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Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA in 2000

Originally formed in 2000 by members of Prayer For Cleansing, Between the Buried and Me play an unpredictable combination of countless styles, generally centering around an extremely complex variety of metalcore with death metal influences. Their constantly shifting song structures and tight musicianship have combined with intense agression and remarkable variety to gain them a noteworthy following. Their style of extreme metal was introduced on their debut album in 2002 and began to gain increased attention with 2003's The Silent Circus. The aftermath of this release saw drastic lineup shifts in the band, with only vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers and guitarist Paul Waggoner remaining from their previous lineup. The group's new cast of musicians included Glass Casket guitarist Dusty Warring and drummer Blake Richardson, as well as bassist Dan Briggs, recording and releasing Alaska in 2005 to critical acclaim.

In 2006, the band released an album comprising of bands that influenced Between the Buried and Me.

Their 2007 release, Colors, was also released to much critical acclaim and saw most of the metalcore/hardcore influence in their sound done away with.

The band also released their first ever DVD in 2008, Colors_Live, a live DVD featuring the whole of the album Colors played from beginning to end.

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3.00 | 86 ratings
Between The Buried And Me
2002
3.58 | 106 ratings
The Silent Circus
2003
3.59 | 156 ratings
Alaska
2005
2.91 | 79 ratings
The Anatomy Of...
2006
4.08 | 405 ratings
Colors
2007
4.05 | 304 ratings
The Great Misdirect
2009
4.22 | 317 ratings
The Parallax II - Future Sequence
2012
3.96 | 302 ratings
Coma Ecliptic
2015
3.78 | 86 ratings
Automata I
2018
3.92 | 122 ratings
Automata II
2018

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 8 ratings
Coma Ecliptic: Live
2017

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.36 | 47 ratings
Colors LIVE
2008
3.94 | 18 ratings
Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium
2014

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 8 ratings
Best Of
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Snapshot
2013

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
2001
3.86 | 106 ratings
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / Vertical Beta 461
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Tank / Rapid Calm - Split Single with The Dear Hunter
2018

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 The Parallax II - Future Sequence by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.22 | 317 ratings

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The Parallax II - Future Sequence
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

5 stars Between The Buried And Me went off the grid!!! Parallax II is such an intense and packed album that your head kinda hurts after listening it, if it wasn't because of the short interludes this album would be a nightmare to listen to! Anyways, there's some fat tracks in this album and those are the ones I'm going to talk about. Lay Your Ghosts To Rest is a very fast paced song with a pompous chorus and pretty comical instrumental sections, very fun to listen to (although the part where Tommy starts screaming over and over again makes my ears hurt). Extremophile Elite is that one track in every prog metal album that has middle-east influence, it has a pretty weird chorus. Telos is probably the best track of the album, very balanced, very cool, very awesome! The middle section is without a doubt the standout of the album. Melting City is a very repetitive track with a syncopated chorus and a chill middle section. Silent Flight Parliament is the epic of the album, it's pretty predictable and you can guess from a thousand miles that it's going to have an epic ending, still an amazing track whatsoever. Really like this record, but I recommend to listen it from beginning to end. Five Stars for me!
 Colors by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.08 | 405 ratings

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Colors
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars - Review #4 -

Between The Buried And Me's fourth album, Colors, blew everyone's mind, for the good or the bad. Colors is considered by many (including me) as Between The Buried And Me's breakthrough album. It was in this record when they really started to show their claws and proclaimed themselves as the most innovative progressive metal band since Dream Theater. It isn't really an easy title to obtain, and their three previous prove that: Good, but not astonishing or incredible in anyway. Still, you could tell this band had a lot of potential. And Colors came to prove that they, indeed, had a lot of potential.

With a very wide musical spectrum, you could tell each member of this band wanted to show they could do absolutely anything within progressive metal. From metal core, to progressive rock, to indo-prog, to progressive metal, to gospel rock... the list almost endlessly goes on. And since we're talking about Between The Buried And Me, musical execution and technicality is top notch.

The album is made out of eight tracks, although the continuity and flow between the make them feel like a one hour song. While there's songs like The Backtrack and Viridian that serve as bridges between tracks, some others like Sun Of Nothing, Ants Of The Sky, Prequel To The Sequel and the closer White Walls have the whole band doing their best to impress everyone with the dynamism and complexity of each of those tracks, and I must say they truly achieved it.

