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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 | 99 ratings
Between The Buried And Me
2002
3.54 | 121 ratings
The Silent Circus
2003
3.58 | 177 ratings
Alaska
2005
2.88 | 90 ratings
The Anatomy Of...
2006
4.09 | 446 ratings
Colors
2007
4.05 | 326 ratings
The Great Misdirect
2009
4.21 | 349 ratings
The Parallax II - Future Sequence
2012
3.92 | 329 ratings
Coma Ecliptic
2015
3.75 | 113 ratings
Automata I
2018
3.94 | 145 ratings
Automata II
2018
3.99 | 113 ratings
Colors II
2021

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

3.67 | 12 ratings
Coma Ecliptic: Live
2017
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Great Misdirect Live
2022

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

4.31 | 56 ratings
Colors LIVE
2008
4.08 | 25 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
3.85 | 120 ratings
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / Vertical Beta 461
2016
4.60 | 5 ratings
The Tank / Rapid Calm - Split Single with The Dear Hunter
2018

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3.99 | 113 ratings

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by A Crimson Mellotron
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Between the Buried and Me returned in 2021 with quite an ambitious project - a sequel to their iconic 2007 release 'Colors'. Rightfully titled 'Colors II', this new album features almost eighty minutes of new music, spread across twelve tracks that, of course, form one mammoth piece that should be taken as a whole, just like in the original. Tommy Rogers, Paul Waggoner, Dusty Waring, Dan Briggs and Blake Richardson go all in on a record that had fans romanticizing what this new release would sound like.

The first glimpse of BTBAM's new output is given by the opening track 'Monochrome', a very pleasant song that sets the tone of the album and presents the main musical ideas that will later go on to reappear on several occasions - promising and atmospheric, this 3-minute piece leads to 'The Double Helix of Extinction', a more typical case of Between the Buried and Me going nuts and composing an overly heavy song that is often confusing because of the too many things going on. The prevalent 'wall of sound' that is all over this track somewhat takes a bit of the enjoyment factor of what could have otherwise been a very strong entry, with its memorable riffs and intriguing melodies. 'Revolution in Limbo' sees the band revisit some themes from the original album, while developing further the new ones, 'Fix the Error' stands as the most punk moment for the Raleigh-native band, a great song that features four consecutive drum solos (three of which by guests Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis and Ken Schalk). The 11-minute 'Never Seen/Future Shock' is well-composed, strikingly heavy but slightly prolonged for what it really is, another composition that sees the band noodling a bit too much here and there, and overflooding the sound with a ton of instrumentation going on, occasionally unintelligible.

Two shorter tracks follow which do not necessarily contribute too much to the overall perception one could have of the album after a good listen, just to introduce the nearly 9-minute long 'Bad Habits', a courageous but overplayed composition. 'The Future is Behind Us' is another truly interesting moment on the album (alongside 'Fix the Error'), a song not too typical for the American extreme prog metal titans, with some 80s inclinations and quirky use of the keyboards. The next two songs are just decent, but the problem pertains ? too many things are happening at the same time to the point where the listening experience becomes so self-indulgent that it feels like you are analyzing some sort of mathematical equation; the pure joy and the raw feel are gone, the band engages in some sort of masturbatory instrumental acts that do not aid the sound of the record but act as repellents for the listener who dares to engage with these eighty minutes of music. The epitome of all this is the closing track, the 15-minute 'Human Is Hell (Another One With Love)'. While there are some tremendous musical episodes, beautifully sung lyrics or crushingly good moments of sheer brutality, this feels like the most overdone song on 'Colors II'.

This could have been an absolutely stellar album had it been reduced in half in terms of length; What you get for a two-disc classic album's playtime is a plethora of heavy tones, astonishing drumming, masterful and inventive bass playing, and acute riffage; but all of this often gets lost in the overproduction. The masterminds behind albums like 'Colors', 'The Parallax II', or 'Coma Ecliptic' remain true to their nature by delivering a very technically impressive release, but the feel is entirely stripped down, often leaving the listener cold and confused. 'Colors II' hardly surpasses the majestic nature of its prequel, even of its predecessors in the face of 'Automata', despite the numerous intriguing glimpses of creativity.

