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THE SILENT CIRCUS

Between The Buried And Me

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.57 | 101 ratings

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Drakk
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 synthesizers are added to the mix for an interesting, almost sinister feel to some of the songs, rather than just angry. The experimentation and addition of styles makes for a unique album, especially amongst the rest of their "scene", in this case, Metalcore. The softer, even placid passages are added to the extremely heavy mix of the music, and while the changes in the songs can seem rather drastic, and I admit, they are, they add a certain cohesiveness to the album.

But, don't take the fact that they added synths, accoustic passages and softer sections to their music as an indicator that this is for everyone, as it is decidedly not. This is a very heavy, agressive and angy sounding album. There are some killer jazzy guitars, accoustic guitars and layered synthesizers in this album, but first and foremost a progressive metal album, or more specifically "Extreme Progressive Metal". The lyrics are very dark and fit the music perfectly, though most, including myself would be lucky to understand a large portion of them without the lyrics in front of you. The vocals are harsh, abrasive and could easily put anyone off to the music.

All in all, a solid album, by a developing band. With this album's release, the band's ermerging maturity begins to show, and the attempts to do something unique and interesting against a background of cookie cutter metal bands. Musicianship is top notch, and the whole album flows very well. The last track even has a bit of humor added to it, to show, at least the band can avoid taking itself too seriously.

3.5 Stars

Drakk | 4/5 |

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