Between The Buried And Me is a progressive metalcore outfit from Raleigh, North Carolina. Colors (2006) is the band’s third album and the first where they really show what they’re musically capable of. The band described this record as “adult contemporary progressive death metal”. However quirky that may sound, it’s an accurate description of what you can expect on the musical extravaganza that is Colors..
The album starts with a piano intro, somewhat reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkin’s Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. The first real songs are both the Foam Born compositions, which can be best described as pretty technical deathcore with lots of odd time signatures and the traditional grooves, screams and growls. A small exotic percussion part and little jazz interlude are little signs of things to come.
The fun really begins with Son Of Nothing which can be best described as a mixture of Mr Bungle, Rush and Converge on crack. Jazz, surf, bluegrass, progressive rock with raging death metal, Between The Buried And Me does it all. Ants Of The Sky and Prequel To The Sequel are brilliant examples of the adventurous free-for-all spirit of Tommy Giles Rogers and Co. These guys combine the grandeur and virtuosity of Dream Theater in their best days with a sense of adventure and love for seventies prog and obscure jazz of Mikael Åkerfeldt and Opeth. Bear in mind that BTBAM has its own distinct sound. The comparisons with Dream Theater and Opeth are just indications of the scope of ideas and the level of intricacy you can expect on Colors.
Sound-wise Colors has a rather dry but crisp sound which makes all the individual musical frolics clearly audible. That’s a major part of the Between The Buried And Me experience.
You can listen a thousand times to Colors and you’ll discover new things which you didn’t notice before. That’s what makes it such a memorable listening experience. Classic album, hands down!
Written by Raymond Westland