Between the Buried and Me
Alaska


5.0
classic

Review

by Willem Hattingh USER (6 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2011 | 23 replies | 4,068 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heaviest BTBAM album by far

1 of 11 thought this review was well written

I really depended in this band for their progressive death metal talents. Between The Buried And me have diverse influences, from Dream Theater to Soundgarden. They will often include slight traces of black metal vocals, melodeath leads, progressive musical structures and amazingly executed metalcore breakdowns. As in breakdowns, not the ones with extremly-slow-tempo boring monotonous guitar playing. There are just breakdowns that could be a few of the best out of other awesome breakdowns pulled off by deathcore bands like The Contortionist, All Shall Perish, Impending Doom and After The Burial. Thomas Giles is awesome at his harsh vocals as much as he is at his cleans, yet only 3 tracks on the album include his cleans.

Track by Track:
1. All Bodies - Crushing riffs and often insane blast beating. One of the songs that include clean vocals. Not that enjoyable like other tracks on the album. 4/5
2. Alaska - A well pulled off guitar and synth lead introduces the track. Overall, it is pretty insane and enjoyable and owns a few breakdowns, including a truely insane, yet intense outro. 5/5
3. Croakies & Boatshoes - Best to ignore this track. It is arguably generic, but pretty short as well. 3/5
4. Selkies: The Endless Obsession - A progressive track of the album. Starts off with some synth, then a one minute guitar lead, then somewhere into BTBAM's trademark sound. Concluding with a sweet melodic passage and a sweeter long guitar solo. Of course, there are clean vocals on this one as well. Sometimes, this song might feel a bit rushed though. 4.5/5
5. Breathe In Breathe Out - A short passage containing only a melodic clean guitar that comes in well from Selkies. Not giving this a rating though.
6. Roboturner - This is a very crushing and heavy song. The "demonic" scream at the start could surprise some people for the first time(s), especially after Breathe In Breathe Out. However, another awesome breakdown comes in starting somewhere before the 2 minute mark and gets better throughout. The slow 3 minute outro can probably bore some listeners. The lyrics seem to relate to the music industry and how much it sucks. This might not be one of everybody's favourite track on the album, but it is very enjoyable and insane. 5/5
7. Backwards Marathon - This is pretty much a progressive track as well. It basically goes from heavy to melodic and back to heavy, which is easily a common prog metal structure. Its melodic passage kind of dragged throughout the middle of the song; that seems to be the only con of the song. Still enjoyable though. 4/5
8. Medicine Wheel - Another optional listen. It is entirely melodic and it comes in well from the Backwards Marathon. Not rating this either.
9. The primer - There is a melodeath guitar lead at the start and near end of the song. Pretty interesting, and this song shows most of the black metal influence. It is still very enjoyable, but no easily visible cons. Not much to say. 4.5/5
10. Autodidact - This co-album closer is not a White walls quality closer. It is, again, insane and enjoyable. It has its trademark breakdowns too, and its influence on other styles of music. The ending breakdown has a similar sound to the last breakdown on White Walls and Swim To The Moon, and may possibly be repeated at the end of The Parallax Part 2 LP. The cons are also hard to find on this one. 5/5
11. Laser Speed - This is the actual album closer. It sounds more jazzy then anything else. It was a pretty random way to close the album, so some might think Autodidact was enough to close the album. No rating.

This album has its crushing heavy moments and sweet melodic moments. The originality and influence on outside genres makes the album nothing but classic, and it could be influential*. I still think that BTBAM could take more advantage on their progressive rock/metal influences.

*They have seemed to highly influence bands like Arsonists Get All The Girls, Dance Gavin Dance and The Human Abstract.

NOTE: I have no care for the audience of my review. No, I'm not going to improve. No, I am not a die hard fan of this band either. Criticism will not be read.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MopHeadOvMetal
June 2nd 2011



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Generic commenter: Aweful review, Aweful album. Go get a life!!!

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2011



8581 Comments


NOTE: I have no care for the audience of my review. No, I'm not going to improve. No, I am not a die hard fan of this band either. Criticism will not be read.


haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

:]

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HenchmanOfSanta
June 2nd 2011



1645 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awful review, great album. Go work on your writing!

Motiv3
June 2nd 2011



8410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awful review, awful album, go get a life.

Wheelah
June 2nd 2011



756 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I am not a die hard fan of this band either. Criticism will not be read."

This part cracked me up. Your review reads more like a 4, I hate track by track reviews(as does most
of sputnik), and there are copious spelling and grammatical errors. NEGGGG

My dog could write a better review. In fact, he did. Go ahead and read it, if you want. I posted it
on my profile for him, because he couldn't figure out this site.





















But seriously, NEGGGGG

FullMetalGamer
June 2nd 2011



2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love BTBAM, and i love this album, but this review is absolutely awful.

grammar is awful, the points you made don't really make sense, and i think you made up some words. "co-album closer" that doesn't even make sense.

please stop writing reviews.

psykonaut
June 2nd 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you fucking suck
you didn't even get tommy rogers' name right, you even fail as a fanboy

fsharptrit0ne
June 2nd 2011



4628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How can you not rate Laser Speed? =/

FatChickIrl
June 2nd 2011



4096 Comments


Fuck this shit

ShadowRemains
June 2nd 2011



19427 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rofl

Hawks
June 2nd 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review deserves a neg based on the first sentence alone.

FatChickIrl
June 2nd 2011



4096 Comments


I really depended in this band for their progressive death metal talents.

Alucard125
June 2nd 2011



532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How do you know if it's criticism unless you read it?

PARADOX.

newjunkaesthetic93
June 2nd 2011



1871 Comments


Is english your native language?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011



30294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aweful review, Aweful album


I am in awe

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psykonaut
June 3rd 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really depended in this band for their progressive death metal talents.

that sentence produced actual laughter

twlichty
June 3rd 2011



3394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not an awful album...

i like their grindcore influence on this album.
and its not as proggy as the recent stuff, which some people prefer

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elephantREVOLUTION
June 3rd 2011



2701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, what's the point of writing a review and posting it online if you don't even care if people read it/what they think of it?

terrible review, 0/10

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TheBaronofBadNews
October 6th 2012



77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Aweful review, Aweful album."

Indeed. Truly full of awe.

Emyay
October 6th 2012



4468 Comments


I really depended in this band for their progressive death metal talents.

That's hilarious. I'm gonna start saying that


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