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Review: The Parallax II: The Future Sequence

Between the Buried and Me is the sort of band that the music industry needs more of. They may not be for everyone, having an air of intensity and chaos, but there’s a complexity within that has to be respected. With songs typically ranging between five and fifteen minutes long, they’re the kind of band you need an attention span for. Seriously, five out of twelve songs on this track are nine minutes or longer. With that sense of elongation also comes the sense that you’re not left hanging by the end.

Ignoring the trends and seemingly never straying from their path in the music scene, their songs always sounds unique. You simply have to call these guys progressive, because they’re not being pinned down by any one genre in particular. Through that isolationism their music seems to spout from a well of creation, rather than regurgitating what sells.

The Guitar work in this album is clearly a labor of love, with some of the best runs I’ve heard out of Paul & Rusty so far. Not fast for the sake of being fast, or technical for the sake of being technical: These guys have a genuine ear for music. On top of all that, every member sounds like they’re having a blast playing the stuff. Every note is filled with energy and impact that a lot of music is lacking.

Tommy’s vocal style melds extremely well with everything that’s going on. The power and velocity of his voice seem finely tuned in this album, as apposed to his work on the self-titled release. There are several points in The Paralax II: Future Sequence where he hits higher, more confident-sounding notes than in previous albums. Nothing ever seems out of place, he knows when to scream and when to sing.

Without the all important backbone that is a drummer, you couldn’t achieve this sort of intensity in metal. It goes without saying that the drummer sounds like a mad scientist in this album. If you listen to this album purely for the drums, it’s insane to think of a human being remembering all of those intriquite stops and fills. Much less writing and performing it live! I’m the last person to make an argument for who the best drummer in metal is, but this guy’s in my top 5 favorites of all time.

Like with pretty much every release by BTBAM, I suggest you listen to the entire thing from start to finish. And that goes for their body of work as well, to truly appreciate their newest music, you should probably listen to everything they’ve recorded. Starting with a rough, yet calculated style, they have evolved into a musical titan capable of performing in any style.

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