Between the Buried and Me
Coma Ecliptic


3.5
great

Review

by My Name Is Mud USER (18 Reviews)
January 25th, 2018 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Redemption.

Change. This is one thing that progressive metal act, Between the Buried and Me, are extremely accustomed to. From their self-titled deathcore tinged debut to their sprawling supposed realised ‘masterpiece’, Colors, the band has always strived to transform from record to record. However, this has not always paid dividends in this reviewer’s eyes. 2012’s warped, extensive and downright audacious effort, Parallax II, displayed BTBAM revealing their proverbial hand and throwing all of their chips onto the table. Whilst the record certainly displayed an amazing example of technical musicianship, the song writing suffered immensely. Jarring transitions, sloppy craft and somewhat ostentatiously forced ‘progressive’ elements resulted in one of the bands most frustrated efforts yet.

Coma Ecliptic feels like a clean slate for the group. Parallax II certainly hurled all it could muster towards the listener, however this time around things are slightly more subtle. Coma opens with the immensely intimate number, ‘Node’. Vocalist, Tommy Rogers, displays his vocal talents superbly on this number, pursuing a more delicate tenor when compared to prior vocal outings. The result pays dividends, with the track not only becoming immediately memorable but a fine example of the bands almost chameleon like song writing tendencies. Nevertheless, it is not until track 2, ‘The Coma Machine’, that we truly see the outfit’s immense capabilities. Winding in and out of groovy time signatures and constantly building upon the songs ethereal intro, BTBAM manage to justify their daring musical flair, promptly making up for any mistakes that were made on their previous effort.

Although the record starts off strong, the glaring errors from across the acts musical catalogue come back to haunt them. Even though these errors are not as obvious as previous records, the damage done is still noticeable. Some tracks like ‘Memory Palace’ and ‘The Ectopic Stroll’ struggle to form much coherence throughout their respective runtimes. Both numbers seem to come and go without leaving any real impact, albeit remaining fairly inoffensive. The constant influence of 70’s-80’s progressive rock throughout these tracks leave them feeling rather mundane, without the unique flavour the band is fully capable of being injected. In regards to the aforementioned progressive rock influences, Coma definitely makes this direction obvious all over its 11 tracks. Most of this influence is tastefully implemented, with ‘Dim Ignition’ being a fine example. Catchy synth lines and an otherworldly atmosphere coupled with Tommy’s vocoder esque vocals make for a fine showcase of the bands vast musical influences coming to fruition.

‘King Redeem/Queen Serene’ also follows in this fashion. Lead guitarist, Paul Waggoner, displays expert precision in particular throughout the track. Integrated with Blake Richardson’s persistently fascinating drumming style, the track shows BTBAM effortlessly navigating through a woven web of bright guitar riffs and ever-changing tempo changes brilliantly. Furthermore, Tommy feels like the focal point of this constant need for variety. It’s an extremely demanding task for Rogers to keep these songs engaging throughout, a task that proves too difficult ultimately towards the end of the records runtime. Most of Coma’s entertainment takes shape through the ambitious instrumentation displayed by the ensemble. As mentioned previously, this can hinder the record on a couple of tracks here and there but, overall, there is a certain amount of maturity displayed.

Despite some setbacks, Coma Machine is definitely a step in the right direction for BTBAM. Although the band is yet to paper over their sporadic, grating tendencies, the album still manages to push through. With a new album just over the horizon, it seems the group will only continue in the same vein of experimentation they’ve displayed throughout their career. One can only hope the mistakes will be realised, with the zany experimentation culminating in a consistent effort. Meanwhile, Coma stands as a bright beacon for the outfit, a foundation to build upon moving forward into the future.



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BigPleb
January 25th 2018


61556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On a reviewing spree at the minute, feeling really productive.



Hyped for these guys' new album after the great single.

BlackwaterPork
January 25th 2018


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review mate, pos

prefer the new single over anything here tbh

TundraL5Z
January 25th 2018


5335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Coma ""Machine"" is definitely a step in the right ""for"" direction for BTBAM." lil' bit of an error right there haha

Nice review man, Parallax II is definitely a hard one to swallow, and even though we have our differences on that release, i respect your criticism

The Ectopic Stroll is definitely a strange one but i do think it fits the album as a whole, and warrants its run time with the super proggy section, helps to break up the album a tad bit from the over-arcing narrative, anyways here is your pos my man



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BigPleb
January 25th 2018


61556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!



Also, thanks for the corrections Tundra.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2018


4443 Comments


Nice review Pleb, never heard this and won't hear their new one either :D pos

BigPleb
January 25th 2018


61556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Jac!



I had a feeling you’d say that.

Doctuses
January 25th 2018


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review. parallax II is certainly campy, but it's at least metal. although this album has some really nice moments, it breaks wide open at the seams with its insistence on operatic soundscapes.

Beardog
January 25th 2018


3855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, isn't the drummer named Blake instead of Black btw?

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Doctuses
January 25th 2018


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea

BigPleb
January 26th 2018


61556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice spot bear.



Thanks guys!

Darius The Imposter
January 26th 2018


22650 Comments


Brillienté review plebster.

Darius The Imposter
January 26th 2018


22650 Comments


And I agree with Pork

bgillesp
January 26th 2018


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review! Vein instead of vain at the end.

I actually think this is one of their best albums and it really grew on me. I can see why you say it drags on because of the length but I find it almost all to be very engaging. Pos

bgillesp
January 26th 2018


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually didn't like the new single a lot. Too much lyrical repetition with not enough story. The music was still great though.

BigPleb
January 26th 2018


61556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the correction bg and the pos.



Damn ghost neggers are back again, that 8 of 9 is burning my eyes.

Doctuses
January 26th 2018


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually didn't like the new single a lot. Too much lyrical repetition with not enough story. [2]



the single is rather generic imo.

DarkSideOfLucca
January 26th 2018


15089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It was generic but I really dug it for some reason.

Doctuses
January 26th 2018


1915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's got a catchy chorus. but they gotta be shittin me with those lyrics. c'mon boi



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