Between the Buried and Me
Alaska


2.5
average

Review

by Ponds USER (3 Reviews)
February 7th, 2012 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frustratingly inconsistent, this album has it's good moments. Yet it also has an extremely high number horrendous refrains, far too many for an album labelled as 'excellent.'

Nearly every single member of the metal community has heard of the name 'Between the Buried and Me.' Their music is very likable, with its 'I Don't Give a Fuck,' attitude, and the obvious aptitude for each individual band member and their respective instruments. Yet in this day and age, one cannot be critically acclaimed simply from sheer potential, they must be also able to execute their plans, whilst integrating their skill. According to many music elitists BtBaM do exactly that, yet, even though opinions are opinions, this album (and it's descendants) really aren't as cracked out as they're made to be.

Firstly, Alaska does have some silver linings shining through its deep, dark clouds. For brief, yet extremely pleasing periods of time, BtBaM lay down vicious melodies that really help them elate tracks from being utter nonsense to satisfying. For example, the introduction to the title-track ‘Alaska,’ contains one of the bands best moments, where everything seems to click. That track is also one of the prominent showcases for their metal-core influences, whilst the subsequent song portrays more of a new-wave death metal style of playing, yet genres are a very flexible and debatable topic. Where BtBaM decide to slow things down and take an educated break from the assault on everyone’s ears, they do it with style and success, as shown in ‘Selkies: The Endless Obsession’ and ‘Backwards Marathon.’

The utter talent that each band member entails is inescapable; ignoring it is similar to disregarding the piano as being ‘not-metal enough’ when it is actually the base of everything else. This analogy is a fairly fitting way to describe what this album was intended to be – start out with what you know and then branch off every now and then. Yet frequently BtBaM go a bit over-the-top in their song-writing efforts, so much so that it can be quite disorientating. Too many things occur at once, confusing many listeners into questioning ‘Wait, what is going on here?.’ Certain parts of ‘Autodidact’ invoke this response, one that not only surfaces doubt, but lack of interest. It is in the human nature to dislike chaos, to detest things that are shoved right in their faces. At times Between the Buried and Me take their concepts too far, which can summon certain negative feelings towards the album.

The record, luckily, does not drag on for far too long. Yet the fifty-four minutes of inconsistency is quite irritating, and at times a bore. The track ‘Roboturner’ is a perfect example of time wasted. For 7 minutes one is subjected to having to listen to this track, whilst it does nothing exciting whatsoever, seemingly repeating the same style of riff combined with same sluggish vocals. It just chugs along blandly for a period of time that is far too long. While some may enjoy the endless monotony of certain songs (the vocals, which don't seem to stray away from the same tone Rogers applies, or the bass which is rarely heard at all) – or more appropriately – areas of songs, the majority of society doesn’t have it in their hearts to continue to listen to something that is such an excruciatingly unreliable listen.

The screamed vocals, quite frankly, are awful. Many claim that it is an acquired taste, yet it would be a hard battle to win to say that the majority of his screams on this release, and more specifically the track, ‘The Primer,’ are sublime. At times, Rogers does excel in what he is trying to achieve, yet it is a far too common occurrence for his rather grating growls to incline in quality and power. The brutal roar he is attempting to mirror can be rather distasteful and plain, almost similar to eating bread without the butter. The extra step, (or topping) is habitually hiding itself in many songs off Alaska. The beginning of ‘Autodidact,’ contains a fairly solid, energetic performance (although by no means great). Hitherto by the first change of pace Rogers singing takes a jarring turn for the droning worse, providing many listeners with nothing other than the thought ‘please get me out of here!’

This album could’ve been great.

That’s the worst part.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tried to be as consistent in my review as possible

also i thought i backed up my arguments well (with examples etc) but obviously a fair bit of it is opinion and most people wont agree

Scoot
February 7th 2012


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Nearly every single member of the Sputnik metal community has heard of, and enjoys the work done by BtBaM."

uhh

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Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah ill change that

Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fixd

Destructerator
February 7th 2012


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

>Disregarding the piano as "gay"
lol

wacknizzle
February 7th 2012


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Yet frequently BtBaM go a bit over-the-top in their efforts to represent their skill on each instrument." Yeah dude thats exactly whats going on here.

"Too many things occur at once, confusing and dumbfounding many listeners into questioning ‘Wait, what is going on here?" Your clearly too dumb to follow, thus this review.



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Destructerator
February 7th 2012


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No hate, just thought that was funny

Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review isn't bad but needs a few fix ups here and there

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2012


31492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are you Lakes little brother?

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Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol dev

and wacknizzle is it really worth a neg though? when I said the representing each skill i didnt mean it was a wank-fest or anything

and with the other part thats just opinion, and if you disagree so be it, but calling dumb is pretty uncalled for

wacknizzle
February 7th 2012


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

for a negative review i don't think this is that great like many of them are tbh, sorry to be so harsh but this was very opinionated rather than pointing out specifics that you could really back up.

Destructerator
February 7th 2012


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

STAFF RATED IT 5.0, IT IS INFALLIBLE.

Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dat part where its like Keeper of the stars I hope to never find we are just mortal souls left to diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie.. doon doon doon. So great!

wacknizzle
February 7th 2012


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i didn't used to neg till crandynewman showed up the other day and grinded all my gears in the worst kind of way. I've negged everyone of that fuckers shit reviews and this reminded me all too much of his.

Okay ponds, im sorry, i've just been in a bad mood since that catastrophe started and honestly that review didn't have much as far as grammar errors but i still disagree, you didn't back up your claims well(it's just me but i always try with my reviews not many but it's a big thing especially with negative revs IMO).

Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah okay fair enough, ill try and see if i can back them up better, but i thought i gave examples but i dunno

can you give me an example?

Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but i don't wanna lol

Ponds
February 7th 2012


18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not you
i did a basic edit though, does it read any better and slightly less imposing?

Scoot
February 7th 2012


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wacknizzle take it easy man it's sputnik

Funeralopolis
February 7th 2012


11774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya you sound really uptight it is just a review man there will be plenty more

Destructerator
February 7th 2012


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Taking the internet seriously will drive you crazy man



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