This album can be a tough nut to digest, specially if you're not into growls. If you are, however, then get ready for some of the most impressive music you will ever hear. I will give this album a very well deserved five star rating. Colors is Between The Buried And Me's first grand work.

 The Parallax II - Future Sequence by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.22 | 317 ratings

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The Parallax II - Future Sequence
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars - Review #1 -

I decided that my first review on this site would be for my favorite progressive metal album since Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt. II, an album that I will probably review very soon.

I must say that this album requires quite an extravagant taste. It's not necessarily too melodic or light to be considered progressive rock, or too smashing and brutal to be considered Death or Black Metal. It's in a point in between, combing properties and characteristics of these genres instead. And I must say the last time I saw a band manage such perfect balance, it was with Opeth's Ghost Reveries.

This album's main technique is to saturate you with thousands of time signatures and technical passages before you can even process them. This can be tedious for those who don't enjoy musicians showing off, but for those that do, it's heaven on earth. Between The Buried And Me's capability of merging these complex sections that stay for most of the album with growls and clean vocals is also something worth respecting, so big props to Tommy Rogers. Musicality is truly on point and at certain times, close to unmatched, with all five musicians delivering their notes with perfect synchrony in a truly delightful way.

There's five main juggernauts that pretty much sum up what this album's all about: Lay Your Ghosts To Rest, Extremophile Elite, Telos, Melting City and Silent Flight Parliament There's three minor tracks that work as smaller juggernauts, they still pack a punch: Astral Body, The Black Box and Bloom There's two SFX interludes that work as a break from the juggernauts: Autumn and Parallax Finally, the opener and the closer, the latter one being a reprise, work together as an amazing way to tie-up things together.

However, with all honesty, I recommend that your first impression to this monster of a work is through a full listen. Most Between The Buried And Me albums work that way, in fact. The flow present between tracks is truly admirable.

I easily give this album a five star rating. I truly have always referred to it as a masterpiece.

 The Parallax II - Future Sequence by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.22 | 317 ratings

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The Parallax II - Future Sequence
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars A masterpiece of progressive metal. No doubt!

Songs like Lay Your Ghosts To Rest showcase Between The Buried And Me's technical side. Extremophile Elite showcases Between The Buried And Me exploring middle-east sounding music near the end. Telos is a brutally heavy and dynamic track that will blow you off your seat. Melting City has amazing melodic sections and guitar solos. Finally, Silent Flight Parliament is an epic track that closes the album amazingly, my favorite from this work!

Musicality is flawless, as you would expect from Between The Buried And Me, and the vocals are amazing by how they go from soft and beautiful to dark and heavy, it adds dynamic to the album.

Five Stars!

 Colors by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.08 | 405 ratings

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Colors
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars One of BTBAM's many masterpieces. Colors has everything. From growls and metalcore screams to melodic guitar solos and beautiful chorus sections. Songs like Ants Of The Sky prove that BTBAM can do anything within the Prog Metal world, Sun Of Nothing has an amazing chorus and verses and White Walls has an amazing ending for this great album. Every musician highly contributed to this progressive metalcore work and I can safely say this is a must for anyone who enjoys progressive metal. Five stars, no doubt! Truly a creative work that will surprise you in many ways, must check it out.
 The Great Misdirect by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 304 ratings

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The Great Misdirect
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Wicket
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4 stars I love how music is such a paradox. Bands, artists and musicians will spend their entire lives trying to break through with one album.

But then once they make that one, singular defining album, the question then becomes "how do you top that"? And frankly, that's harder than the first question.

BTBAM began swimming the cult tech death underground with furious chaotic shredding, growling and mashing of drumsets with the occasional soft parts thrown in between. They started throwing in more of their what would be signature arpeggios in "The Silent Circus" and "Alaska", the latter of which stirred the hype train a bit. But once "Colors" dropped, the whole game had been changed. Hell, "Prequel to the Sequel" landed on Rock Band! Not many really heavy bands can do that.

So of course, when you release game changing material like that, the question is how you top it. But BTBAM decided otherwise, instead saying "We don't have to follow up Colors", we'll just push our sound in different directions, that way no two albums sound the same."

