Written on February 25, 2011 – 8:46 am | by Jaxon Hallahan
Ever dream of having a cute little dog that could blare bits and pieces of music at you when it opened its mouth? Then do I have a video for you!
Now I just have to figure out where to get one for myself…
Clever album teaser aside, what you just heard was tiny fragments of the upcoming Between the Buried and Me EP, “The Parallax: Hyperspace Dialogue.” I have to say that I’m beyond ecstatic for the release, if only to hear where the band takes their sound next. Despite retaining a heavy, usually progressive sound, Between the Buried and Me really likes to mix it up.
Coming from a metalcore-ish background on their first two releases, the self-titled in 2002 and “The Silent Circus” in 2003, Between the Buried and Me began to mix it up with the now classic “Alaska” in 2005, which also marks the first time their current line up recorded together. “Alaska” was a departure from their old sound, moving toward a more progressive direction, with sprawling arrangements and more complex writing. 2006 saw a release of an album full of covers called “The Anatomy Of,” and when 2007 hit, everything changed. As a fan since right before “Alaska” came out, I have to say that 2007′s “Colors” was not only their best record to date, but easily one of my favorite records of all time. Sure, it’s eight tracks that play as one song, but trust me when I say you absolutely need to hear this. Everything about it is perfect, which left fans with one question; how are they going to top that? In 2009, the fans got their answer in the form of “The Great Misdirect,” which retained the heavier aspect of the band, but went off in all types of weird and experimental sections. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they didn’t really like this record because it was “self-indulgent” and “strayed too far from their sound.”
Don’t listen to those people. They are wrong.
So, now you know where the band has been, and you too can ask yourself where Between the Buried and Me are going next! Exciting, I know. Aside from little snips of music, we haven’t gotten much in way of how this next release is going to sound, but I have no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be something very different from anything they’ve done, but still retain that classic vibe about them that screams “WE ARE BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME!”
April 12th on Metal Blade Records. Get pumped.
P.S. The dog wasn’t harmed in the making of this. As a good friend of a few people who know the band personally, they would NEVER condone, nor depict, violence or any cruelty toward animals in any way.
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