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DethMaiden 11-15-2007 05:25 AM

Between the Buried and Me -- Colors
 
[SIZE="4"][B]Between the Buried and Me- [I]Colors[/I] (Victory Records)[/B][/SIZE]

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Formerly metalcore with a touch of a prog, Between the Buried and Me have released their magnum opus, [I]Colors[/I], an album which makes it doubtless that they are now a prog band with a touch of metalcore.

Over eight tracks, sixty-four minutes, and a trillion time and style changes, they paint an abstract concept album for the listener about the world, told in furious vignettes. From opening piano ballad "Foam Born: The Backtrack" to seizure-inducing fourteen minute closer "White Walls", the record passes through every imaginable movement and genre and does so without ever seeming forced a la THE HUMAN ABSTRACT or, God forbid I say it, OPETH. The playing is incredibly technical, without going off the deep end into self-indulgence. Hell, there's only a couple true guitar solos in the whole affair.

The harsh vocals still run that RED CHORD-BLACK DAHLIA MURDER spectrum of screamy death growls, but Tommy Rogers' clean vocals are reminiscent of pretty-throated singers like Jon Anderson and James LaBrie, but unlike those two, with a healthy dosage of balls.

This album has done for some old curmudgeony progsters what OPETH did for them around the time [I]Still Life[/I] came out. It has showed them that not all "extreme metal" is just violence-condoning, Satan-hailing guttural nonsense (although I do enjoy a good bit of this as well). Probably the first truly "crossover" metalcore band to reach a non-scenester audience, BTBAM have made use of their skills and made a prog album that will stand the test of time.

SomewhereInTime72 11-15-2007 12:12 PM

How dare you compare Jon Anderson to James LaBrie.

DethMaiden 11-15-2007 01:10 PM

[QUOTE=SomewhereInTime72;172589]How dare you compare Jon Anderson to James LaBrie.[/QUOTE]

You're right, LaBrie is worlds better :tongue:

ADD 11-15-2007 02:33 PM

[QUOTE=DethMaiden;172592]You're right, LaBrie is worlds better :tongue:[/QUOTE]

I don't know any Jon Anderson besides the Sportscenter anchor, but I'm pretty confident that he's better than LaBrie. I'd rather listen to Justin Timberlake's vocals over his :hecho:

Aside from that, yes [I]Colors[/I] is indeed a prog masterpiece. [I]Alaska[/I] was great, this one's even better. One of the defining modern metal albums because it is the first of its kind to truly bridge the gap between metalcore/modern metal and classic progressive rock/metal. With plenty that goes under "Unclassifiable" as well (the end of "Ants From The Sky" :drool: :bowdown: ).

DethMaiden 11-15-2007 03:33 PM

[QUOTE=ADD;172596]I don't know any Jon Anderson besides the Sportscenter anchor, but I'm pretty confident that he's better than LaBrie. I'd rather listen to Justin Timberlake's vocals over his :hecho:

Aside from that, yes [I]Colors[/I] is indeed a prog masterpiece. [I]Alaska[/I] was great, this one's even better. One of the defining modern metal albums because it is the first of its kind to truly bridge the gap between metalcore/modern metal and classic progressive rock/metal. With plenty that goes under "Unclassifiable" as well (the end of "Ants From The Sky" :drool: :bowdown: ).[/QUOTE]

Jon Anderson sings on the classic Yes albums. And I just don't dig his voice all that much.

And Colors rules way too much.

zgodt 12-18-2007 11:04 AM

"Prequel to the Sequel" is [I]tres [/I]badass. Especially the little Cirque du Soleil-style breakdown in the middle. :D


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