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars PROGRESSIVE METALCORE IN FULL COLOR!

As time goes on and the world sallies forth at an ever quickened pace, i have to admit that i like most suffer from a shortened attention span and therefore when i hear about an album that is getting lots of attention that is close to 80 minutes long, i'm a little hesitant to devote so much time to an album that i may or may not like. I could listen to TWO OTHER albums during that same timespan! However when the artist in question is an all time favorite like BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME i feel obligated to check it out especially when the album is somewhat of a sequel of their all time classic "Colors" which was their fourth album and remains their most successful and popular of all.

After a year of grinding to a halt due to the pandemic of 2020, BTBAM had time to reflect on where they had drifted ever since "Colors" hit the scene back in 2007. As it turns out with every subsequent album the band had slowly but surely tamped down the metalcore angst and instead ramped up the progressive rock attributes which while still in fine form seemed to have lost something in the shedding of all those core values that made the band stand out in the first place. Arriving in 2021, the band has released its tenth studio album titled COLORS II which sort of goes back in time and picks up where the first "Colors" left off.

Shockingly for a 21st century extreme metal band BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME has kept the same exact lineup for a very long time and that means that the same musicians who played on the original "Colors" album are back to take things to the next level. These guys have had plenty of time to hone every detail in a glimmering sheen and COLORS II finds the band returning to past glories in surprisingly good form. Guitarist Paul Waggoner has stated that "Colors" was the result of a do or die statement where the band had to [&*!#] or get off the pot that meaning it needed to find its own sound and fast to remain relevant in a crowded metal market. A similar moment of reflection occurred during the pandemic where BTBAM took a moment to see where they had steered their musical vessel in the decade and a half since their lauded breakthrough. The band decided it was time to revisit some long lost moments.

COLORS II was designed to flow like a sequel and in many ways it does just that. The album starts off with a non-metal intro and slowly builds momentum until the jarring metalcore rampages of the past shine through once again and like the previous "Colors" allows non-metal musical genres to intermingle and punctuate the cacophonous din in most unexpected ways. The progressive elements such as time signature changes and extended running times are in full regalia on COLORS II. Three of the eight tracks sally forth beyond the ten minute mark with the final epic "Human Is Hell (Another One With Love) " inching past the 15-minute mark. The stated intent of COLORS II was to create a metal album with an underpinning gospel vibe of all things and although the sounds of gospel are heard from time to time, it would be impossible to discern this motive by listening to the music alone. When all is said and done, this really does sound like the phantom album that followed the original "Colors" that in some alternative universe would have emerged in place of where we experienced "The Great Misdirect."

Usually i avoid so-called comeback sequels like the plague. The track record in the metal world hasn't been too positive for these perceived schemes of reviving past glories for profit's sake. Just a few failed attempts that come to mind are Queenryche's "Operation: Mindcrime II," Alice Cooper's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" and the plethora of bands that "secretly" revisit an older style without blatantly recycling an album title, i.e. Pantera's "Reinventing The Steel" amongst many. However despite my trepidation and hesitancy to finally check out COLORS II, i'm pleasantly surprised that it surpasses any expectations and proves that BTBAM still had plenty of proggy metalcore mojo stored up from the "Colors" era which obviously needed to be expressed and finally 14 years later has come to fruition. It's also not a surprise that BTBAM has a fetish for double dipping into concept albums. After all COLORS II emerges just three years after the two album set for "Automata" and lest we forget the excellent "Parallax" EP and album set.

OK, COLORS II turns out to be no waste of time.

THE GOOD. This is yet another competent album by a band that continues to churn out one innovative and excellent progressive extreme metal album after another. The band shows no sign of burning out and COLORS II allows the unresolved extras of the original "Colors" era to finally emerge. The musicianship is top notch as always and the creativity is firing on all pistons. The band remain absolute masters of juxtaposing everything from jazz funk and polka music to straight on rock with the gnarliest metalcore there is to be heard.