It's a brilliant strategy, albeit one that's rarely successful, but by the time "The Great Misdirect" came out, BTBAM had already established their sound, while still evolving it from album to album (i.e . "Coma Ecliptic"). "Mirrors" is a slow opener, but not like "Color's Backtrack". There's no real buildup, just a slow, plodding melodic tune, but then "Obfuscation" kicks in and so does the headbanging, and while I don't believe this album is really comparable to "Colors", this song in general I find a lot of connections to "Prequel to the Sequel", the closest you could call "hit songs" of their respective albums. It's a roller coaster of a ride, as almost all BTBAM songs are, but the guitar melodies are really pronounced so that you latch onto them like a safety net. Throw in a heavy hitting chorus, a crazy tension building bridge/interlude/face-melting guitar solo/cacophony-of-endless noise section and you've got a heavy hitter of a statement piece.

"Disease, Injury, Madness" and "Fossil Genera" are all right, similarly composed as before, with chaotic sections with repeating motifs with mellow and melodic interludes and bridges in between, with each song bringing a unique "X-factor", the former being a cool blues rock groove towards the end and the latter bringing a haunting circus-esque motif throughout and ending with a haunting and repeating melody on the finishing chorus.

"Desert of Song" is probably the closest BTBAM has ever gotten to an accessible or daresay, even "pop" hit. It begins almost like a cinematic western tune, featuring a very rare vocal spot from guitarist Paul Waggoner, and quite jarring comparing it to the constant thrash and violent furry of "The Silent Circus" just six years prior. Considering the numerous genres they've sampled and teased even just on this album and "Colors", it's a fresh and unique breath of relaxation from the constant barrage on the ear drums, and yet it still sounds familiar, still somehow quintessential BTBAM. A rare progressive tune that is quite catchy and enjoyable, despite it being somewhat melancholy.

"Swim To The Moon" to me is, not just the apex of the album obviously, but it's crowning achievement. Compositionally, it's a brilliantly structured track, with the opening motif also bookending as its closing notes, while also introducing a breakdown motif that's foreshadowed towards the latter end of the song. It's still just as chaotic as any BTBAM song, but the structuring of the verses and bridges just seem a bit more fluid than say "Disease..." and "Fossil Genera". I'm more likely to skip through those two songs to get to the good juicy bits more than I am skipping through "Swim to the Moon".

As always, it's unique party piece is the little samba breakdown/Blake Richardson showcase roughly six and a half minutes in, but even before that, the saturation of noise give it an epic persona, and the chorus melody is one of the most striking and haunting I think in BTBAM's repertoire. It's short, sweet and simple, but once Tommy Rogers breaks through halfway through the song and it fades away to subtle guitar plucking, the aftereffect is intoxicating. Then a banjo style plucking comes in soon after followed by a furious distorted repetition of the motif. This sequence right here is straight head-banging inducing. It's a completely instrumental spot that showcases the entire band at its absolute peak and fury. I love the counterplay between soft and loud dynamics, which work to an astonishing effect, especially on an album like this where generally everything is turned past eleven up to a thousand. This instrumental section takes up near about four of the nearly 18 minute long track, and it's probably one of the best instrumental metal sections I've heard in quite a while.

Once that fades, the heavy breakdown motif returns in an absolutely crushing breakdown (the distortion is so immense I have no idea what chord it is, besides the lowest). A quick little transition leads back into the thematic western-styled acousitc plucking (complete with some bongos) before the chorus returns in all its glory before signing off just as it began, with the same motif the song opened with 18 minutes prior.

It's a phenomenal juggernaut of a track, one of the most complete in BTBAM history, and one of my most favorite "juggernaut" tracks (tracks I personally describe being longer than 15 minutes). Sadly, while I love the song and the rest of this album, this album has to get a 4 star. I understand the need to continue evolving one's sound so as to not be defined and compared to one singular album, but to me it just doesn't have the grandiosity and enough aural catching oddities that littered "Colors" to such an entertaining and refreshing degree. The only real downside song wise is the middle of "Fossil Genera" that gets so lost in the constant barrage of blastbeats and constant dissonant upheaval that it produces headaches quicker than any other section on this album.

