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CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Automata I"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2018 von Markus W. in Between The Buried And Me, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, Sumerian Records, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Automata I"

(9/10) Between The Buried And Me started in 2000 and since then the quintet released a few albums, featuring progressive metal that stretches the boarders. 

"Automata I" is the band's newest album, number eight on an impressive list of records that saw the light of day earlier in time and it's the debut for Between The Buried And Me, publishing an album via Sumerian Records.

"Automata" is a two level rocket with the first strike being available in the record stores on March 9th. Simply entitled "Automata I" the album comprises of six new songs, mostly with epical length.

The tunes on this new album are built on a plot that addresses the topic of dreams and the question of what would happen if mankind finds a way to broadcast these dreams for entertainment. The band uses a protagonist to frame the story of transmitting dreams into the open, which is a dark story with a more positive ending.

"Condemned to the Gallows" breaks first ground. The six and a half minutes opener is an impressive piece of music. It shows the entire width of Between The Buries And Me's sound universe. Acoustic guitars create a peaceful atmosphere that's swept with a heavy guitar riff and extreme vocals. The greatness with this tune is the complexity that still comes with a melodic approach. 

The most spot-on track on the album is entitled "House Organ" which is a less than four minutes riff attack that's loud and sinister. After such a blast it's a "Yellow Eyes' that bring back complexity. The song reminds partly of Dream Theater with far more extreme vocals. Like with the opener it's again the interaction of chaotic structures, loudness and calmer moments that create an excellent arc of suspense throughout.

The ten minutes closer is introduced by a short interlude entitled "Gold Distance". The final chapter of this first delivery , "Blot", basically combines all you have heard before. Progressive song structures, heavy riffing, furious leads, hash vocals and harmonic sensitivity create a total that keeps its fascination for more than just one spin.

"Automata I" is an unconventional album, full of ideas and creaticvity, that brings good stuff up to surface. The album keeps a high level of excitement from beginning to end, which makes it to one of the better releases in 2018. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Condemned to the Gallows (6:34)
  2. House Organ (3:41)
  3. Yellow Eyes (8:44)
  4. Millions (4:43)
  5. Gold Distance (1:01)
  6. Blot (10:27)

 

Label: Sumerian Records

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Coma ecliptic"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Between The Buried And Me, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) This is an album that has a real 'wow' factor. "Coma ecliptic" is the seventh longplayer of Raleigh-based Between The Buried And Me and it became a real masterpiece too. Eleven tracks take you on a prog metal journey.

There are quite some things that Between The Buried And Me puts in the suitcase of this journey in order to make a real exciting one. 

Sometimes prog rock is almost made for musicians only. It's about complex song strucutres and so one. BTBAM does the same and take it even to sme math metal at certain moment, but they add elements of catchiness to their tunes too which makes them also diguistable for non-musicians. On top of that the band breaks the clean vocals with some growls/shouts that are based from their own history - something that reflects the metalcore days of singer Tommy Rogers and guitarist Paul Waggoner.

If you haven't heard about the band before you can think about the earlier Opeth. This comes close to what you can expect from BTBAM. Add a bit of math metal and combine it with the catchiness of Dream Theater and you'll get "Coma ecliptic".

And last but not least it's the story the five guys tell on "Coma ecliptic". It's the story about a man, being comatose, that is reflecting on his life. The essence of the story is that you're surrounded by so many beautiful things in life. It's about enjoying those moments instead of satisfying the creed for improvement only.

When it comes to the music I have to say that this longplayer is a kind of sonic movie. The only thing you have to do is to put your earphones on and close your eyes.

A good moment to catch the entire musical spectrum of BTBAM is "King redeem - quuen serene". The tune starts very relaxed. Soulful vocals are a pure pleasure to listen to. After two minutes this almost romantic vibe gets a harsh break. The song turns into a angry one with growls and aggressive guitar riffs. It becomes a real noise orgy that gets more structured chaos towards the end - finished by silent sounds again.

"Coma ecliptic" became a great piece of music that each fan of the above mentioned bands should have checked out. You will like it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Node
  2. The coma machine
  3. Dim ignition
  4. Famine wolf
  5. King redeem - queen serene
  6. Turn into darkness
  7. The ectopic stroll
  8. Rapid calm
  9. Memory place
  10. Option oblivion
  11. Life in velvet

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release date EU: Already released

CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Coma ecliptic"
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New song from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

Veröffentlicht am 9. April 2015 von Markus W. in Between The Buried And Me, Prog Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, News

Progressive metal band Between The Buried And Me have released a brand new song from their upcoming highly anticipated, seventh full-length album "Coma ecliptic" The upcoming album is also now available for pre-order with special bundles and packages offered, including: CD+DVD incl. an exclusive hour long behind the scenes making-of DVD, CD, DLP and two t-shirts. "Coma ecliptic" will be officially released worldwide on July 10th, 2015. Grandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging and more, this album delivers.

"Coma ecliptic" boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Singer Tommy Rogers shares: "Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic."

"Coma ecliptic" was recorded in January and February of 2015 with longtime Between The Buried And Me producer Jamie King at Basement Recordings in North Carolina. Drums and piano were recorded with King and Kris Hilbert at the Fidelitorium. Final mixing and mastering was placed in the capable hands of Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

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CD review THOMAS GILES "Modern noise"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Thomas Giles, Between The Buried And Me, Prog Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) "Modern noise" is an album that isn't that usual for Metal Blade. Thomas Giles, also known as being the singer and keyboard from Between The Buried And Me, is also releasing solo material since 2004. Also on his solo journey Giles is into progressive rock music. The main difference is that he is playing much more relaxed prog rock. While Between The Buried And Me combines metalcore and a massive prog compontent to something special, Giles solo focusses more on post-rock with a progressive approach.

Compared to the last album, where the talented musicans basically recorded everything himself, he recorded "Modern noise" together with some other mates. 

The music of Giles contains sphereful sound collages that remind party to Pink Floyd, like e.g. "The devil net". It is a very silent song that builds on keyboard sounds and samples that create an exciting soundscape. The title track, which is the closer, is another quite tune that has a huge chill factor. It sounds almost like lounge music.

For the ones of you that start the get nervous by reading this I also can assure you that there are the harder tracks too. An example is hypnotic "Mulitlated world". This is real prog rock, eventhough it never touches 'metal'. One of the heaviest songs on "Modern noise" is "Siphon of bad blood". The verse is pretty releaxed the verse but also reflects the heavy side of Giles in the chorus. In general I have to say that if you're looking for real hard stuff you should stick the main band of the singer. 

And Giles has the song with the most unusual title - "lkcvjvhljbvj≥˜∆˚nnnjmkjijm". No idea what it means, but the track itself is another highlight on the album. In case someone knows what it means, feel free to put it in the comments box.

"Modern noise" became an excellent album which I really like. And I also think that it was wise that Giles doesn't try to push this part of his musical creativity into Between The Buried And Me, but release it under his own name. If you're looking for a well done modern post-rock album, than you found it here and now.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Wise and silent
  2. Multilated world
  3. Siphon the bad blood
  4. I appear disappear
  5. Blueberry queen
  6. We wander lonely
  7. M3
  8. lkcvjvhljbvj≥˜∆˚nnnjmkjijm
  9. Noise upon
  10. Wander drug
  11. The devil net
  12. Modern noise

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Prog Rock

CD review THOMAS GILES "Modern noise"
Photo: Brandon Gable

Photo: Brandon Gable

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