Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect


2.0
poor

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
October 26th, 2009 | 235 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tweedle-dee, meets Tweedle-dumbass.

Towards the end of 2008 I came upon a list of albums that were expected to be released during 2009 and couldn’t help but notice that it seemed as if this would be the make or break year of the often criticized Metalcore genre. Certainly the year started off promisingly with 90’s Metalcore pioneers Coalesce releasing one of the most impressive metalcore albums of the year, but just as quickly the success of OX was cramped by the dire release that was Hollow Crown, brought to you by the over-hyped British twat-sickles; Architects. The year continued down this path and slowly it seemed as if the genre was heading towards its end.

Converge, a band who could quite easily claim the title of “most consistent band” within the genre put out an album that didn’t quite stand up to their previous releases, and of course (not to put too fine a point on it) August Burns Red released another album (God help us). So where does Between the Buried and Me fit into all the mess that surrounds one of the more infamous genres in recent years? Exactly where they stood 2 years ago, and that’s the problem.

With The Great Misdirect we find Between the Buried and Me hiding behind certain aspects of their previous work. The fact is, being technical simply isn’t good enough anymore; when BTBAM released The Silent Circus it really was a groundbreaking achievement. Few had heard a Metalcore band with such technical skill, and as such the sheer technical ability allowed many to overlook certain flaws within the songwriting. This continued onto their third album, Alaska, which added more to the formula that worked on TSC and finally came to a climax on Colors. But even then there were problems. At times Colors was too cheesy and disjointed; rather than focusing on adding new elements to their sound, the band insisted on throwing out ridiculous segments involving Mike Patton impersonations and hoe-downs.

So where does that put us now? Well, in a somewhat interesting twist the stupidity is gone, there isn’t a bunch of genre-mashing solely to illicit a response of “that was weird”, but in place of the randomness comes predictability. The Great Misdirect is Colors 2.0; it’s the Windows 7 to Colors Vista; they got rid of the annoying parts, sure, but it’s still not a Mac. Everything on the album is vintage BTBAM; technical riffs/fills? Sure. Horrible vocals from lead gimp Tommy Rogers? You know it. Genre hopping? Kinda. What’s new? Nothing at all.

The fact is, Between the Buried and Me have tried nothing, and they’re out of ideas. There’s nothing fresh, there’s no progression. It’s exactly the same as everything they’ve already done. It even sounds like songs they’ve already written. But let’s not go crazy, surely some things have changed? Well, Tommy Rogers has learnt to play his Keyboards a little better, but it’s not enough. Similarly, Rogers’ obsession with vocal effects has also increased; throughout the album are sections of layered vocals chucking his vomit growls on top of a choir of auto-cleans. Sad fact; his trickery doesn’t actually make his vocals any more enjoyable than they already weren’t.

So we’ve covered the basics: Tommy still sucks and the band has no new ideas but can I fault their playing? No, I cannot, but that doesn’t mean I can’t fault their song writing. As per usual, random is the word of the day, every day in BTBAM-land. They still seem as disjointed as ever moving from heavier segments into free-jazz and back again. It’s a good thing no one ever combined jazz and metal before………… wait a minute.

At the end of it all, The Great Misdirect is an utter disappointment. There’s no progression and in general no effort whatsoever on the band’s part to move forward. Shredding and theatrics don’t help. Perhaps the Buried boys should take a page from Metalcore colleagues The Dillinger Escape Plan and try to move beyond the niche they’ve found themselves in. It’s my hope that BTBAM will take a look in the mirror and re-evaluate their stance on music, because if it doesn’t change soon they’ll not only be surpassed by their peers, they’ll enter a state of obsolescence and have nothing left to do but be jealous.



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rasputin
October 26th 2009


14555 Comments


automatic pos

Roach
October 26th 2009


2148 Comments


Ire Works was a terrible album. Trying to 'move beyond the niche they've found themselves in' might not be the best idea. They should just work on not being a bad band.

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

band sucks pos'd

fireaboveicebelow
October 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

great review, needs more insults

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2009


44785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Milk Lizard was an awesome song, album wasnt too bad but not amazing either. Dillinger's new album still should be solid.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

RedSky
October 26th 2009


285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"There’s nothing fresh, there’s no progression. It’s exactly the same as everything they’ve already done. It even sounds like songs they’ve already written."

Mirrors/Desert of Song are both unlike anything they've done. The rest ... yeah I kinda agree but I think you exaggerate the point a bit.


WhiteWallStargazers
October 26th 2009


2647 Comments


At the 7:20 mark of Disease .... it reminds me of Ants of the Sky: souther-ish riff with solos over it ....not impressed with this
album

Zip
October 26th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the right review

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

you know who sings better then tommy rogers

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

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fireaboveicebelow
October 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

scott stapp!!!

Thor
October 26th 2009


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

something elitist and clever

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah i just fucking went there

fireaboveicebelow
October 26th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thor has issues

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

6666 comments wowowowow man

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2009


10543 Comments


oh yeah

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

GenNarain
October 26th 2009


781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

awesome review, pos'd

Lunarfall
October 26th 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good review, although the mac comparison is absolutely retarded

cant see how you can give colors a 3.5 and this a 2 though, they're too similar

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2009


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, looks like I don't have to review this now. You gave it the critique I was planning on writing, awesome work.

wutwuttwut
October 26th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i remember a wise user called chambered89 once saying

probably in the minority here but new btbam > this

roflmao



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