Between the Buried and Me
Colors


2.0
poor

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
September 25th, 2007 | 520 replies | 31,444 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shitty, pretentious, and incoherent, this is a pathetic excuse for a metal record.

41 of 110 thought this review was well written

Hype is a big thing in music. Most bands like to generate hype around their new record, to make the album sell a lot of copies in advance due to pre-orders and the like. Between the Buried and Me did the same thing with their new release, Colors. Hyped as the next best thing in metal, the best album released this year, and whatnot, jawdropping musicianship, all the superlatives were used to describe the band. But on the whole, this is a completely unjustified decision.

Which is because this album is, for a lack of a better word, absolutely mind-boggingly terrible. I don't know what the members were on, it must have been some bad mix of crack and heroine, but hardly is this the best album of the year. In fact, it may just be the worst. Let's start with what people praise the most about this band: musicianship. There is no doubt at least three of the band members have super skill with their instruments (I'm talking about both guitarists and the drummer). They churn out many many complex riffs and drum patterns. But what they seem to forget that for an album to be good, the songs must be coherent and they must fit together.

This is not the case on this album. It's been hailed as one giant song, but that makes more of a mess of it than it already was. In fact, the only reason it could be called a giant song is because there are no borderlines on any musical themes or melodies or riffs that are repeated and break up the album into pieces. It's just one big meandering endless collection of riffs, melodies, and more, occasionally drifting off into useless circus interludes, polka breaks, and more quotations that do not at all fit with the sound of the album. It just never, ever seems to end and there is no bit where you can say "they were consistently good" during the album.

Furthermore for every good riff there are ten bad ones on the album. For every good musical idea, there are 20 ***ty ones. Between the Buried and Me seem like they're onto something with the intro of Prequel to the Sequel, with some nice good chugging and fierce drums. But they then suddenly wander off into a variety of musical directions, each of them more aimless than the previous, and never do they come back to the brilliant beginning of the song. It's like this, 8 TIMES OVER. Every song has a 30 second highlight and the rest is filler, or even worse, absolute bull***. Most of it actually sounds like the cast-offs from a drunken Meshuggah jam session.

If you thought Between the Buried and Me wasn't bad enough instrumentally, don't get an earful of the vocals. Tommy Rogers needs to be fired from the band, PRONTO. His harsh vocals are weak and hoarse and can never cut it. They lack fire, inspiration, meaning, they don't serve as a contrast or an augmentation of anything, he just spits out lyrics without any passion or love. It all just never comes together and he really ruins whatever good instrumental parts there are left going on in the background.

His clean voice isn't much better. He has an annoying high falsetto warble, which reminds me of Steven Wilson, but with less honesty, skill and soul and more autotune. He never sounds authentic or real or organic: they processed or effected each and every of his clean vocal lines to make it sound better in some way. This absolutely disgusts me because if you can't sing, at least be honest about it and don't pretend you can by just Protooling or using other electronical effects to cover up for the inadequacies of your voice.

This album is therefore probably the most criminal waste of talent I have ever seen. It has no direction or purpose. It has no aim, no feel, no meaning, and it is so haphazardly thrown together that it becomes an utterly pretentious work of bile in the end. The fact one indulges in technicality and complexity doesn't excuse that person from immunity to write a good, coherent song. Between the Buried and Me need to learn that lesson, and hire a new singer and write some good, coherent pieces of music next time. The worst part actually is that they are probably able to do it.



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Altmer
September 25th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

BRING ON THE NEGS

BallsToTheWall
September 25th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dont like this band either but I dont think it deserves a 1. Far too technical and well put to be a 1. I'd give this album a 2.5 after hearing most of the songs and not exactly jamming along.

Otisbum
September 25th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review, but you already know 95% of everyone will disagree with it.

Still, nice review. :thumb:

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice knowing you.

Digging: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days Of Abandon

Kiran
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



5992 Comments


BURN HIM.

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



3743 Comments


oh no u didnt

Yyy
September 25th 2007



289 Comments


You don't need that first 'because' in the fifth paragraph. Your usage of commas and paragraph breaks are pretty awkward too.This Message Edited On 09.25.07

kalkal50
September 25th 2007



2386 Comments


This still doesn't justify a 1. To me it just seems you want attention.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



3709 Comments


Ha, reminds me of my Blackening review. Only shorter and less harsh.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



5992 Comments


To me it just seems you want attention.


He seems to have rated this album the same as he's rated britney spears 'hit me baby one more time'. Of course he wants the attention.



This Message Edited On 09.25.07

JumpTheF**kUp
September 25th 2007



2708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album, awful review.
Won't neg it because I'm nice, but just no.
This reads a lot like my Converge review tbh, which is a bad thing seeing as it sucked.

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2007



6073 Comments


I don't care about the rating, I care about how you presented it, and most of your criticisms are cheap shots that seem to come from someone who was either hoping for the album to be horrible or someone who just doesn't like metal. Since you're obviously not the latter, I'll have to go with the former.

M A D R I G A L
September 25th 2007



103 Comments


I'm sorry, I just don't agree with this score. The album is not a 1 by ANY means. "A criminal waste of talent?" Come on man. This album at the very lowest is a 3.

Pete
September 25th 2007



189 Comments


The fact one indulges in technicality and complexity doesn't excuse that person from immunity to write a good, coherent song.


...what?

Iai
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I voted yes, anyway.

blackened07
September 25th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I was going to buy this but I'm not sure now. Anyway good review.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



5992 Comments


Trust me.

Buy it.

blackened07
September 25th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ok, then I will be picking this up on Friday.

Kiran
Emeritus
September 25th 2007



5992 Comments


I am one persuasive motherfucker.

Confessed2005
September 25th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boo at Altmer.

This album rules.



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