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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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Everything is Permitted

Say goodbye to everything else to used to listen to. This album will be stuck in your head for years.

Reminiscent of Colors

While each of Between the Buried and Me's releases have been outstanding in their own right, none moved me like colors did upon my first listen of it. The Great Misdirect was a refreshing progression from it, and Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues was a technical metal masterpiece (that I wish was hours long). Parallax II takes styles from each previous release reaching back to the early days before Colors to release a truly beautiful piece of music.

Upon first listening to Parallax II I was initially disappointed that it hardly sounded like Hypersleep Dialogues, but I quickly got over that and accepted that BTBAM doesn't release the same album twice. This record is full of beautiful crescendoing choruses and a general musical cohesiveness that leads to an album that might just dethrone Colors as their reigning masterpiece. This is a fantastic album that is without a doubt my favorite BTBAM release. Buy 4 copies. Or 19

Another masterpiece

After Parallax I, I had a great feeling for II and it does not disappoint. It builds on all the good from the last album. Completely worth the $ for the amount of music on this alone. Personally I like albums that I can play in their entirety as Parallax is. I want music that evokes some type of emotion, that I can admire the writing, & the skill of the musicians. When an album has all that I buy it and ends up in permanent collection. Highly recommended.....


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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