Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues


3.0
good

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
June 30th, 2012 | 14 replies | 1,990 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it good? Sure. Worthy of co-headlining one of the biggest metal tours in the US? Nah.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Between the Buried and Me is an interesting mix of a clearly progressive song structuring and a heaping of genre-crossing metal that has earned them the experimental label in the recent years. Their latest release – an EP called The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues – doesn’t exactly ‘take shots’ at the formula the band has built in the past, but it doesn’t necessarily need to, either. This seems to be a demonstration of their skill in completing a shorter release as opposed to what they can do with their back catalogue of five full-lengths and a live album, and that’s just fine for me. It was the first release of theirs that I gave a full listen to, and as such, I may not be the best guy to ask when it comes to an ‘educated’ take of the band’s performance as a whole. I think, though, that the EP sounds both promising and fulfilled – as if the band put their all into it. It’s got varying tempos, varying structure, and varying sound. Their efforts combine into something cohesive and well-structured enough to keep me interested, and the shorter length of this record is probably a major contributing factor. Either way, Between the Buried and Me impress, and change just enough to create a flimsy appearance of an evolution.

The EP has a science fiction theme, as you could probably tell by the title. If that wasn’t enough to clue you in, the intro to “Specular Reflection” spells it out clearly enough before you impact quite suddenly and without warning with the force that is Between the Buried and Me. You’ll have good fun for a few minutes before it slows down for the clean vocals section, which doesn’t show much range but sounds good for me to tolerate it. At the same time, the instrumentation in the background becomes ever more interesting until the genres start blending again nine minutes in. Then the metal force will hit you again, which sounds pretty damn good compared to the last album I heard (Colors). Cleans come in again and actually sound good, and then the song fades into a cacophony of garbled static and sci-fi nonsense. That’s the band’s sound, in a nutshell, and not much changes until the middle passage of “Augment of Rebirth.” They have some French-themed folk passages, complete with an accordion and some cool vocals. These work well because they’re short, and sudden enough to keep a guy like me interested. The song was otherwise not very memorable, aside from having decent metal performances, but the genre-bending of the band has always been leaps and bounds ahead of their metal skill, in my opinion. The varying structure in this EP in particular captures my attention long enough for me to come back for a few specific parts, but the problem I eventually run into is that I don’t want to sit through eight minutes of what is essentially “meh” to get to that golden moment I found somewhere in the song. I tend to run into that problem a lot when listening to longer songs, and this EP isn’t much of an exception.

“Lunar Wilderness” is the closing track, and everyone’s probably hyped this up your ass if you haven’t already heard it for yourself. Let me tell you honestly that, from my perspective, this track wasn’t very different than what I had expected. It’s great, sure, and it’s a load of fun that closes the album relatively quickly and with brevity that the first two tracks lacked, but it’s really nothing too incredible. I understand that because it initially seems so different that everyone loves it to death, but there’s not much of a progression between the third track and the second track. It gets you ready to pack up and leave, and it sounds fairly good doing it. What more can you ask of a good closing track? The EP itself impressed me because it was my first extended listen to the band itself, not because it was an amazing release. That being said, it’s got its golden moments. Check it out if you haven’t already; there’s certainly some interesting progressive material on here.

Recommended Tracks:
1. "Specular Reflection"
2. the rest of the three-track EP hurrr durrr



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012



9993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Not sure why you've already gotten two negs. Solid review, although a bit too casual for my tastes. Have a pos though, dude

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Drpibb
June 30th 2012



122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeaaaaa. I really like this album and I think, whole-heatedly, that they belong on the top of the bill
for the tour.

johnnydeking29
June 30th 2012



8981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is ok, Specular Reflection eats the other two songs alive
5 negs is pretty harsh for this, I've seen far worse reviews that have 100% pos, so have a sympathy pos
However, leave out crap like
"You’ll have good fun for a few minutes before it slows down for the clean vocals section, which doesn’t show much range but sounds good for me to tolerate it. At the same time, the instrumentation in the background becomes ever more interesting until the genres start blending again nine minutes in. Then the metal force will hit you again, which sounds pretty damn good compared to the last album I heard (Colors). "
if you write another review, does not really convey much at all and looks pretty amateur

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Graveyard
June 30th 2012



5598 Comments


lol

ChuckyTruant
June 30th 2012



15706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review

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MTObsidian
June 30th 2012



118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I approve--nice and honest. Not sure where all the neg's are coming from. Love this EP to death and I wasn't butthurt over a 3 rating... *shrug*

MTObsidian
June 30th 2012



118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pos'd, by the way.

Pr0nogo
July 1st 2012



373 Comments


Review is horrible, I rushed it to get it over with because I was supposed to review this about a month ago and I just didn't care too much about it.

Thanks for the sympathy, though.

AnthonyFartano
July 1st 2012



233 Comments


god i just listened to this and it is freaking awful in my opinion. that awful screaming accompanied with the cheesy prog tendencies that is faux at best, these homos should have stayed in college with their law majors..

Pr0nogo
July 1st 2012



373 Comments


cuz homosexual = stupid w/ no music talent rite guys

amidoingitriteyet

ILJ
July 1st 2012



6615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"god i just listened to this and it is freaking awful in my opinion. that awful screaming accompanied with the cheesy prog tendencies that is faux at best, these homos should have stayed in college with their law majors.."

I can tell from your username that you most likely come from /mu/.

Go back to /mu/.



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mindleviticus
July 1st 2012



8163 Comments


disagree entirely

Pr0nogo
July 5th 2012



373 Comments


ha riff sorry im so beyond ur reading comprehenshun

Pr0nogo
July 5th 2012



373 Comments


it tok me for dayz to tink dat wun up rite hahahahaahaahafag



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