On This Week in Reviews, we look at three brand new albums and a DVD guaranteed to get attention. We’ll do the rundown after the jump.
Tag Archive: Between The Buried and Me
With the release of their celebrated 2008 release Colors Live — wherein the band performed what many still consider to be their magnum opus Colors in its entirety — North Carolina’s progressive metal trendsetters Between the Buried and Me set in place the expectation of a “full experience” when it comes to albums and their impending touring cycles. It is now no longer as acceptable in the metal realm for a record to be a mere collection of songs; an album needs to be a holistic experience with recurring themes, motifs, and emotions. Of course, BTBAM weren’t the first band to take to performing full albums during live shows — prog rock bands have been doing that for decades — but they did reinvigorate a movement of technical showmanship, conceptual songwriting, and consistent live performances that permeated throughout the metal scene.
White Arms Of Athena have wrapped up album sessions and are preparing to drop their much-anticipated sophomore album White Arms Of Athena this December via Prosthetic Records. Recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, the record promises to be a departure from the Between the Buried and Me / Cynic hybrid and instead picks up on some heavy atmospheric sludge influence — perhaps leaning slightly towards doom in terms of “psychedelic” aesthetic instead of jazz fusion. While the group haven’t gone all post-metal on us, you can all expect their sophomore album to change things up quite a bit.
From Glass Casket to Trioscapes and Orbs, members of Between the Buried and Me are always working on fascinating side projects. Singer and keyboardist Tommy (Giles) Rogers is no exception with his 2011 solo project Pulse. A preview of the follow-up to that record after the jump.
A few weeks ago, we clued you in on a little band called Verse Vica. Blending death metal and progressive in a refreshingly crisp way, the band echo heavy Between the Buried and Me influences but manage to make the staple style their own. You can now see if the band lives up to the hype, by streaming the full album. Head on over the jump for the link!
It could be a ticket stub, it could be a guitar, it could be a t-shirt or CD or Vinyl, but if you look around you, chances are you have a Most Prized Metal Possession. Some of ours after the jump.
If you’re a Between the Buried and Me superfan like myself, you likely already know that frontman Tommy Rogers’ new solo album Modern Noise (to be released under the Thomas Giles moniker) is complete and is pending release from Metal Blade Records. Rogers evidenced as much by posting a shot of him spinning his Modern Noise vinyl (!!!) test pressing on Twitter. It’s only a matter of time before we get to hear some new music and some solid details like a release date, and the press hype has begun as Rogers teases some new material.
In case you weren’t aware of recent developments, Between the Buried and Me have descended upon Fidelitorium Recordings in their home state of North Carolina to record a live performance of their latest opus The Parallax II: Future Sequence in its entirety. Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium has the honor of being Metal Blade Record’s first ever Blu-ray release, and it’ll be out next week. Ahead of release, the band have shared a first look at Live at the Fidelitorium in the form of a full playthrough of ‘Extremophile Elite.‘ Walk into a certain state of entertainment after the jump.