But, of course, there were many great songs. For their musicianship; Oh, they are great indeed. Drumming of Blake Richardson is outstanding. His fills are great, and hyperactive. The guitar work and bass work is as well outstanding. Great sweeping, great bass lines. The vocals; ahh, his death growls, just are really unique. I would of liked more clean vocals, but you can tell he is capable of singing clean, as in the song Backwards Marathon, he shows his full capability. Overall, I'd rate this album a 4.5/5 or 4/5.

***** songs- Selkies, Alaska, Backwards Marathon, All Bodies.

**** songs- Laser Speed, The Primer, Medicine Wheel and Autodidact

*** songs- Roboturner, Breathe In Breathe Out, and Croakies and Boatshoes.

DiamondsClarity | 4/5 |

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