Progressive metal veterans Between the Buried and Me are back with part 1 of a two-part album, entitled Automata I. The album is the first new album from the band since 2015’s Coma Ecliptic garnered some of the biggest chart numbers of their career, Automata I is an album that sounds futuristic, while also maintaining the band’s signature flair and musical chops. Interested parties can stream the entire album below right now, and with the band’s headlining tour (also including The Dear Hunter and Leprous) going on right now, you can be sure that one (or more) of these songs will be making their live debuts. Check out the dates below, as well.
Over the last decade or so, who do you think truly defines the progressive metal genre? You could list at least a few dozen bands – Periphery, Meshuggah, Tesseract, Haken, and many more for that metaphorical crown – but on any list, North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me should rank fairly high. The quality and consistency of their work is certainly something to marvel at, but so too is the many phases they’ve gone through – from the recent Coma Ecliptic album to important genre milestones like Alaska and The Great Misdirect, they can never be accused of phoning anything in.
Perhaps it’s completely unsurprising, then, that the band is playing their landmark 2007 album Colors in full this fall. Released on September 18, 2007, the album, which spans just over an hour, flows as one continuous song with transitions in between. Culminating in the massive 14 minute finale “White Walls”, the album was highly praised by critics and also fared well commercially, moving over 12,000 units in its first week.
If you’ve somehow never listened to the album before, now is the time. Of further note, their Colors Live DVD is also a treat. Make no mistake, Colors still remains one of the most exciting and forward-thinking progressive metal albums of recent lore. But for Between the Buried and Me, there are plenty more epics to come.
Venue – The Plaza Live
Location – Orlando, FL
Date – September 11th, 2016
Lineup – Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried And Me, Fallujah
Post-hardcore quintet Greaver will release their debut full-length The Faun on April 29th via Cardigan Records. Today, the band is streaming the first single “A Poisoned Well” and has launched pre-orders via iTunes. The record was engineered and mixed Al Jacob at Warrior Sound (He Is Legend, A Skylit Drive) and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).
“We’re incredibly excited to share these 10 new songs with the world and usher in a new era for Greaver,” says drummer Travis Hall. “We’ve never been prouder of material we composed together and feel this record pulls from all the unique influences of our 5 members more so than everything we’ve previously released.” Continue reading