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Album Review

Enjoying their newfound freedom on Metal Blade, Between the Buried and Me recorded The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues as the first of two conceptual records. It’s a short one, but even with a 30-minute running time, the EP cobbles together enough intricate twists and turns that it feels massive, and each of the three songs is an epic journey in precision. The concept plays out like a compact version of what System of a Down did on their Mezmerize/Hypnotize suite, combining wild signatures, scales, drastic genre shifts from one minute to the next, and syrupy vocals that erupt into roars. More than three songs of this caliber would be exhausting, so an intermission to break up this prog-metal opera feels necessary. Rogers, Waggoner, Waring, Briggs, and Richardson are at the top of their game, and couldn’t seem much more adventurous on their instruments as they interweave virtuoso parts that barely seem humanly possible. Meanwhile, David Bottrill’s dynamic production (his credits include King Crimson and Dream Theater) is perfectly suited, and only enhances the band’s ever-intensifying talents.

Customer Reviews

great but wanting more

the sound seems to be expanding, and getting harder.
this album is great but i am left with a wanting for more.

They're back!

Great EP, short though and wish they would have released an LP instead. Liking the new clean vocals, and the contrasting of soft vs. extremely heavy, it just jumps out at you. Blake Richardson still amazes me, solid as ever!


Everytime Between the buried and me release new material, I always begin with the concern that 'there simply is no way they can top their last release.' While the great misdirect was incredible, I did find a few songs to drag on at parts, allowing my mind to unintentionally wander away from the maelstrom of sound that was about to be forced into my unexpecting ears.

The Hypersleep Dialogues is the begininning of something incredible; there might only be three tracks but they are focused, intentional and highly entertaining. That last word is key; entertaining: I have in the past found BTBAM to always be an interesting listen, always aware of the technical insanity taking place, appreciating the sweeps and the shreds, but lacking direction and idea. These few tracks do not drag their heels in the mud of redundancy, they push forward and remain cohesive.

Consider the track "Augmentation to Rebirth;" ignore the incredible riffage storm that takes place near the start, and it will come back and punch you in the face as a new form later on. The musical transition which takes place around 7:50 feels natural, but consider the fact that it just came off the tip of a spastic series of strums, chugs, growls and some of the most astounding drum fills I've ever heard: this is special. Hell, there's even some accordion to catch the unsuspecting listener off guard.

I could go on about every song on this EP, but I'll leave that for you to decide.


Formed: 2000 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Between the Buried and Me is a thinking man's hardcore unit hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina. The band began in 2000 after the dissolution of vocalist Tommy Rogers and guitarist Paul Waggoner's previous group, Prayer for Cleansing. Rogers and Waggoner completed their new lineup with the addition of guitarist Nick Fletcher, bassist Jason King (ex-Azazel), and drummer Mark Castillo, formerly of Bury Your Dead. An eponymous debut soon appeared, issued through the German indie Lifeforce, and the...
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