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Between The Buried And Me

‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence’

[Metal Blade Records]

The Prog Metal warriors, Between the Buried and Me return with a dominating new full length, ‘The Parallax II: Future Sequence‘, in which they truly came, saw and conquered, yet again.

The LP starts off with ‘Goodbye to Everything’, a subtle introduction, acoustic guitars, clean vocals with harmonies, a very peaceful start. This isn’t something they have often done before, but it has you wondering what else is to be expected. Soon enough, we’re back on track with ‘Astral Body‘ which has a more familiar shredy-prog metal feel about it; with soaring clean vocals over some amazing melodic guitar work, this is the definition of what Progressive Metal is. It’s intricately written, and performed by these virtuosos.

The Parallax II: Future Sequence‘, has a very ‘Astro Physics’ feel about it, with space aged synth patterns delicately placed in-between thunderous arpeggio riffs. The album is filled with tiny interludes where they drift off into jazz rhythms or an odd clean section, even strange retro computer game style sounds in the midst of growled vocals and pure shred action.

The album is varied in song styles, there are some shorter ones which remain instrumental and melodic, and there are the thunderous tracks such as ‘Silent Flight Parliament‘ and ‘Lay Your Ghosts to Rest‘.

Between the Buried and Me have returned with a great album and potentially one of the best of the year. It slightly different perspective with a somewhat concept feel about it. Not many stand out bands these days in Progressive Metal, but who needs others anyway when there is BTBAM, they more than fill the void. They do Prog Metal so well, there’s no need real to elaborate. Between The Buried And Me are just masters of their craft. All those years listening to bands like Dream Theater has rubbed off on them, with a development of spell bounding musicianship displayed through this album.

Words: Arif Noor