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Album Review: Coma Ecliptic by Between the Buried and Me


Coma_Ecliptic_cover_art_by_Between_the_Buried_and_MeEver so rarely an album comes by that encapsulates the soul band.  From a group’s particular style to even their namesake, these albums showcase all that is and has propelled them into the leaders of their genres.  Seventh Son of a Seventh Son from Iron Maiden, Pelagial by The Ocean, and Panopticon by Isis are some examples of records that lay in this very small group with both fan and critical praise being forever lauded upon them.  But the big daddy of them all belongs to Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater.  It is of my opinion that no other album sums up a band as perfectly as that record does.  The music connected to the narrative, the ‘dream’, which is played out through the album, the ‘theater’, is executed so perfectly and passionately I had never thought no other album could ever achieve the multitude of musical accomplishments as deftly as it has done.  That is until Between the Buried and Me unleashed their latest record, Coma Ecliptic, unto the masses for me to listen, absorb, and consume ravenously.

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New Videos in May 2015


A small selection of new videos from the last month, including Voyager, Between The Buried and Me, Helloween, Secrets of The Sky and more.

Voyager – Seasons of Age, from their 2014 album “V“. (melodic progressive metal)

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A Few Things to Check Out…


As summer looms, it must be a good time to release metal because it seems to be coming at us from all angles.  Here is another group of music files, videos, and clips to take a listen to. This is a diverse grouping, so be prepared.

Pyramaze is about to release Disciples of the Sun on May 22nd.  The title track below is their first video.  They fall under the umbrella of melodic metal, but don’t let labels steer you in any particular direction. The music should do the talking.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #8 – #5


MetalCatHave I mentioned that Simone Simons is the most beautiful woman in the world and I ❤ her? “Design Your Universe”; we all do that, unconsciously and instinctively, all the time. Everyone’s brain interprets external stimuli and experiences differently. We all internalise, modify and store memories that can never be the same as anyone else’s. Each of us does effectively inhabit our own, unique universes that our minds build for us.

If a Simone Simons is a twin-rotor helicopter in your universe, it must be a very interesting place.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #9 – #7


MetalCatIn addition to prog death and prog metal, today’s dose of hits includes full-blown jazz metal. If you’re not familiar with the genre, this is your chance to practise moshing to a saxophone.

Not many metalheads are proggers, but Panzerballett proves that some of them are beatniks.

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Song of the Week: Lay Your Ghosts to Rest by BTBAM


Since it came out a couple of months ago, Between the Buried and Me’s latest record The Parallax II: Future Sequence, has been getting more and more listens.  I simply can’t get enough of it and now that I’ve had plenty of time to really sit down and absorb it all and simply enjoy it without putting a critical eye on it.  One specific track that I can’t get enough of is “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” which plays out in the typical BTBAM fashion fluidly floating from spectacular moment to the next blending various moods and musical styles with ease.  I love how one moment they will be playing some of the most extreme of metal to a smooth waltz the next and how it is all blends together so well.  I also enjoy how they music walks the line of being quite serious yet never once losing it’s fun factor always keeping me engaged in the song with a grin on my mouth the whole time.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly suggest giving The Parallax II: Future Sequence a listen.  Even if you were a bit turned off by the band in the past but still love some prog metal, this record shows the band at their best and most mature.  So without further ado, check out “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” and then let us know what you thought.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #15-#11


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#15 Colors by Between the Buried and Me

In the early and mid 2000’s I found myself a bit disenchanted with new metal. I had kept in touch with the established bands in my catalog, but anything new just ‘didn’t do it for me’. Then I stumbled on BTBAM and their newly released Colors. Never have I heard metal quite like this, ferocious, complex, organic, beautiful, chaotic, and so unorthodox. How each song flowed into the next created a neat flow and the musicianship in each one seriously blew my mind and gave me a new-found faith in modern metal. I also love while on one end the music and themes on this record are pretty serious, the band knows how to sit back and have some fun at times and get playful with the music breaking that ‘more brutal than thou’ mentality that was plaguing metal at the time in my eyes. After this record I became more adventurous with my music returning to actively seek out/check out music by stuff I never heard of in hopes I find something that blew me away like Colors. To quote Forrest Gump: “I must have drank me 15 Dr. Peppers”. Returning to this album 7 years after my big first impression it still holds up wonderfully and BTBAM received much deserved success and took the right path and upped their talent (seriously, check out the new record 😉 ).

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Album Review: The Parallax II: Future Sequence by Between the Buried and Me


After breaking through with 2007’s Colors, Between the Buried and Me have become a household name in the realm of progressive metal.  Their unique blend of chaotic deathcore, beautiful musical passages, and high technical proficiency was a breath of fresh air in the genre.  For all they did right with their music there was one big downside to listening to them.  They would write these gigantic and dense albums, but in the end there was one thing I really took from each of their songs.  There was a specific moment or passage that drew me to a specific track and the music in between was just OK to good filler.  That solo in “Disease, Injury, Madness”, the sweeps in “Selkies”, the breakdown in “White Walls”, and so on all stood out more to me than the track itself.  Given that there were other moments within those tracks that grabbed me, less often did a song from front to finish engage me in its flow.  When all these separate moments were put together in the context of an album they worked and delivered pleasing listens.  But for as much as I love their previous works, I have to be honest and say there was much room for improvement, especially in the ‘flow’ department and too much focus put on those ‘big moments’.  I guess I wasn’t the only person to really notice this, as on BTBAM’s new album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, the veteran progsters looked at their faults and improved on them tenfold.

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #70 – #66


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#70 Sound of White Noise by Anthrax

Not to put down Joey Belladonna, he’s a great vocalist and was part of some amazing ‘Thrax albums. But when it comes to my personal favorite pick, the John Bush era is where it’s at for me. SOWN has a heavier edge to it due to the band taking a change in direction to fit Bush’s lower octave vocals and the riffs and rhythms just have so much more crunch than their earlier works. I’ve seen/heard that this record gets a lot of guff for ‘selling out’, but whatever, it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Belladonna or Bush, Anthrax rules!

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New BTBAM Song!!!


Hells Yeah!!!  The first real taste of Between the Buried and Me’s upcoming album The Parallax II: Future Sequence is here.  If you didn’t like BTBAM to begin with chances are this won’t change your mind.  If you’re and established fan, get those tissues ready 😉

The song is called “Telos” and the word ‘telos’ is derived from the philosophy of Aristotle, being the Greek meaning of ‘end’, ‘purpose’, and ‘goal’.  Simply speaking, meaning the end of one purpose.  You can bet that after some of the complex themes that were introduced on 2011’s The Parallax: The Hypersleep Dialogues and the philosophical themes of their previous work, that this album will have a good amount of fat to chew on.  Anywho, check out the tune and let me know if you’re as excited for the new BTBAM album as I am.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!