Between the Buried and Me
The Silent Circus


5.0
classic

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 132 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Between The Buried And Me:
Tommy Rogers - Vocals
Mark Castillo/Will Goodyear - Drums
Paul Waggoner - Guitar
Nick Fletcher - Guitar
Jason King - Bass

Track List:
1. Lost Perfection
....a) Coulrophobia
2. b) Anablephobia
3. Camilla Rhodes
4. Mordecai
5. Reaction
6. (Shevanel Part 2)
7. Ad a dglgmut
8. Destructo Spin
9. Aesthetic
10. The Need For Repetition

Bio (from [url]www.lifeforcerecords.com[/url]):
Between The Buried And Me was formed in late fall 2000 by Tommy Rogers (Undying, Prayer For Cleansing), Will Goodyear (The Voids, Prayer For Cleansing) and Paul Waggoner (Undying, Prayer For Cleansing). Writing the music came rather easily since each of the three had plenty of experience and lots of new ideas. Finding two other players with similar interests, however, proved to be much more of a challenge than anticipated. Nick Fletcher (Azazel) joined the group months later and quickly became a strong addition on guitar, but a bass player was nowhere to be found. After months of searching, Jason King (Azazel) joined the band on bass and the five piece was finally complete.

Review:
A little over a year ago, a good friend of mine (and future bandmate) recommended I take a listen to "Sugar Coated Sour" by The Dillinger Escape Plan. The first time I listened to it, I didn't get it. The entire song was all over the place, there was no single tempo to follow. I left it in my music folder for months and moved on. I came back and listened to it again several times, just to attempt to understand. It hit me after a few listens, how great this band was, what they were doing that had not been done before. I went back to my friend and ecstatically asked for more music, any other bands like DEP since I had already got their album. He suggested I listen to Between The Buried And Me's "Mordecai".

This time, it hit me square in the face. This band was amazing; they were not Dillinger, but they were something I had never even heard before that I had desperately needed to hear. I immediately bought the album.

Many of you probably looked at the genres I gave to this band for this album and simply feel that it cannot work. Most of the death metal enthusiasts will insist right off the bat that there can't be emo and death metal, and many emo fans vice versa. The only thing I can possibly do to persuade you is to tell you to listen to the album. BTBAM do all of those genres at different intervals in their songs, and best of all, it works. It sounds nearly impossible in theory, but BTBAM pull it off admirably.

Two parts of "Lost Perfection" start the album off. They are essentially the same beast, and it is a hell of an entrance into the album. It immediately becomes apparent that this band is death metal, and they do it impressively well. Once you make it about a minute in, something happens: the riff is suddenly changed to a hardcore riff, with more lacing notes and palm-muted downstrokes as the vocalist changes his scream accordingly. Near the end of the first track, a simple rock break changes the formula even more. It's essentially a taste of what's to come, and the band goes back into the death metal for the rest of the second song, albeit a scizophrenic sort of death metal that never stays in the same place for long.

"Camilla Rhodes" continues this trend with speed-ups, slow-downs, and assorted brutal riffs. It's difficult to describe, but it works. At the end of "Camilla" a small fade-out breaks way into a short, clean guitar strum between two quick double bass hits as "Mordecai" slams into the speakers. If you did not buy my genre-titling, I advise you to listen to this song immediately. Actually, forget that, if you like any heavy music, listen to this song immediately, because it will change your outlook on everything. "Mordecai" travels from the heaviest death metal, to grindcore, to technical metalcore, all the way to emo, and gracefully segues into (what else) ambience with "Reaction". It's an unbelievable journey taken in two tracks, and has to be heard.

"Reaction" has some ambience and soft singing, and acoustic strumming introduces "(Shevanel Part 2)". If you didn't think emo was possible, this track readily proves you wrong. It's amazing, taking a listen to the other songs and then this one, and thinking of how the band progressed from death metal to emo so easily. Anyway, it is absolutely beautiful and necessary listening. After the last strum, a distorted guitar note weeds its way in and "Ad a dglgmut" breaks through. Back to the unyielding death metal again, and the best part is it's difficult to complain. Once he hits the lyric, "It all makes sense/ We're capable of beauty", everything drops out, and a much more epic riff show itself, with great scale progression and interesting, calm soloing. This moves into a softly sung section over clean guitars, and it begins to feel like this is "Mordecai"s brother, which is not something to complain about. The death metal wins over, and the song ends heavy.

