Between the Buried and Me
Colors


5.0
classic

Review

by Ryan Lizotte USER (24 Reviews)
April 29th, 2010 | 77 replies | 7,127 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I dare you to find an album with the amount of creativity, flow, and precision, that Between the Buried and Me flaunts in this album.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Members (at the time of recording):
Tommy Giles Rogers - Lead Vocals/Keys
Paul Waggoner - Guitar
Dustie Waring - Guitar
Dan Briggs - Bass
Blake Richardson - Drums/Percussion

Between the Buried and Me is one of those bands you definitely have to acquire a taste for. Simply put, they are different. A good kind of different. Going from death growls, to mellow singing, and death metal to blues is not usually found in the poster-boy hardcore band. But, the thing about BTBAM, is not about how the music is written, it's in the execution. BTBAM delivers one-hundred-percent throughout this entire album (also see Colors_LIVE). If there was ever an album to get in your entire lifetime, this just might be it.

Each song acts as if it was carefully molded, like a sculpture being worked on by an artist. The album starts with the calm, soothing, and assuring key/vocal talents of Tommy Rogers on "Foam Born (A)". It slowly fades into a hodgepodge of noise and closes with Tommy's signature death growls over a brilliant guitar lead and impressively cadences right into "Foam Born (B)", which is famous for it's atonal, jazzy breakdown near the end. After these two songs in itself, this album has already been considered impressive. The next six songs just put the cherry on top.

"Prequel to the Sequel" starts off with a dreamy intro that slowly builds and explodes into Tommy's growls, and many haunting leads orchestrated by Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring. The guitar-work of these two is unimaginable, and is evident throughout this album. To be quite frank, the guitar makes this band what it is. "Ants of the Sky" is a showcase for the two guitarists, heavily. It is quite eerie, and has what might be the best solo of the album played by Waggoner.

"Viridian" gives the listener a breather, in a sense, as an instrumental piece. This piece is very captivating and really makes you think about the musicianship that BTBAM possesses. The melodies and harmonies are absolutely amazing in the song. The album then closes with a band as "Viridian" melts into "White Walls", which showcases some of the off-kelter times being kept by solid drummer, Blake Richardson. The 14 minute epic closes this album off perfectly, and leaves you with a feeling that you don't usually get after listening to any kind of hardcore or metal album.

Between the Buried and Me's "Colors" is a complete masterpiece. Just reading my review about this album doesn't even do the record justice. Go listen. If you're looking for a specific list of songs that are recommended:

- Tracks 1-8.

That's right. The whole album. Each song is captivating in it's own way, and sure enough, you just might see the genre a little differently after giving this one a listen.



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SeaAnemone
April 30th 2010



19721 Comments


This review is a bit brief and doesn't really justify a "classic" rating much... except for some hyperbole too often used here n there. Also, clean up some of your fragments to turn em into sentences. I didn't neg, btw.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

rasputin
April 30th 2010



14516 Comments


review and album sux

Zipzop5565
April 30th 2010



402 Comments


I don't care for BTBaM. 14 fucking minutes for one song? Ball cider.

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

4ish for me, but yeah the song lengths do get to me after awhile

ThePalestMexican
April 30th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't fuck with the BBTAM!

JizzInMyPants
April 30th 2010



2368 Comments


2 many haters

qwe3
April 30th 2010



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

bands awful

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band is not awful, but i can see where some people would be turned off

Bitchfork
April 30th 2010



7584 Comments


What flow?

They'll basically switch from a circus-y segment to a 3 second ambient blip to a 9 minute guitar solo. That's neither creative nor interesting, it's a cry for attention/attempt to make one's self relevant or "creative". Instead it's pretentious. It's not hard to juxtapose genres; it's hard to do so in a unified way (not as m,uch so when you have 14 min. track lengths beeteew).

Bitchfork
April 30th 2010



7584 Comments


double post

Bitchfork
April 30th 2010



7584 Comments


triple post

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

triple post much? lol

rasputin
April 30th 2010



14516 Comments


long songs aren't a problem at all unless you write shitty long songs like btbam

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahaha, bitchfork, lol
kinda confusing review

ikarus
April 30th 2010



560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3 5'star ratings in eight reviews

rasputin
April 30th 2010



14516 Comments


i rate this 2/5

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, I mean BTBAM is notorious for rapidly changing tones throughout songs, which contradicts the "flow' theory completely

rasputin
April 30th 2010



14516 Comments


they;re almost as bad as protest the hero

KTLL
April 30th 2010



87 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

For the next review, try not to be so fanboy-ish. I could barely read the review between your jizz stains.

DoctorNurse
April 30th 2010



475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

can't take more than 20 minutes ot these guys in one sitting, I just get irritated and bored.



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