Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax II: Future Sequence


5.0
classic

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 833 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colors v2.0: New and improved

Between the Buried and Me have always been somewhat of a mixed bag. Their most controversial release, Colors, saw the progressive metalcore band toying with genres as if they were playing with legos, ultimately creating what some consider to be a masterpiece. Colors did have its flaws though, one of the most prevalent being cohesiveness. Since then the quintet have been polishing their genre-shifting sound to fix this flaw. The Great Misdirect almost had it right, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues was another step in the right direction, and finally with The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Between the Buried and Me make their most focused album to date – a well structured, 72 minute flowing piece of music that epitomizes Between the Buried and Me’s take on progressive metal.

One of my biggest gripes with Colors was the pure ridiculousness of some ideas. The Mr. Bungle rip-off from “Sun of Nothing” almost ruins the momentum of the song and the hoedown at the end of “Ants of the Sky” is fun but detracts from what is otherwise one of their best outros. In The Parallax II, everything seems to fit nice and snug within its context. For example, one of the strongest tracks on the record “Extremophile Elite” has a vibraphone, tuba, and string break at around the four-minute mark. Out of context this may sound childish but the motif in the section is repeated in the guitars soon after, making it important to the song as a whole. Also, “Bloom” is essentially an entire song dedicated to their silly and farfetched ideas and oddly enough - through the use of a good song structure and their newly developed writing skills – they make it work.

The album beings with the intro “Goodbye to Everything” and right of the bat you notice Tommy Rogers’ improved clean singing. This time around he seems a lot more confident with his voice and it shows. A number of songs on the album have very well sung choruses, notably the infectious one in “Melting City.” His screams are much more refined as well, sounding much less airy and much more ballsy, even verging on death metal growls at some points. The rest of the band is at the top of their game as usual. The riffs and solos are insane, the drums are ridiculous, and the bass is audible and not blindly following the rhythm guitar (a godsend for a metal band). The band has always been technically talented, there’s no doubt about that, but again the real improvement on this album is the song writing.

Take the ten-minute “Melting City,” for example. Typically in Between the Buried and Me’s longer songs they start off playing riff after riff, new idea after new idea, throw in a few avant-garde sections, maybe tie the whole thing together with a recurring chorus, and close it out with an end climax with very little build up. “Melting City” does none of this. In fact, the song has an extremely simple structure, verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus, with a few well-placed transitions in between while simultaneously being one of their most progressive (and in my opinion, best) songs to date. The fifteen-minute “Silent Flight Parliament” is more of a standard Between the Buried and Me long song except the ideas flow very well into one another and it actually has direction. It also does what “White Walls” did in Colors by quoting previous motifs in the album, such as the polyrhythmic intro of “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” and a couple guitar riffs from “Telos.” These two songs are easily the strongpoint of the album, which then leads into the album outro “Goodbye to Everything Reprise” to tie up the concept of the record and ending the album on a positive note.

The other songs are just as impressive. “Astral Body” hints at Dream Theater in the intro before turning into a genuinely happy sounding metal song, “The Black Box” is a wonderful clean interlude leading into “Telos,” one of Between the Buried and Me’s most rifftastic songs, and “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” is essentially a ten-minute long progressive metal juggernaut. Really the only downside of the album is “Autumn” which does nothing more than segue two songs together with some random spacey noises but thankfully it’s only a little over a minute long so the song ends before any real damage is done. While every song is strong stand-alone, what really makes the album special is how well it flows as one piece of music and even though 72 minutes is a pretty demanding amount of time, Between the Buried and Me’s journey through spacey prog metal makes it worth every second. For me, this is the album that Colors should’ve been – truly a modern metal classic.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


21466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was daunting to write but i felt it deserved it. this is about as good as Alaska imo.

critiques are welcome

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KILL
October 9th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i wont neg but













lol

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16057 Comments


"you called them legos, negged"

ye dont diss lego

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


21466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kill you havent even heard this man im telling you its really good

KILL
October 9th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ive heard over half of it i told you and that was enough for me!!!!!!!

Titan
October 9th 2012


5062 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Mr. Insurrection, I hold you to a higher standard.

Great record, good read

KILL
October 9th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah i didnt neg but i should actually wow legoz im pissed

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


damn album wasn't as good as I hoped damn

Wizard
October 9th 2012


19522 Comments


lol

Jk. You've been a dick to me lately and I like it and warranted me to read the review. I liked it but I will check this out when I have nothing else to listen to.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


21466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks titan and wiz i never meant to be a dick to you lol. glad you liked the review, not sure if youll like the album though but its worth a listen

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16057 Comments


he didnt mean he liked you being a dick to him he...oh whats the point

Evreaia
October 9th 2012


4045 Comments


shit's no alaska

TooLateToGoBack
October 9th 2012


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3 ghost negs already? oh you, sputnik.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16057 Comments


well i dint neg for one, insurrection takes so much flak i felt compassionate

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


21466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pooh how many times have you heard this? cause i thought it was kinda underwhelming the first couple of times but it gets better every listen

TheNotrap
October 9th 2012


8109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Colors v2.0: New and improved"

Agreed, this is better than Colors. Lay Your Ghosts To Rest or Extremophile Elite are really great songs.

Unfortunately you'll get some negs but stay true man.
Have a pos.

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alachlahol
October 9th 2012


7501 Comments


shit

alachlahol
October 9th 2012


7501 Comments


petitioning to ban this douche soon

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


21466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mena if you think its a bad review then by all means neg, id just rather have a valid reason why so i can improve my writing

thanks notrap much appreciated

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012


16057 Comments


i havent read it insurrection but i disgree with people negging bcos they hate the album or dont like you



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