THE BAD. As good as this album is, it does reek of a been here done that before vibe. It's in all regards a retro album but at least BTBAM are mining their own past and not another artist's. There's nothing substantially different from the original "Colors" to really differentiate in the bigger picture save a few new sounds and effects that pop up from time to time. COLORS II at its core is exactly what the title suggests, the second coming. Whether another dose of "Colors" is what scratches the itch or not is a personal decision really but for my tastes COLORS II passes with, well flying COLORS!

Granted almost 80 minutes is a lengthy commitment and will surely prevent many newbies from taking the plunge but for those already indoctrinated into the cult of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, this is yet another release that while not quite living up to its namesake of yore still rises to be a worthy successor.

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Prog Metalists' favorite from Raleigh, NC, Between the Buried and Me are back with another highly acclaimed exposition of their eclectic tastes and ideations.

1. "Monochrome" (3:15) this is is Prog Metal? If so, it's the most benign, simplistic, and melodic metal I've ever heard. 2:20 death metal growls and more djenty guitar rhythm play. Okay, now I feel I'm in the metal jungle. (8.5/10)

2. "The Double Helix of Extinction" (6:16) one minute straight of pure and continuous death metal spew before a human-voiced chorus breaks things up for a few seconds. This is the pattern of this quite monotonous song. Though the instrumental performances are not as constant and metronomic below, they are lost (for me) in the of the turbulence caused by the vocals. I'm sure the vocals have lyrics but, what's the point? Only one mood/emotion could be being expressed by these sounds. Not interested. Even the cutsey electric piano at the end can't sway me: it's all fake. (7.5/10)

3. "Revolution in Limbo" (9:13) more growls open this one but at least it's not constant--which allows me the opportunity to pay attention to the music--which is actually quite varied and interesting here. The PETER NICHOLLS-like voice of the human singer are actually quite good and the music is decent (despite the plastic sound of the drum heads as they are mercilessly beaten--something that I always find quite irritating). I laugh while hearing the two growl voices "duelling" or conversing with one another around the five minute mark--and then the music shifts into a bassa nova! What the! As a non-death metal group of musicians I find their music quite straightforward metal, even familiar and IQ-ish. (17/20)

4. "Fix the Error" (5:01) It's the Ballroom Blitz! At least, that's how this song starts out. Then power chords, soloing underwater bass, and growl vocals follow. Other than the vocals, I feel as if I'm listening to Thin Lizzy--at least until the drum and cowbell solo with underlying talking bass and Baptist organ hits. At 2:30 it starts making fun of itself with what sounds more like some child cartoon/video game music. The next section reminds me of Opeth, but that church organ becomes more prominent again, taking things back into the comical (at least, for me). Nice execution and engineering. (8.5/10)

5. "Never Seen / Future Shock" (11:42) At the 7:00 mark, I can find myself relaxing and engaging with the less abrasive "Future Shock" section--especially since the vocals become human/humane. This is very Porcupine Tree-like--and melodic! Even mixed with some growl vocals, it's tolerable--and the music is nice--with some great lead guitar play going on in the background. Two songs, one I am unable to penetrate and enjoy, the other that I love. The second half would be my favorite song on the album, the first my least. (17.75/20)

6. "Stare into the Abyss" (3:54) opens with gentle piano chords played within a spacey sonicverse. This is nice. Kind of IQ-ish. At 1:37 the metal side of the boys bursts forth, but it's gentler--melodic, even. The singing that ensues is actually very nice--very powerful with long, beautiful notes not unlike --until 3:00 when the djenty guitar riffs and growl vocals take over (multiple tracks, which, I have to admit, are kind of cool!) before the song steps through a sudden door into the next song. A top three song. (9/10)

7. "Prehistory" (3:08) travels instrumentally as if a song by CAST or LINKIN PARK until 1:23 when a kind of carnival music and MC-voice take over. Then, stepping into second metal gear, they start singing in a partialgrowl about Creature Features and the like before falling into third gear around 2:35 for the finish. Not a great song; more like filler. (7.75/10)