Some synthy beeps bring in "Destructo Spin", which inducts more amazing power. Near the middle, BTBAM prove they are full of surprises with a short, soft sound, followed by pounding and screeching filtered vocals. "Destructo Spin" has an awesome artificial harmonic-filled break, a major-sounding outro, and it's a great changeup again. "Aesthetic" continues the album with an excellent intro riff and some amazing chug breaks, before hitting an outro that feeds into "The Need For Repetition", with an almost breakdown feel. "The Need For Repetition" continues the epic breakdown before some very cool riffs take over, and then a swimming cleaner section ends the album, overcast by noisy guitar. A bonus joke track is not worth noting, but exists nonetheless.

This album is simply amazing. The guitars can handle everything, from artificial harmonics to shredding to intense speedy tremolo picking. The vocals are all over the place, the drums are brutal and unpredictable, the bass is moody... everything is perfect. All the songs shift relentlessly, yet every part is notable and interesting. I am not quick to hand out fives on any album, but this record is most deserving. Buy it, listen to it, love it.

Recommended Tracks: All of them.

Rating: 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shadows
Moderator
November 29th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent. I've only heard a few tracks from this album but they were pretty amazing. These guys and The Red Chord are getting me used to this genre. I will have it very very soon.

Very good review.

SubtleDagger
November 29th 2004


737 Comments


Thanks. Go ahead and check out my Glass Casket review, since you've never heard them.

Shadows
Moderator
November 29th 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I will. If they're as good (or close) to these guys then I'm sure it will be something I could enjoy.

BuddyBigsby
November 29th 2004


531 Comments


Awesome band, great review.

Happymeal
November 29th 2004


330 Comments


I've really only heard Mordecai off this one. I don't want to download it; I'm hoping I can find a cd sometime. Your review makes me want this album more and more.

cbmartinez
November 29th 2004


2525 Comments


Mordecai is so amazing beautiful. I always suggest it to my friends and they give me the "These guys suck. It's all screaming," when their missing out on one of my favortie outros of all time. The whole song is just brilliant. I haven't heard much more from this album besides "Camilla Rhodes" which I liked a lot. Great review.

By the way Subtle, you have the greatest avatar ever. Period.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 29th 2004


2125 Comments


Best album

40 oz 2 freedom
November 29th 2004


96 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]Awesome band, great review.[/QUOTE]

Yeah.

One of my favorite metal bands, flawless live.

CommieCanada
November 29th 2004


68 Comments


bad arse live band

Bartender
Emeritus
November 29th 2004


826 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The first song I heard by these guys was Mordecai. Half of it was very good, and half of it wasn't. And oddly enough, it was the death metal part that wasn't. That pretty much sums up my experience of the band in general.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 29th 2004


106 Comments


I saw them on some commercial, i didn't like them.

Nice review though.

SubtleDagger
November 29th 2004


737 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]The first song I heard by these guys was Mordecai. Half of it was very good, and half of it wasn't. And oddly enough, it was the death metal part that wasn't. That pretty much sums up my experience of the band in general.[/QUOTE]
Actually, I think they do fantastic death metal parts, which is why this got a five.

Hell, "Destructo Spin" is all death metal and it kills.

Bartender
Emeritus
November 30th 2004


826 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well I gather that you like it. Just pointing out that I don't particularly.

Luxor
November 30th 2004


166 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]I saw them on some commercial, i didn't like them.

Nice review though.[/QUOTE]
They were on a commercial? :amaze:

They're awesome, this is a good album. Also put on an amazing show.

Dancin' Man
November 30th 2004


719 Comments


/is buying album now.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 30th 2004


106 Comments


They were on a commercial?


I think it was a commercial during headbangers ball or something.

Zappa
November 30th 2004


355 Comments


I dislike this album.

BuddyBigsby
November 30th 2004


531 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]I think it was a commercial during headbangers ball or something.[/QUOTE]

It was probably one of the promo commercials Victory records does where they preview like two of their bands.

The Depressed
November 30th 2004


10 Comments


Hmmm, I don't actually think that the melodic parts work with the death parts at all on this album. They sound very forced, which is highly unfortunate considering the melodic parts are the best on this album. Especially Ad a dglgmut and Mordecai.

And why oh why did they have to ruin that amazing secret track with the bollocks vocals? That's a rocking chord progression with fantastic soloing over it, but they have some smeg 'singing' over it and ruining it completely.

NewKindofArmy03
November 30th 2004


26 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]It was probably one of the promo commercials Victory records does where they preview like two of their bands.[/QUOTE]
It was a mortal combat rip-off commercial that had like 12 of their bands.

I like this band, but I don't have much stuff by them.



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