Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (lead vocals, keyboards), Paul Waggoner (guitars, backing vocals), Dustie Waring (guitars), Dan Briggs (bass, keyboards), and Blake Richardson (drums).
Their debut eponymous album was released through Lifeforce Records in 2002, shifting to Victory Records for subsequent releases until 2011. Signing to Metal Blade in 2011, Between the Buried and Me released their first extended play, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues in 2011 and its full-length follow-up The Parallax II: Future Sequence the following year. Their eighth studio album, Coma Ecliptic, was released in 2015.
Colors is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, released on September 18, 2007 through Victory Records. The group brought out many different influences within the structure of the songs featured on the album. Some of these influences are not even derivative of extreme metal. Examples include jazz, acoustic pop, arena rock, and bluegrass. The album’s sound was described by the band as “adult contemporary progressive death metal”. Although separated in 8 tracks, Colors gives the impression of one continuous song, with transitions between each part.
Foam Born [A] The Backtrack—-Beautifully introduced with a forlorn piano melody and sad voice, I am immediately taken in by the construction. The vocal melodies are breath taking…the progressive feel of the music is almost epic. With many different interludes and styles included in each song, to say this release is a journey would be understated. Aggressive at times….stark and beautiful in others…..I am beyond impressed.
(B) The Decade Of Statues—-With the brilliance only displayed by this band, we wonder if we are even listening to the same record. With huge riffs…aggressive and intense guitars….crashing drums and a death knoll from another age, this is literally brilliant. The huge sound comes at you like an intense tidal wave of schizophrenic mood swings…..leaves me on the edge of my seat.
Informal Gluttony—-Slowing things down to a gloomy trudge, the fusion of instruments is just incredible. There are so many influences here. At times the song has a huge Indian flare to the music…with swirls of instruments riding over the top f the pounding kick drum and the electricity of the guitars. The vocal is the same aggressive style as the previous track…leaving you panting for breath as things are amped back up to the highest degree. This is an incredible journey.The middle break in the song in intense as hell…..I love this.
Son Of Nothing—-Just as quickly as we were introduced, we seem to magically move into a new ‘act’ led by the drums and the aggressive vocal delivery that makes you shake your head and wonder where all of these ideas and construction come from. This is brutally delivered…with classic Florida style guitar squeals and an unforgiving tempo to the pace of it all. This is pretty epic. Just when you are steeled into the brutality…you get a surprise interlude that sets you off your pace…..amazing. So many amazing bits to this song…you can’t possibly get it all at once…this is to be savored and treasured.It magically all becomes beautiful again!!!!
Ants Of The Sky—-And again….we are off and running. There is little distinction between the songs…but each one has numerous mood swings and types of music. The guitars here are delivered at the onset in a pure Metal delivery…with the galloping pace reverberating through your spine…suddenly you have breaks and different melodies occurring all at once…leaving you wonder where this is all going to end up…..you go in and out of the journey….with detours and sidetracks…but you are always brought back home. This is incredible.
Prequel To The Sequel—-Beginning with a huge progressive feel that makes me thing of Yes, this has a pace to it that is so damn pleasant. This is definitely the personification of Progressive….the music literally weaves it self around you as you fall into the groove of the song that comes at you from all sides. The vocal re-emerges….in the aggressive Death yell that is consistent throughout the release…but it all fit together in an almost perfect fashion. This is just so good. I hate to say I have owned this release for at least 10 years and never gave it a listen…that is what happens when you collect…so many great bands never get the attention they deserve from your ears. My favorite track from this release!
Viridian—-Beginning so quiet that the sound almost sounds like silence as the song begins to take shape with an intricate acoustic guitar and beautiful keyboards. Stark…naked and incredibly beautiful……such diversity with this band.
White Walls—-Returning to full form to lead us out of the release, the aggression is in full force and blistering in delivery. The different vocal styles always leave you guessing as to what is coming next….a true sign of a great band. I can’t say enough good things about this band or this release….truly a masterpiece to be listened to and savored over and over again.
***** out of 5