8. "Bad Habits" (8:43) organ-foundation to some country-roads-cruisin' prog metal. I could actually see enjoying this one as I drove through the open lands of Nevada with the top down on my convertible. But then things change--as URIAH HEEP-like as the band tries to keep it with that organ and those classic rock guitar riffs, as soon as those machine gun bass drum notes start firing away I feel compelled to hit the ground and yell, "Blood makes the grass grow!" Must be PTSD from too many war movies over the course of my lifetime cuz I've never served in the military. Then the growl vocals take over and I'm dissociating again--what I thought was an innate (natural) human coping mechanism, but this would not help explain all of the humans who are drawn to/even "like" metal music. The more humane vocals here again remind me of one of LINKIN PARK's lead singers: both in tone and style. (17.5/20)

9. "The Future Is Behind Us" (5:22) opens as a fairly simple construct built around a kind of annoying child-toy-like keyboard arpeggi. The human voice vocals, however, help me to stick with it. Again, I'm reminded of a kind of cross between OPETH and IQ for the first 2:15. Then an ART OF NOISE-like bridge leads us into a more stop-and-go/staccato section with growl vocals. (From the band's official video for this song, I'm able to discover for the first time that the vocals--human and otherwise--all come from one singer! I'm impressed!) The walls of sound expand and fill in the fifth and sixth minutes beofre emptying out into a kind of RUSH-like "Tom Sawyer" outro (which bleeds into becoming the intro for the next song). At least this song kept my attention. (8.75/10)

10. "Turbulent" (5:57) from long "Tom Sawyer"-like intro to SAGA "Turn Me Loose" like and then Thomas Dolby/Peter Murphy, we get a real smattering of old sounds and melodies in this one--though still anchored in rapid-fire bass pedal play and occasional bursts of growl vocals. Interesting! A top three song for me. (8.75/10)

11. "Sfumato" (1:09) an instrumental interlude/intro that could have come from any one of several dozen modern prog rock artists. Nice. (4.5/5)

12. "Human Is Hell (Another One with Love)" (15:08) opens with machine gun guitar, bass, and drum riffing before collapsing into a fairly melodic standard 80s metal sound structure. But then the growl vocals enter and everything goes grey/static/white noise. The first five minutes give me very little to hang on to, but then at 4:19 Tommy Rogers' voice turns human and I can finally latch onto something. But, this is short-lived. The next metal section that ensues varies only in the effects used on the lead guitar's rapid-fire riffing. In the seventh minute the music tries to go toward Dick Dale island, but then turns back--until 7:25 when a new meaty rock riff and structure is established--giving way to a little more Math Rock/Crimsonian weave at 7:53--which is then slowed down for some sensitive, spacious whole band interplay. I like this! Vocals (with harmonizing b vox!) join in. Then David Torn-like guitar solos. This is really cool music! At the ten minute mark we switch again, a kind of "Mr. Roboto" keyboard one note bass-line is established over which various unusual computer percussive sounds are woven with keyboard until LINKIN PARK vocal and growls are intermixed, side by side, one over the other, while the rhythm section play with odd syncopations and staccato playing. Overall, an odd song that, for me, puts on display the band members' rock roots and contrasts and melds them with their extreme metal explorations (and preferences?) (26.5/30)

Total Time 78:48

Despite the technical proficiency of this band, I find very little enjoyment from listening to this music. As much as I try, the head-banger supposedly laying latent within me has never emerged. It's even difficult for me to find musics/bands/songs to compare with music like this because my neurological and DNA makeup have been so resistant to picking up the supposed nuances in this music--and the sounds and styles that make each band and song distinctive from one another. All I hear is very competent musicianship, no melody, one rhythm/speed (rapid fire/machine gun), and, of course, due to my learning disability, no message--other than the underlying angst and anger. Sorry! Sometimes I think I should recuse myself from reviewing bands like these because I am so rarely able to find pleasure/enjoyment or connection to their music, but, hey, we're all here to share our opinions--which are inevitably coloured by our likes and dislikes.

