Between the Buried and Me
Colors


1.5
very poor

Review

by Qwe Qwetherington USER (6 Reviews)
June 7th, 2011 | 694 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: lol

Between The Buried And Me and The Silent Circus were so fun. I mean, here are some dudes playing incredibly technical metalcore infused with hundreds of different bits and bobs they probably got from some sort of garage sale, all the while not taking an iota of it seriously. They were just having mad fun playing their music. Sure they had probably the worst vocalist of all time ever to exist in the world ever (seriously, this dude is so bad). Sure they'd obviously never heard the words "songwriting," "moderation" or "structure." But hey, that rough playfulness was sort of their charm: they had this raw production, a grating vocalist , dense, complex instrumentation, out-of-leftfield musical inclusions and lyrics like "the lovely love from the love of my liiiife" which was all fine, really. They weren't the best band ever (see: Queen) but you didn't expect them to be, and it was obvious they didn't give a rat's. They were just terrible songwriters who could absolutely tear things up instrumentally and were lucky enough not to be massive douchebags What you got was some kind of metalcore or mathcore or whatever genre people made up to describe them that could either shine (Mordecai, Shevanel Cut a Flip) or suck tremendous amounts of ass (The Need for Repetition, Destructo Spin).

I came to this site in like 2009 or something and this album was getting dickloads of praise everywhere. I didn't understand it at all. Everything good about them was either gone or left undeveloped, though the opposite happened with the negatives. Big time. Had Tommy Rogers learned how not to sound like a bowel movement with vocal chords? Nah. He was easier to hear though! Had they learned how to connect their oft-interesting ideas and melodies so they didn't mash together awkwardly? Nah. There were more of them though! Did they still play around with sounds associated with other, very distant genres? HELLYEAH! Did they manage to make it sound like it wasn't a huge gimmick? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

The worst part for me was that the fun was gone. They had much shinier production and the mixing was a huge improvement, but suddenly there was this hour-long beast of progressive (lmao progressive my ass) metal divided up into tracks that were at best boring (Informal Gluttony) and at worst directionless, muddled pieces of shit (except Viridian, that track is pretty dope yo). Everything came off as forced. "Prequel To The Sequel," which is probably one of the better tracks on the album features a polka-ish (I don't know, it sounds like polka but the rhythm is too fucked for it to be actual polka) section that completely throws off the listener, and not just because of its awkward musical contrast either. It feels fake. It feels tacked-on. It feels like "Obligatory Wacky Section #x". It feels like it's there to be there. I mean what purpose does it serve? So listeners will say "oh dude was that an accordion? these guys are crazy LOL" instead of hearing good music? The "forced" idea applies to so many places in Colors that it's hard to listen to and even harder to enjoy. I don't mind it when bands change time signatures, I just don't understand the reasoning behind many of the changes in Colors. Ok guys, I understand. You have a reallllllly good rhythm section. Well done and move on. What was the point of that la la la la la la la la part in "Sun of Nothing"? It brought fuck all to the song and completely destroyed its momentum (although I sorta do love the sunny strummage at like 7 minutes in.) My gripe is that the band is increasing the volume (i'm not talking decibels) of self-defining aspects in the music to the point where songs feel overstuffed and it becomes pretty much the most tedious thing ever.

Oh yeah I just remembered another thing, why is White Walls 14 minutes long? Are you serious? fuck.

The Silent Circus featured wank, but the wank was less elaborate and felt like it was a means to an end. Colors' wank on the other hand is directionless and irritating, something worsened by the band's increasingly prevalent kitchen sink attitude towards "progressive" music. This is lazy songwriting at its finest (or worst, whatever is correct) which is somewhat annoying considering the amount of talent in the band and the flashes of brilliance (including some truly great tracks) they've had throughout their career. Oh well.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
darkbunny
June 7th 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pretty much knew this review would suck after I saw the summary.

demigod!
June 7th 2011


45266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing review

Digging: Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

BigHans
June 7th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

POS POS POS POS POS POS POS

qwe3
June 7th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wrote this realllllly quickly then forgot about it then came back and subd

i prob repeat myself a bunch

demigod!
June 7th 2011


45266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is that review still up i wanna read it

demigod!
June 7th 2011


45266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the oppressors couldnt handle it

Tyrael
June 7th 2011


20972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review Qwe, although I still think that there are some enjoyable moments to be found here.

TomAkaVeto
June 7th 2011


1690 Comments


yeah, I can understand not liking this band, but this review is just ridiculous.
Honestly, I don't understand all the praise with this band either, but I do enjoy them from time to time.

qwe3
June 7th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is crazier than when i wrote a review for no heroes and gave it a 1

in an alt of course


i once had a dream that i wrote a review for every album


and gave all of them 1s

qwe3
June 7th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Honestly, I don't understand all the praise with this band either, but I do enjoy them from time to time.


like in the split-second they're not fucking the cool part up?

Psychopathologist
June 7th 2011


1922 Comments


lol

geng
June 7th 2011


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This gets my vote for review of the year.

TomAkaVeto
June 7th 2011


1690 Comments



Honestly, I don't understand all the praise with this band either, but I do enjoy them from time to time.


" like in the split-second they're not fucking the cool part up?"

Yeah, pretty much. I don't know if I like any songs ENTIRELY on any album they've released since Alaska. They always
find some way to ruin their songs. I do think this is their worst album, for sure.

Their new EP is the best thing since Alaska, though.


Remer17
June 7th 2011


914 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You just don't get mannnn. It's too deeeeeep for you.

qwe3
June 7th 2011


21368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty much knew this review would suck after I saw the summary.


your taste is so hollow and derivative that I find myself not giving a shit what you think! ain't that a shame?

Psychopathologist
June 7th 2011


1922 Comments


show them idiots

Remer17
June 7th 2011


914 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So seriousssss.

Lambda
June 7th 2011


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review = 1.5/5

nah jk but seriously it wasn't that great

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011


16482 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

awesome review pos

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011


17231 Comments


boss nigga



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