American metalcore-slowly-turned-progressive-metal band Between The Buried And Me has dropped the latest track from their upcoming album, Coma Ecliptic. It’s become the most anticipated albums of the year in our camp, and it’s safe to say that metalheads around the globe are experiencing the same sort of collective emotional mix of apprehension and excitement in our wait for the album.
Today, the band proved that we really have no reason anymore to be worried: their new track, “The Coma Machine,” is as fantastic a slice of progressive metal as any of their previous works. Coming in about a month after the release of their first track from Coma Ecliptic, titled “Memory Palace,” this is also their first music video in support of the album. Check it out after the jump.
If you’re in the northern hemisphere like most of you who read this site, then you’re no doubt enjoying the benefits of natural seasonal changes as the nightmare that was winter 2015 has given way to a beautiful spring. And if you’re in the southern hemisphere — particularly if you’re in Australia, as many of our readers are — you’re almost certainly feeling the relief of more tolerable temperatures as your summer has given way to fall and is quickly approaching winter. Either way, all over the world we’re entering the magical time of year known as Festival Season. Many of the biggest and best bands in the world (and leagues of smaller ones as well) are preparing to set out for various tours and huge outdoor festivals that will attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. The global festival circuit has become so huge and varied though that it can be nearly impossible to know where even to start if you’re looking to travel to one.
We’re here to help! Obviously there are far too many metal festivals around the world for us to provide anywhere near a comprehensive list, but we asked our staff to highlight a few festivals on 3 continents — North America, Europe, and Australia (apologies to the rest of the world as we only have so many staff members from different places). Check them all out below!
We’re about two months out from the release of the new Between the Buried and Me record Coma Ecliptic, and the anticipation grows by the day. Longtime fans seem to be divided around the band’s decidedly more melodic and progressive direction for album number seven but naturally around these parts, we’re stoked on leading single “Memory Palace.”
The latest cog in the Coma Ecliptic hype machine comes from Billboard, who have premiered an excerpt from the Making Of DVD wherein frontman Tommy Rogers explains the Twilight Zone-inspired concept of a man who enters a coma in order to revisit his past lives in search for something better. You can watch the video after the jump.
Last weekend was New England’s riff-heavy showcase, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XVII in Worcester, Massachusetts. Several bands brought on-stage devastation for three days (unfortunately, photographer Mark Valentino was only available for two). Contained below the cut, we have a short review of the day as well as dozens of stunning photographs of the bands dominating The Palladium in Worcester.
Within the realm of progressive metal, North Carolina’s Between the Buried and Me have been one of the biggest and most widely-influential names in the game for the past decade. Their propensities for gigantic and thematic albums paired with unpredictable genre-hopping has undoubtedly left a huge mark on younger bands who are now heavily populating the prog, metalcore, and even djent scenes. Now on the cusp of releasing their seventh LP, Coma Ecliptic, the band is finding their footing as a staple in the genre and is planning on delivering yet another concept album worthy of the classic 70s groups that gave birth to the style. I had a chance to speak with guitarist and founding member Paul Waggoner about the new record, how difficult it is planning sets, musical inspirations, and much more!
We’ve written a lot about Intronaut over the past couple weeks, and why wouldn’t we? They’re one of the best progressive metal bands on the scene today, and we are chomping at the bit to hear their new album. They’ve been hard at work writing new tunes which they’re currently laying down to tape in the studio , and lucky for us, they played one of those new songs on Monday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim opening for Meshuggah. Surprisingly good fan-filmed footage of the song can be viewed after the jump, and hold onto your pants, because it rules.
While concept albums are almost a staple of progressive metal, most bands only commit to that idea lyrically and not musically. It used to be more common in the older days of the genre with bands like Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation, but it’s admittedly difficult to write music that can be developed over the course of an entire album as a single piece. Enter Native Construct, a group of students from the Berklee College of music (just like Dream Theater). Spearheaded by guitarist Myles Yang, Quiet World is their debut, and it manages to not only have great individual tracks, but those tracks also come together and flow with each other with masterful ease. Spanning many genres, boasting a style of composition both classical and metal, Quiet World is an instant prog metal classic.
The long-awaited and heavily chronicled news from Symphony X is finally here. The masters of power-prog, around since the late 90’s, are delivering a new album later this year, and the time has come for several announcements relating to the album to be made.
Rejoice, fellow mortals! The progressive masters at Between the Buried and Me have deigned the hour appropriate for the release of the first track from the upcoming album, ‘Memory Palace’. Coma Ecliptic is due on July 7th and this is our first taste of the new direction the band has been promising.
So, it is with great fear and trepidation that I clicked play on this track and I have to tell you this: every single expectation I had has been shattered and exceeded. Simply put, this track is amazing from first second to last. Head on over the jump right now to listen to it for yourself.
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