Between the Buried and Me
Colors_Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
October 20th, 2008 | 273 replies | 40,674 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite a few obvious flaws, Colors Live is a must-have for any fan of Between the Buried and Me.

28 of 28 thought this review was well written

Between the Buried and Me’s Colors has been making plenty of waves in the metal and progressive world since its release in 2007. It’s also one of my favorite albums of all time. So after seeing the band play the entire album a few months back, I was ecstatic to hear they would be releasing the entire album live in concert. Throw in a second set with (almost) all of the classic BTBAM tunes and you’ve got yourselves an incredible package. While Colors Live has really high quality filming and an almost flawless live performance, the overall presentation of the performance left a bit to be desired.

For starters, we can always talk about the band’s stage presence and live performance. It’s definitely improved from what it used to be, which was essentially none of the band moving save for Tommy Rogers’ over-the-top hand gestures and bug-eyed facial expressions. The band has improved their overall performance technique courtesy of guitarist Paul Waggoner and bassist Dan Briggs singing additional vocal lines, headbanging and interacting with the show’s very receptive and enthusiastic crowd. Tommy is just as crazy as ever, and his vocals are spot-on for almost the entire time.

If you were to listen to the CD that accompanies the DVD package, it sounds almost exactly like the studio recording, save for a few changes in guitar distortion and a less-mechanical vocal performance. That was what the selling point was for me; the show has plenty of energy while still being very close to the record. I can’t think of a single time where the band makes any obvious mistakes with their playing, even during the incredible technical passages of “White Walls”, which is by far the highlight of the concert.

The DVD, however, is marred by a few obvious problems. The main problem that struck me was that there simply wasn’t an even distribution of coverage of each band member. The cameramen simply love to focus on Tommy and Paul due to their stage presence and guitar dweedles, respectively. Drummer Blake Richardson is criminally under covered, even during the really obvious drum breaks. The opening drum fill for “Sun of Nothing” doesn’t focus on him, but rather shows an unnecessary crowd shot. Dan Briggs’ bass work, which is probably the most interesting part of Colors, is also not shown enough here. While he does get his breathtaking solo spot in “Viridian”, the majority of the time his inventive and impressive bass work goes unnoticed because we’re just too busy watching Paul Waggoner sweep. While that’s good fun for the majority of the DVD, it will always bother me because Between the Buried and Me’s rhythm section is one of the most amazing in metal today. Dustie Waring is just as apathetic and boring here as ever, so there’s not much to expect from him. Luckily, he’s rarely seen here. The coolest thing you’ll see him do here is wear a Dillinger Escape Plan t-shirt.

The second set was definitely well chosen by the fans, because there is plenty of variety and covers ground on Between the Buried and Me, The Silent Circus, and Alaska. While the first set was meant to impress, this one seems to just be the band entering a world of nostalgia and plain fun. “Mordecai” and “Shevanel Cut a Flip” are the choice cuts from this portion of the concert, and for obvious reasons. They’re simply some of the band’s best songs still and have some of the most vulnerable and powerful musical moments I’ve ever come across. The show also ends strongly with the crowd favorite, “Selkies: The Endless Obsession”, courtesy of Waggoner’s most well-known and celebrated solo.

The recording quality is great, the set is close to perfect (no "All Bodies" is frowned upon) and the band has come back with improved their stage presence while still maintaining the tightest musical performance around. It’s a must-have package for a fan of the band and is also a good starting point for someone interested in BTBAM.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was gonna get this a few days ago but best buy didn't have it ugh

willfellmarsy
October 20th 2008



3849 Comments


left should be in place of was in the first paragraph

nice review otherwise...probably won't be getting this tho it sounds cool enoughThis Message Edited On 10.20.08

Thor
October 20th 2008



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fixed.

Spamue1G
October 20th 2008



1292 Comments


Oh god... It's rated as the 3rd top album of all time!
Can't read the review until this changes... aghhhhhhh!

WarAllTheTime988
October 20th 2008



360 Comments


I am still waiting for the pre-order of this and am absolutely PISSED!!! I've preordered before and always got it before the release date and I ordered this 3 or 4 weeks ago (aka - plenty of time) so I'm quite disappointed. This will probably prove worth it, but in the mean time FUCK Victory Records!

Thor
October 20th 2008



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah fucking Victory Records sent me a scratched DVD.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 20th 2008



7926 Comments


So they basically have never played Ad A Dglgmut (their best song) and you didnt even mention it. How does this happen?

Thor
October 20th 2008



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's great but it never struck me as their best song or anything. Not even the best on TSC.

Flyboy
October 20th 2008



395 Comments


I could never get into this band. I think it was the vocals that didn't interest me. Good review as always Thor.

HighandDriving
October 20th 2008



3288 Comments


So.....do they move at all in this?

willfellmarsy
October 20th 2008



3849 Comments


Coke, u overrate Ad A Dglgmut like crazy...not a bad tune by any means but jeez...just be like everyone else for once and maintain how awesome Mordecai, Selkies, Ants, and White Walls are

DeathThrashProg
October 20th 2008



500 Comments


Coke, u overrate Ad A Dglgmut like crazy...not a bad tune by any means but jeez...just be like everyone else for once and maintain how awesome Mordecai, Selkies, Ants, and White Walls are

you might as well have asked for an argument.
Oh, and you missed out Sun of Nothing on your little list. and The Primer.
i might get this, but if its mainly Tommy Rogers on cam, then i cant be arsed.

Lunarfall
October 20th 2008



3179 Comments


This is one of my favorite live performances, despite some minor camera issues.

Fyi, if you compare the times of Foam Born B, Informal Gluttony, Sun of Nothing and Ants in the Sky to the album version, you'll see that they are exactly the same length. Even with a click track, that requires an insane amount of precision. This Message Edited On 10.20.08

DeathThrashProg
October 20th 2008



500 Comments


theyre robots, its confirmed

Lunarfall
October 20th 2008



3179 Comments


At least Dustie is, he doesn't move at all the entire time.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 20th 2008



7926 Comments


Paul is better than Dusty too, like, infinitely. So Dusty has no excuse because Paul looks like he's having fun while Dusty looks like he's dreaming about sitting in a rocking chair.

marksellsuswallets
October 20th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If they covered Blake more the DVD would be nigh flawless...also, I was not expecting Tommy to hit those ridiculous falsettos in Backwards Marathon and Aspirations especially (which he hit flawlessly) only thing that I can complain about is maybe the song Alaska should have been included in the last set but the rest of the songs picked were wonderful so I guess it made up for it..Primer would have been nice too...

I guess what I'm saying is...this DVD is awesome...

Also, I think Dusty should be injected with something if they ever do a live DVD again...even when I see him in the background I kind of twitch a little...This Message Edited On 10.20.08

Epilogue
October 20th 2008



1591 Comments


I hate the A Hero A Fake thing. This was pretty solid though, saw it with my dad yesterday.

Lunarfall
October 20th 2008



3179 Comments


If I saw this with my dad, he'd ask me why I listen to such devil's music.

Epilogue
October 20th 2008



1591 Comments


Well MY dad LOVES metal.



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