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The second chapter of Between the Buried and Me’s 2011 conceptual EP has surfaced in the form of the group's sixth studio album. At just less than two minutes, the opening intro, “Goodbye to Everything,” plays like later-day Pink Floyd, with doomy drones buzzing under acoustic guitars and soaring three-part harmonies. It’s not until the following “Astral Body” that we get a sense of how much the band has grown musically since the preceding EP. Over angular arrangements mapped out by drummer Blake Richardson, guitarists Paul Wagoner and Dustie Waring play pointed leads reminiscent of Rush’s 2112. But their attack is harder, and when it's rounded out by Dan Briggs’ bass, the band’s progressive death-metal sound comes to life. When Tommy Giles Rogers squeezes melodic narratives from his banshee-like shrieking, we get a sense of the deity superpowers of the song’s protagonist. The harder and faster “Extremophile Elite” is less progressive and more death metal, especially with sci-fi themes on par with those of The Sword’s Warp Riders. “Silent Flight Parliament” is the standout composition here, with more than 15 minutes of labyrinthine tabulation.

Customer Reviews

Just like a good book.

Just like a good book, I devoured this album for the first listen. I started listening to it late at night and even though I was dead tired I couldn't "put it down".
It's not the easiest album to listen to but if you're looking for something challenging and thought provoking this is the album you should look into.
Just like a good book, I have no doubt I will listen to it a million times and find something new about it with each listen. If it were a book, I have no doubt, it would become one of those dog-eared volumes that I would have to replace.

One of the best technical metal bands of the past 20 years

These guys are incredible- everything from the musicianship to the arrangements is top notch. Incredible how they can take things like European polkas or Latin and jazz influenced rhythms and harmony and incorporate it into their style. Better than the EP, might be their best yet.


Best album of it, you won't be disappointed!


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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The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Between the Buried and Me
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Oct 05, 2012

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