B/four stars; an interesting addition to any prog lover's music collection and one that more eclectic, prog metal lovers will certainly enjoy.

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Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Maw The Void

4 stars Between The Buried And Me - Colors II

Between The Buried And Me did it again. This time in a much more old and risky fashion, by making the record a continuation of their most praised album, Colors. In their last albums, Between The Buried And Me seemed to have softened in terms of heaviness, less riff-packed tracks and more melodic approaches, all of this of course while maintaining their variate and fast-paced progressive metal.

In this record, however, the band returns to its brutally complex progressive metal from their Alaska/Colors years. The manic time signatures, breaks and song structures from the first part are encapsulated in a very sophisticated manner. Musicianship is currently some of the best in progressive metal without a doubt. And the flow that the record achieves with its interludes makes it a somewhat easy listen.

Probably their best Parallax II. Will give it five stars.

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Necrotica
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Colors II is a loaded album title if I've ever seen one. 14 years down the line, it seems our friendly neighborhood prog-tech-core-death-etc. band has seen fit to draw from the well of their breakthrough masterwork; and really, why shouldn't they? Colors remains one of the most acclaimed metal albums of the 2000s, practically redefining what it meant to be a progressive metal band going forward. Between the Buried and Me's penchant for creative musical set pieces and genre-bending craziness really hit a stride on the landmark record; however, as with any album that garners that much adoration, there will always be that lingering pressure to top it. But let's be real here: 2021 Between the Buried and Me is quite different from 2007 Between the Buried and Me. So much has changed, whether that be the inclusion of even more off-the-wall avant-garde elements or the growing prominence of vocalist Tommy Giles as a keyboardist. But I think the reason for Colors II being a loaded title is fairly obvious; it's a title intended to cause excitement for fans - especially longtime ones - but that could quickly turn into crushing disappointment if Colors' level of quality isn't at least somewhat met.

On a surface level, Colors II does seem to provide exactly what it should: a highly enjoyable followup to Colors that mirrors it stylistically. The same techy riffs, blazing solos, crazy genre experiments, atmospheric synth excursions, and juxtaposition of clean and growled vocals? they're all still here. And if stuff like that is your criteria for loving the record, I can't blame you. "Monochrome" is a pretty dead giveaway that there will be references to the original album, the song taking on a similar "piano intro to extreme metal" crescendo to "Foam Born A: The Backtrack" which opens Colors. On the other hand, there are a few experiments that really surprised me, as they likely wouldn't have found a place on the original record at all; the hardcore punk elements of "Fix the Error" and random fife-driven folk breaks in "Never Seen/Future Shock" immediately come to mind. Meanwhile, you'll find more familiar territory with songs such as the chugging extreme-yet-melodic approach of "The Double Helix of Extinction" or the "White Walls"-esque rolling drums and complex web of riffs that comprise closer "Human is Hell (Another One With Love)".

The performances, as you'd expect at this point, are fantastic. The members really haven't lost a beat since the original Colors in regards to playing such complex and technical material with grace and confidence. Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring remain a formidable guitar duo, whether it be navigating the crazy rhythm parts of the Dream Theater-esque intro to "Prehistory" or the beautiful - and vaguely jazzy - chords found on "Stare Into the Abyss". Waggoner is particularly noteworthy for some of the striking leads he pulls off on this record, especially in the fantastic? uh, Latin circus section(?) (that's probably the best way I can describe it) at the end of "Revolution in Limbo". And obviously Dan Briggs and Blake Richardson still bring the thunder on the low end of things. However, the member who deserves the most recognition for Colors II is definitely Tommy Giles. He's often the member who garners the most criticism from both fans and detractors, but he sounds so much better here than he did on the original Colors. His growls have stayed largely the same, but you can tell his cleans have come a long way - both in technique and confidence behind the mic. Plus, on songs like "Prehistory" and "Never Seen/Future Shock" his way of hamming up the more theatrical bits is just so fun.

