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Album Review

Between the Buried and Me's forward-thinking musical agenda was already well established by the release of third album, Alaska (their second for Victory Records), but it's questionable whether their complex creative vision had yet coalesced in such stunningly satisfying fashion. Come to think of it, there is no argument. Perhaps it was the frustratingly continuous membership turnover that marred those past near-misses, because although there was no telling as of yet that the quintet responsible for Alaska would in fact go on to embody BTBAM's definitive lineup, in retrospect, it's quite obvious why they meshed here, and then stuck together. On Alaska, BTBAM's hardcore foundation definitively assumed the role of springboard for their wilder, cross-genre experimentation, often involving gentle passages composed of elegiac acoustic guitar work, flowing basslines, jazzy percussion, and surprisingly timid vocals, all wrapped in a gauze of soothing synthesizers. Opening statement "All Bodies" and, later, "Backwards Marathon" beautifully exemplify these contrasts, riding the very extremes of possible hard/soft delivery and instrumentation as they follow their winding treasure maps to the X that marks the spot. "Medicine Wheel" is all evanescent bliss, and the deceptively named "Laser Speed" goes all bossa nova, while "The Primer" begins like vintage melodic power metal before unveiling its savage side, and another eye-opening number, "Selkies: The Endless Obsession," resembles a new millennium reconstruction of Rush: from the "Tom Sawyer"-winking synth intro to the circular riff contortions that precede the ensuing thrash-out to the gentle interruption that rebuilds gradually like Opeth meeting Dream Theater. And despite all these daring investigations, Between the Buried and Me could still convulse, shudder, and retch along with the best mathcore practitioners out there — the serpentine cataclysm of a title track, "Roboturner," and others prove as much — making Alaska about as well-balanced as anything this emotionally schizophrenic and musically eclectic group could possibly be. Between the Buried and Me had never flown higher and would probably never fly this high again.

Customer Reviews

YES!

Between the Buried and Me have always been one of my favorite bands and Alaska is a great place to start if you have little known about them. If your low on cash, then just buy Selkies: the Endless Obsession. that alone with get you far. Then get the album after the first 5 seconds of Selkies.

Alaska

Excellent album by an excellent group of musicians. BTBAM have done it again and this time they've finally found a niche with a more prog sound than their first two records. Colors may have turned them into full fledged Prog Metallists but i think Alaska is truly where they started experimenting. If you're just starting to get into BTBAM then i'd suggest you'd pick this one up first because it's the best of both their sounds combined.

WTHHIB to INEAN

...That's the feeling I had when introduced to BTBAM..."Where the hell have I been" to "I need every album now!"
Unbelievable musicianship. Progressive, hard, beautiful. I bought Parallax 2 and the beauty continues. These guys deserve HUGE status.

Biography

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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