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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.

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Another masterpiece...

I have known BTBAM since their inception. I was able to witness one of their first shows in PA in support of their self titled album. There was literally like 15 people in the crowd. I had never heard of them, but I did know and had seen some of the bands the members came from. Needless to say, I was captivated by their performance the first time and have been ever since. The song mordecai blew me away that day.

Since then I have seen them live at least 20 times and witnessed them grow from venues with only 50 or so people to huge shows with thousands in attendance. They are truly a one of a kind act and immensely talented.

Like all great bands do, they continue to re-invent themselves with every release. I have their entire discography, and when I heard the great misdirect I really thought they had reached their pinnacle. Once again, I was wrong and the parallax I is an amazing display of writing and technical mastery. The parallax II is a continuation of the thought and extremely well done. Do not be dismayed by what negative reviews you may read, this is a band for the ages. Sorry for those metal purists that don't want to hear prog mixed in, but BTBAM has always been about pushing the envelope of the genre. Keep up the great work guys!

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A must own in 2012. A beautiful and amazing album from start to finish. Buy it.

The Parallax ||: Future Sequence

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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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