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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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Roundtable Review: Verse Vica – Endeavor

Album CoverLabel: Self-released

Release Date:  October 6th 2014

Songs:  8 tracks

Length: 41 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  North Carolina, USA

For fans of: Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Animals As Leaders

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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2012

bestof2012I know every year I say that this was one of the best years in metal, but its true, and 2012 was no different.  I guess that says a lot about the state of modern heavy metal.  The genre has grown into something that was unfathomable at its inception.  In no other genre will you find such a diverse set of different acts all boasting such pure passion for what they do.  I was also exposed much more music than usual this year since Metal State kinda took off with a spike in readers (thank you!!!) and we started receiving promos from labels and bands looking for exposure (don’t worry, we won’t tell you about the crappy stuff or skew our opinions because a label hooked us up with some free music or a t-shirt).  So, when I think about 2012 in metal I can’t help but to return to reflecting on how diverse the genre has become.  You will see in my toplist that no single sub-genre really dominates (well I guess you can tell I am a fan a prog metal and was big into the female fronted doom metal bands this year) and there are some amazing albums all across the board in metal this year.  There were also a ton I left out which I will post about in the coming days in a quick honorable mentions post.  So enough dilly dallying, let’s get it on!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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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!!!

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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Videos of the Week: Witchtripper, Domino the Destitute, Astral Bodies, and Devil’s Jukebox

I had a bit of trouble singling out this weeks video of the week, so, to take the path of least resistance, here all 4 videos that I watched and found damn awesome.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

First up is the new video from Down in support of their new, and totally kick ass E.P., Down IV, Pt. I – The Purple E.P.  “Witchtripper” shows Phil, Pepper, Kirk, and Co. getting their LARP on with this silly video clip.  It was funny enough to see the doomsters in costumes, but when they took the title of the song literally and tripped a witch, man did I laugh my ass off.  The song is damn catchy too.

Next 3 after the jump.

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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!!!!




Trioscapes Want to Sax You Up

A few weeks ago I posted a song by sax fronted instrumental jazz prog metal band featuring Dan Briggs of BTBAM on bass, Trioscapes.  They have released that same song, “Blast Off”, as a video in a live studio setting.  You can also check out “Wazzlejazzlebof” off their upcoming release, Separate Realities, below.  The record is due to hit stores on May 8th, 2012.  I have a feeling that this will be a quite saxy record you do not want to miss.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!

Watch Out Green Lantern, Parallax is Coming!!!

Ok, well I’m pretty sure that the Parallax that Between The Buried and Me is more of a reference to the science of sight than the Green Lantern alter-ego/supervillian.  Anyways, the mad scientists of prog metal have confirmed that they have begun working on the follow-up to last years E.P. The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.  Not much is known about the follow-up other than it will be a full-length album and will continue the story of 2 different planes of existence which was set up in the E.P.  You can add another highly anticipated release to the awesome year in metal that 2012 is shaping up to be.  Enjoy a couple of songs from BTBAM below to get yourself hyped up.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Here’s the first song off of The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.  My best guess is that they will continue with the dreamy and spacey feel that was set-up on this E.P.

And here’s my favorite song off their last full length album, 2009’s The Great Misdirect.  When the song breaks into that groovy and bluesy guitar solo and then into the mellow and trippy bass solo back into the guitar and then into insanity, that’s the kind of stuff that awesome is made out of.

Video of the Week-Obfuscation

Obfuscation:(n)[ˌɒbfʌsˈkeɪʃən] The act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand.

The title of Between the Buried and Me‘s most recent video pretty much sums up the meaning of both the song and the video quite well.  But, let’s take a deeper look into it.  First check out the awesome video(BTBAM must have blown all their profits making this clip) and take a look at the lyrics.  I also put the preceding song “Mirrors” here also because on the album The Great Misdirect the 2 songs flow into each other making one complete song.

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