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Between The Buried And Me

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3.56 | 123 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lost Perfection - a) Coulrophobia (4:13)
2. Lost Perfection - b) Anablephobia (3:01)
3. Camilla Rhodes (4:49)
4. Mordecai (5:48)
5. Reaction (2:01)
6. Shevanel Take 2 (3:14)
7. Ad A DGLGMUT (7:38)
8. Destructo Spin (4:46)
9. Aesthetic (3:45)
10. The Need for Repetition (13:39) *

Total Time 52:54

* Song ends at 6:17, a hidden track entitled "The Man Land" begins at 11:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Tommy Rogers / vocals, keyboards
- Paul Waggoner / lead & rhythm guitars, vocals
- Nick Fletcher / rhythm guitar
- Jason King / bass
- Mark Castillo / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Drew Tyndell

CD Victory Records ‎- VR210 (2003, US)

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Silent Circus ratings distribution

(123 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars Although their debut album was already a very progressive form of metalcore, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME really upped their game on their second release THE SILENT CIRCUS. Part of this was in the drumming duty exchange of percussionists as Will Goodyear parted ways and Mark Castillo joined the noisefest, but the biggest change is in the inclusion of various other metal and non-metal styles to the mix. On this one there are unexpected outbursts of all types of bizarre contrasting genres that can last for a few seconds (like marching band drumming) or go off into a whole lengthy sequence (such as atmospheric indie rock). If that wasn't enough the music just seems more extreme and the songwriting is better as well although i personally find the debut eponymous release to be of fairly high quality in the songwriting as well, it's just that the band managed to find new ways to spice up the music and make the tracks stand on their own unlike the debut where the formula became a tad repetitive by the time the end neared.

This is the typically progressive metalcore that BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME delivers on all their earlier albums but with more weirdness than the debut. There are moments of extreme metal riffs that have the most messed up time sigs possible, moments of the bass slinking up and down the scales like a possessed caterpillar from hell and Tommy Rogers screams like an alien is bursting out of his stomach. This is really as extreme as this type of metal can get and that's exactly why i like it so much! While upon first listen this may sound like the typical metalcore with a few tricks and gimmicky trinkets thrown in for good measure, the band manages to create a huge variety of riff attacks, bass lines, drum rolls and screaming frenzies with various genre hopping escapes into clean vocal alternative metal, atmospheric space prog reminding me a bit of Porcupine Tree with bluesy melodic guitar solos and then can hop, skip and jump into extreme mathcore such as by headache masters Psyopus.

A giant leap in their technique proved BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME weren't just your run of the mill extreme metal band. They display all the fury and energetic prowess of the most hardcore bands in the biz but they equally show off their love of progressive rock and pull it off with ease, both in playing the prog and metal simultaneously and apart. All these meanderings keep the album from getting stale and one dimensional throughout the entire ten tracks. While the tracks can seem jittery and ever changing, the final track "The Need For Repetition" offers a nice groove metal type of riff that repeats and casts a hypnotic spell. One of the things i dislike about this album is that it has one of those annoying pointless hidden tracks after track ten and several minutes of silence which is basically just a rant with some thrash metal and a guitar solo backing up the riffs. Not as good as later albums like "Colors" but still an excellent album for those who like their metalcore decorated with nice proggy frosting.

Latest members reviews

4 stars With an already great album to boot, Between The Buried and Me were already on their way to progressive greatness. It is now that we see them truly experimenting in the field that they sown from their first album and truly solidified their role as an awesome progressive metal band. The Silent Ci ... (read more)

Report this review (#2779691) | Posted by Dapper~Blueberries | Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Now we're talkin'... Here, BtBaM take a somewhat drastic turn from their first release. This is definately a Progressive album, though one that shows room for improvement. However, what they did do to improve their style, they did right. Gone are the unchanging "Wall of sound" songs, and s ... (read more)

Report this review (#141011) | Posted by Drakk | Saturday, September 29, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Between the Buried and Me's second album, The Silent Circus finds them maturing into a more experimental/artistic version of an extreme metal band. This album builds on the technical intensity and diversity of mood found on their first album. The lineup on this album contains only chief song ... (read more)

Report this review (#120739) | Posted by jmcdaniel_ee | Friday, May 4, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars this is one of the best metal bands i ever discovered. I was watching an underground metal program and they did a segment on the new metal bands coming out and the video for mordecai blew me away. Beware though this is definitely METAL influenced in the songwriting aspect by prog. The musician ... (read more)

Report this review (#115084) | Posted by Yontar | Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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