Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect


4.5
superb

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
October 26th, 2009 | 181 replies | 10,656 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Between The Buried And Me's most focused effort to date, "The Great Misdirect" presents six sprawling songs that are glorious in concept and execution, you cannot miss this album.

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What is there to say about Between the Buried and Me that hasn’t already been said? They’re great at their instruments, and some consider them to be the pioneers of the progressive metal genre. 2007’s Colors was a new landmark in their discography, with all eight tracks coming together as a cohesive whole and going on to be one of the highest rated albums of the year. So where does BTBAM go from there? They write a record entitled The Great Misdirect, an album that surpasses everything they’ve ever written, which is no easy task.

Everything that one would expect from BTBAM is here: the insanely technical guitar work, the lightning-fast drumming, the poppy and twangy bass, and for better or worse, Tommy Rogers’ screaming, singing, and keyboard playing, the latter of which happens to make a prominent appearance here. Consisting of a paltry six tracks, one might expect this to be a brief listening experience. Not so, as it clocks in at around one hour, and the tracks often go past the 10-minute mark, the longest of which goes on for a glorious 18 minutes.

So what makes this better, if it’s more or less the same BTBAM? Well for one, they have reached yet another plateau in their technical ability on this album. The guitar riffs, solos, and sweeps are more impressive than ever and will keep you entertained throughout the entire album, whereas on Colors the jamming frequently became an annoyance. The drumming is also as close to perfect as I’ve ever heard. It’s fast, loud, technical, driving, and tight. The bass is only heard occasionally, but unlike Colors where it’s single moment of standout glory was the solo on “Viridian,” every time we hear it here, its distinguished and provides a good groove to the songs. Rogers has also stepped up on the vocals, his screaming improving ever so subtly, and his clean singing is far more tolerable, as he has ditched autotune completely. This is a good thing, as the tracks “Mirrors” and “Desert of Song” feature solely singing. The keyboards also play a bigger role here and provide more than just ambiance, and are the driving factor of the song “Fossil Genera,” which happens to be a choice cut from the album.

Beyond rambling about how well BTBAM plays their respective instruments, the songs themselves are all unique and amazing on their own and as an album. “Mirrors” is a short introduction track backed by acoustic guitar and Rogers’ singing, and leads seamlessly into the Colors-esque “Obfuscation.” The first half of the song is classic BTBAM and essentially shows off the new level of talent they’ve acquired playing straightforward metalcore, while the second half is some of the most beautiful sweeping and soloing in their discography. “Disease, Injury, Madness” continues in this vein and only keeps impressing with some outstanding keyboard sections paired with some clean singing. Not a bad first half.

“Fossil Genera” is one of the two highlight tracks here, and really showcases the newfound use of the keyboards here, opening with a campy, almost circus like tune that is quickly overrun by a heavy guitar riff. Rogers shows off his singing here with a catchy, sing-songy vibe that pervades the whole song. All the while, the keyboards back it all up and make this one of the more interesting tunes as it progresses into the familiar BTBAM metal.

Without any doubt, the gem of this album and BTBAM’s entire discography is the epic, 18 minute long “Swim to the Moon.” This song incorporates everything the band has and mashes it together, and it somehow comes out as extremely smooth and cohesive. After being led into by the acoustic interlude “Desert of Song,” it slowly pans out with an odd drum beat and some keyboards, eventually leading to a full on classical guitar solo that switches from distortion to clean with ease and is easily the most technical moment of the album. After about three minutes of jamming, the vocals kick in, and they are the best ever on a BTBAM song. The guitars continue trading off solos in the background, and this goes on for a glorious nine minutes, before things mellow out and were given a brief atmospheric break with some acoustic guitar lines. What follows is a straight up jam session a la Dream Theatre. Except it doesn’t suck. Its varied, technical, entertaining, and all around perfection.

As this epic creeps to a close and Rogers screams for the listener to “Swim to the moon,” you’ll find yourself in musical heaven, and as soon as the last notes ring out, you won’t be able to help clamoring for the repeat button.



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Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Working at Best Buy during the holiday season has its benefits, got myself a physical copy this morning, a whole 14 hours ahead of schedule... Yay?

rasputin
October 26th 2009



14504 Comments


lol btbam

Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Meh, i enjoyed this a lot more than Colors. That album frequently bored the hell outta me.

jingledeath
October 26th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this was pretty meh

Thor
October 26th 2009



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album rules etc

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2009



16015 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is flat out bad.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

feav233
October 26th 2009



1411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought it was pretty good

hykinix
October 26th 2009



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I definitely like it. It's a bit of a grower for sure, like Colors, but I think overall this is a pretty big step up over Colors.

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009



67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

better music can be found between my butt cheeks

feav233
October 26th 2009



1411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahaha

Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Congrats on that butt cheek thing.

I think this was so much better than colors, and a lot more focused.

PanasonicYouth
October 26th 2009



7410 Comments


fuck this album and fuck you, guy


i'm not your guy, friend
and go die in a big heaping fire cuz this is pretty good


What follows is a straight up jam session a la Dream Theatre. Except it doesn’t suck.


i fucking love you

PanasonicYouth
October 26th 2009



7410 Comments


=( i thought we were buddies...

Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh the dramaaaaaa

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck you Foxxy. Good review. Might check this out but an 18 minute BTBAM song might be too much for me to handle.

Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off



Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I thought so too, but its absolutely amazing. Its by far the best song theyve ever written.

Motiv3
October 26th 2009



8421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol @ the differing opinions this should be very interesting.

Comatorium.
October 26th 2009



4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I wanted to give this a 5, but then i'd be labelled as a "fanboy"

Motiv3
October 26th 2009



8421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wanted to give this a 5, but then i'd be labelled as a "fanboy"

so what, fuck what everybody else thinks, do it if u really think its a 5.



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