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Album Review

Somewhat of an anomaly on the otherwise more conservative, pop-punk and hardcore oriented Victory Records label, Between the Buried and Me play a progressive style of extreme metal that attempts to incorporate a wide range of styles and moods alongside its staple diet of death and power metal. To their credit, with Colors, they manage the transitions very well: frenetic, thrashy riffs are seamlessly traded for thumping metalcore breakdowns, while death grunts and growls sit well alongside soft melodic vocal lines and dense, Porcupine Tree-aping harmonies. Opener "Foam Born, Pt. A: The Backtrack" marries sappy '70s rock piano schlock with furious tapped guitar textures, flowing seamlessly into the aggressive death metal riffing of "Foam Born, Pt. B: The Decade of Statues" and centerpiece "Informal Gluttony." Each of the eight tracks is designed to flow into the next, creating the impression of a continuously evolving piece rather than a collection of tracks, but it's a mixed bag musically. At times the creativity and emotional lure of the material is enchanting, but too often Between the Buried and Me force a constant stream of evolving riffs (it is primarily a guitarist's album) instead of exploring the full depth of the original idea. The effect is less of continuous evolution, than a constant stream of promising and half-baked ideas, and in this instance the color of monotony is rarely too far away.

Customer Reviews

A Masterpiece of the 21st Century

This is the epitome of BTBAM. I've never been into any of the "extreme metal" genres, but these guys blew me away. From beginning to end this album is great, not including a single filler song. If you read the iTunes album review then you have a pretty good idea of what this album is going to be. The music constantly changes in and out from very diverse genres and each song blends into the next. It's got just about everything; rock, death metal, jazz, screaming, singing, bass solo, endless guitar solos, and even a little polka (Prequel). If you listen to this album from beginning to end you will understand the true talent of these musicians. BTBAM is no typical 21st century metal band. They are true artists. Some may even go as far to say together they are a mark of TRUE GENIUS.

Best album of the 21st century. Hands down.

This is an absolute masterpiece. Words can't describe how amazing this album is. This album puts tears In my eyes. It's beautiful in every way possible. This bands deserves more attention.


This CD is godly all the way through. Best Prog/Metal album ever! Adam Holm, I am gonna come through the screen on you! Wish we still had the no button.. I'd spam you 324872398472 times. But yes, this CD is legendary from beginning to end. Perfection. Absolutely stunning, beautiful, creative, original, and addicting. Purchase at your own risk.. You'll be addicted!


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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