Unfortunately, there's one thing holding Colors II back from the heights of its predecessor, and I think it's a pretty big one. That being: the glue that holds everything together. The original Colors was unapologetic about having wild flights of fancy and not giving a damn what direction the music was going, but there was always some centralized location the music could come back to. And that was usually in the form of a cathartic release, whether it be the beautiful "feed me fear" section of "Informal Gluttony" or the soaring Pachelbel-esque melody that rears its head twice on "Ants of the Sky". Not only were these moments anthemic and memorable, but they were also a great way of ensuring the more technical and crushing sections didn't kill the record's focus. More importantly, the music would have simply become riff salad without these moments of restraint, and that's where Colors II all too often hits a wall. 79 minutes is already a beefy album length to begin with, and there simply isn't enough focus to maintain that runtime. This is particularly felt in "Human is Hell (Another One With Love)", which just meanders on without much of a reason for being 15 damn minutes long. Even the pleasant soft section that builds up the song's conclusion is just kinda? there. Sure, there are a few potentially anthemic moments on the record, such as the "monotonous drought" section from "Revolution in Limbo", but the album really could have benefitted from more of these segments.

With all of that said, I think Colors II can be enjoyed more for its craftsmanship than as an emotional journey. The compositions and diverse arrangements are still a lot of fun and the performances are incredibly solid, but the album often comes off as a jumbled mess when compared to its predecessor; it doesn't help that so many parts mirror that record as well, thus constantly inviting further comparison. But then again, that's what happens when you brand it as a sequel, right? The callbacks were inevitable. However, given a lot of the amazing material that's here, it's just a shame that I don't feel much of anything when listening to it like I did with the original Colors. Still, it's worth a listen for its abundance of great riffs and impressive technical acumen, so don't miss out on it if you've enjoyed Between the Buried and Me's more recent work.

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Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by mneil1968

5 stars It's been a while since I've had a reaction quite like this to a new album.  At this point, 10pm on 8/21/21, I've listened to Fix The Error about 10 times, Revolution In Limbo about 4 times, the entire album twice (while driving or doing yard work), and once all the way through with total undivided attention, reading along with the lyrics.  I've not given this much attention to any album in several years; many reasons for that I'm sure. There have certainly been many worthy subjects for this level of scrutiny in the past several years, but none have affected me this way yet. There's no doubt that the timing is of upmost importance: if  this album dropped in any other time rather than at the (sort of, maybe) tail end of a global pandemic, during which I've had no opportunity to view live music in person for over a year, maybe it would not catch my attention as much.  (Also, there's the fact that I'm supposed to see them live in 6 days; though thanks to COVID I'm prepared for a cancellation.)  There have been a couple of other new releases that I've been enjoyed recently, but nothing has hit me like this. Nothing.

How long has it been since I've gasped at the majesty of what I was hearing for the first time?  For me, that happened in nearly every track, and most pertinently in Double Helix, Revolution in Limbo, Prehistory, Bad Habits, Turbulent, and especially Human is Hell. Really really loved Human Is Hell.  Really, a lot. A large amount. It's amazing.

How long (if ever) has it been since I read along with lyrics that described my inner and outer conflict over the past year and a half so accurately?  It wasn't too difficult to craft a story to fit, even a little, the horror of this time, but this is so miraculous in its execution that I found myself, gasping. At the risk of overstating this (given that I've only listened a few times), the emotional and intellectual responses I had with this album have brought to mind the response I remember when first listening to In The Court of the Crimson King, Close To The Edge, The Wall, or Farewell to Kings.  It certainly reminded me of the excitement that happened with new releases way back in my youth.  It's just wonderful, and I can't wait to see them next week, hopefully?

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Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars Brilliant album! I really wish more progressive metal bands were as creative and innovative as this.

Between The Buried And Me started out as your typical metal-core band, until the release of their most popular record Colors, which had them define their signature sound. So releasing a sequel to the most important album in your career isn't an easy deal.

However I must say that in this occasion they managed to capture perfectly the essence of Colors, whether it is with small motifs for geeks or the over-the-top musicianship that is present in every single one of their records since Colors.

The album is very long and very complex, it's definitely not an easy listen. It has twelve tracks, two clocking at over ten minutes. However Between The Buried And Me's capability of entertaining the listener from beginning to end is top-notch.

