Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheOscillat0r USER (2 Reviews)
April 4th, 2011 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While it may not be the landmark release Colors or The Silent Circus was, it should at least help appease the growing hatred of the band’s tendency to lose direction.

It seems like anyone who has ever heard Between the Buried and Me has a strong opinion of them. There are the people on YouTube who pre-ejaculate before Paul even touches his instrument, and then there are the people who acknowledge their overall technical prowess but dismiss their songwriting ability as an incoherent mess. Then of course, there are the listeners who reminisce about the days of The Silent Circus. However, anyone hoping for a return to roots probably let that go already, since those days are long gone. It could be argued that Alaska was the band trying to refine the sound they had on The Silent Circus, while The Great Misdirect was a refinement of Colors. And even though (ironically) The Great Misdirect was a much more focused beast, it left most listeners with mixed feelings as compared to the massive hype-train surrounding Colors. Well it seems like the band heard the outcry, since after more than nine years into the band’s existence they decided to release their first EP.

Besides having one of the worst album titles of the year, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues does accomplish what they were trying to do. Without trying to sound too cliché, it seems that they took what elements worked from their last two albums and integrated them with new ones. Yes, there are still those wacky moments one comes to expect from the band, but they are few and far between. All one has to do, is listen to Lunar Wilderness to get a sense of the change in songwriting. Which barring a few sections, sounds completely fresh by Between the Buried and Me standards. It comes off as better thought out than anything they were doing a few years ago.

There is a big “but” on the album though. Augment of Rebirth is more or less the Between the Buried and Me of yesterday. The riffs are familiar, the vocals are monotonous, and I left to go take a dump during the chugga chugga blast beat extravaganza only to return to the same thing five minutes later. While it certainly had some fun parts mixed in, and it was not out rightly terrible like Swim to the Moon was, it became apparent that Between the Buried and Me will never completely change what they do. It is unfortunately the low point of the album, but when there are only three songs to listen to, it gets a bit irksome.

Luckily the band actually holds back on the masturbatory wankery this time. That is not to say it lacks extremely technical riffs, as it has plenty to go around. It just does not sound like someone trying to impress John Petrucci all the time, which is never really fun to listen to. Instead there are more organic sounding riffs and interludes which sound great with the incredible production they put into their songs. One could almost hear a little bit of Scale the Summit here and there. It also has to be said that there are more “clean” vocals here than any other album they have put out before, which complement the change in style. Unless of course you just do not like Tommy’s vocals, who can sound robotic at times.

If there is anything to take away from all this, it is this. The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues leaves a much more satisfactory outlook on the band’s future than The Great Misdirect did. While it may not be the landmark release Colors or The Silent Circus was, it should at least help appease the growing hatred of the band’s tendency to lose direction.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 4th 2011


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The Great Misdirect was their best record...

Mordecai.
April 4th 2011


8279 Comments


yuk no

beefshoes
April 4th 2011


4206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't decide on a rating.
For an EP this would be a 5 but compared to The Silent Circus, this isn't quite up to par.

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climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


agree with this review the most. pos

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kingjulian
April 4th 2011


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

TGM is their worst... Will be getting this because I have to.

TheOscillat0r
April 4th 2011


117 Comments


Anyone know how to italicize?

climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


[ i ] text [ / i ]

without spaces

TheOscillat0r
April 4th 2011


117 Comments


Okay yeah I thought it was < i > < /i >.

Thanks for pointing that out.

kingjulian
April 4th 2011


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So that's how you do it...

climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


YUP

Counterfeit
April 4th 2011


17819 Comments


lolbtbam

climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


lolfaggotjkluvu

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2011


21444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everyone bashes Augment of Rebirth, but when compared to some of their past songs its still a huge improvement. when they go back to the intro riff at the end of the song it makes me jizz. Its kinda like a beefed up Disease, injury, madness.

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twlichty
April 4th 2011


3412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disease, injury, madness was my favorite track from the great misdirect. this is great tho

Waior
April 4th 2011


11454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

best review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have no idea what to rate this. It's just as "good" as their other stuff but I really don't like this band as much as I used to. I enjoy it enough to give it a 3.5 at most, but I gave TGM a 4 and I feel like this is better. argh

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climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


tgm is a 3 this is like a 3.8 imo

RooseveltsGhost
April 4th 2011


863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More clean vocals and a rare Scale the Summit moment? Gotta get me this EP TODAY!

climactic
April 4th 2011


19365 Comments


first couple minutes in lunar wilderness are pretty much scale the summit

newjunkaesthetic93
April 4th 2011


1871 Comments


I havn't listened to this yet but I'm glad to hear there's more clean vocals.



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