That aside, this is still a great album, a must for any fan of "Colors" or any technical metal. There's still plenty of screaming (something some people were a tad annoyed at with "Coma Ecliptic" at times, myself included), but also plenty of great melodic sections to break up the monotonous (at times) onslaught of arpeggiated riffs and furious blastbeats.

 The Parallax II - Future Sequence by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.22 | 317 ratings

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The Parallax II - Future Sequence
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars We have another ambitious release by Between the Buried and me.

The first song has vocals like if it were an Ayreon symphonic track, accentuated by organ in the background, yet another new territory for the band. After this first candy comes the meat, "Astral body" with a heavy dose of brutality. "Lay Your Ghosts to Rest" is incredible versatile, from the poppy melodic part to long growls. The middle section has a march with death-metal vocals but Hammond in the background, then comes a waltz-like clean section. "Extremophile Elite" reminds me of Haken in the clean parts. At one moment, the band utilizes frenetic death metal speed to magically turn into progressive rock realm. Orientally infused guitar can be heard in the latter part of the track. The short "The black box" is the strongest similarity to Haken up to now. "Bloom" is extremely eclectic and complex with soloing by each member, constant changes. "Silent Flight Parliament" is the climax on that album; it has various highs and downs in terms of intensity. I like the combination is growling and clean vocals at the same time, they are really powerful on entire album, rhough.

Overall, this is yet another well executed album by the band that deserves to be stored in the upper echelon of their discography.

 The Great Misdirect by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 304 ratings

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The Great Misdirect
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars This progressive death-metal/metalcore/progressive rock album starts with a light twinging guitar number a la soft Tool. It is mainly a workout for the drummer and the bass guitar player as the guitars stay mellow and don't override them.

"Obfuscation" is a typical fast-paced death-metal number with plenty of technical finesse. Worth mentioning is the mid section with equlibristic drums and rock solo, all pretty irregular. More emotional guitar playing comes in the end. The next track has a reflecting part with differently sung vocals. The ending part has the black metal furiosity and evilness. "Fossil Genera - A Feed From Cloud Mountain" sounds like anything else from the band with jazzy piano, keyboards ad playfuk marching drums. Clean vocals not unsimilar to Haken appear in the at what seems to be the dramatic peak of the track accentuated by using bells and solemn singing. "Desert of song" is an coustic-electric song that is warm but a bit shallow; however good for ears to rest a bit before the final epic track sneaks in. It is epic not only becaue of its length; it has proper development from easy going beginning to the Dream Theater+keyboard instrumental ouverture. Growling/Shrieking only come after three minutes and the rhythm is still closer to progressive metal than death. There are plenty of ideas and keyboards can get quite proficient, too. The final guitar motive is excellent.

The album cements BtBaM leading position in the field of technical death metal and they belong among most ambitious bands in that genre.

 Colors by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.08 | 405 ratings

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Colors
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars Another excellent album by BtBaM, this time as a one long song. Again, we have a heavy album focusing on death- metal/metalcore filled with lighter moments. This time, though, there are even haunting harmonized vocals with raw guitars; they get overriden with growls however, soon ;). This shows band trying to expand their horizon.

The band is at their peak in creating melodic mellow music mixed with brutal deathcore moments. Keyboards are hearable on this album, too, and used effectively but sparsely.

From the very first moment on the album represented by piano lines and gentle vocals, it is clear this is going to be an extraordinary piece of music. The vocals remind me of Jenn Lynne a bit. A pretty unusual for a death-metal/metalcore band. "Informal gluttony" provides world-music seconds with interesting percussions. 4.5 stars round to 5.

 Alaska by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.59 | 156 ratings

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Alaska
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Improved songwriting with already very capable playing skills. Mathcore influences are still very present but veer more towards death-metal. A few instrumentals on the album prove that vocals are just one of the band's weapon. Compositions are getting longer and logically more varied.

"All Bodies" has a good melody and memorable guitar riff. "Selkies..." starts like a Dream-Theater spin-off, heavy and guitar-drums dominant. However, it also shows perfectly clean harmonized vocals and jazz-groove intermezzo. It is one of the highlights on this album as it merges different music styles in a fluid way. "The primer" has a great black-metal touch to metalcore singing and a complex long riff sequence.

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