Absolutely recommended to any progressive metal fan. Gotta give it five stars.

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

3 stars Imagine if Yes names their new album as "Close To The Edge 2" or "Fragile 2", an insanely bold decision that probably wouldn't pay well. Between The Buried And Me's fourth album was their breakthrough album, and till today it's considered one of their best works, so a sequel to that record only meant that it was going to be a disappointment or it was called like such because they thought it was one of their best records. Turns out it was the latter!

I don't think this is the best album they have made, I still think Parallax II is better, and Colors is better just because it introduced their signature sound. But this is still one of their best works, I would put it at #3. The album, just like most Between The Buried And Me records, has a great sense of continuity all along the album, mostly because it's a concept album.

This record should be listened from start to finish, but some standouts would be Revolution In Limbo, Fix The Error, Bad Habits and the closer Human Is Hell.

4.5 stars, rounded up.

 Colors II by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2021
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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars "I cannot seem to say, Say what I need, They have my tongue, Let's cut it out"

I must say that Between The Buried And Me are one of my favorite modern bands. They're incredibly innovative, inventive, and very professional. Even records like Coma Ecliptic or Automata I & II which were, less praised, we're still incredibly solid. But they have definitely done it here.

Some of my favorite moments of their entire discography are in this album, and the consistency present in it is truly remarkable. The band has come to a very high point of maturity, and it is noticeable in their music. Stuff like Fix The Error's brilliant drum solos, Revolution In Limbo's spanish jam, Bad Habits' breathtaking chorus or The Future Is Now's amazing syncopated accents are truly remarkable.

The album has a constant flow to it so it's important to listen in from start to finish. Five stars, one of their best records without a doubt.

 Colors II by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.99 | 113 ratings

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Colors II
Between The Buried And Me Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars My first impression:

Dream Theater makes an album: Everyone criticizes it for being emotionally dead and for wanking too much. Gets called "more of the same".

Between The Buried And Me makes an album: Everyone calls it a masterpiece even though it wanks as three times as much, has barely any memorable memories and is literally more of the same thing they've been doing for one decade.

Seriously, how do you even listen this record from beginning to end without ignoring how pretentious it is? I don't like bands like Opeth but you can tell from a mile away that their records have an objective, they're not messy and flow very well, the songs are cohesive yet dynamic, and they're not a mindless collection of pieces. And no, BTBAM fans, putting tiny transitions between tracks doesn't make it more cohesive, if anything it makes it look lazy.

Most records by Between The Buried And Me (I despise that band name) are a completely directionless compilation of riffs that the band put together to surprise prog-metal newcomers, but the lack of memorable melodies (which are something Haken, Opeth and Leprous are very capable of making) make this a tedious listen.

The over-the-top wanking gets old really fast and the growls are seriously the worst-sounding growls I have ever heard. The time-signature changes and breakdowns are so common they stop being special or outstanding and instead it ends up feeling like if someone gave you the same soup a hundred times. This band can play, they proved it all the way back in "Alaska" where they were already doing this sort of music, but it was more creative because it was their first that sounded like such, and now all I really want is to see the band make memorable music. But not memorable in a negative way, because I can assure you I will definitely remember this record as the definition of everything I hate in progressive metal.

Not a single second stuck with me, and I listened all SEVENTY EIGHT minutes of it. It was torture! Bands like Haken or Dream Theater may have been doing similar, generic albums recently, but they have wonderful melodies that they perfect merge with technicality, it's a little from everything, and it's very enjoyable. This is not a little from everything, it's everything from something little (and that little is: wanking).

Two Stars because their fans seem to enjoy this somehow. I'm gonna go clean my ears with Haken, be right back.

My second impression:

To be fair, I have found myself enjoying this album a lot. It has grown on me, and have gotten to the point of liking it as much as Parallax II. It is a very hard record to get into but very rewarding. Revolution In Limbo, Fix The Error, Bad Habits, The Future Is Now and Human Is Hell are brilliant tracks.

Thanks to Bryan for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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