The men of Between The Buried and Me have done it again. This North Carolina based band has once again bent the needle of the metal community, crafting what can only be described as one of the most intriguing and bizarre metal records of the year. The follow-up to the band’s 2011 LP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, continues the band’s tradition of taking that proverbial road less traveled, making it largely unlike any other band out there.
The Parallax II: Future Sequence takes the best elements of Lamb of God, Nevermore, Dream Theater, and The Devin Townsend Project to make an album that is an original, hands down. The album’s opener, ‘Goodbye To Everything’ is the first strike showing how much BTBAM has grown since its split with Victory records. With its ethereal, almost Pink Floyd style sound, it sets the stage for what’s to come. The band follows that up with an equally interesting piece in the form of ‘Astral Body.’ The best way to describe this song is a mish-mash of Dream Theater and Lamb of God. That’s one heck of a combination. But it’s also one that any true open minded member of the Metal Nation will appreciate. Things get really interesting on the album’s third track, ‘Lay Your Ghosts To Rest.’ This is where the obvious Devin Townsend influence begins to come in to play. Note it’s where the influence begins. As with the album’s first two songs, the various prog influences are infused throughout this record’s twelve tracks. And while the songs on this record may not be the shortest, anyone real fan or anyone with a long enough attention span will come to appreciate the finer detail of each song. The band’s members show on every track that they aren’t just metal heads, but well trained musicians. By the end of this epic, listeners will have realized that they have experienced something very special, especially for a metal record.
The band is currently wrapping up its tour down under in support of The Parallax II. It will return stateside in the first part of the New Year with a performance in the nation’s capital on February 4th. It will have a semi-hometown show on March 10th when it performs at the Filmore in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fans can get a listing of the band’s tour dates and all the latest news from the band online now at http://www.betweentheburiedandme, http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial, http://twitter.com/btbamofficial, and http://www.youtube.com/btbamofficial.
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