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 more nuanced and melodic work of Coma Ecliptic to important genre milestones like Alaska and The Great Misdirect, they can never be accused of phoning anything in.
It’s really unsurprising how many bands are announcing anniversary tours this year. Filtered through the lens of nostalgia, our favorite albums often age well and sound even better with time. Sometimes, these albums are even groundbreaking and highly influential.
Given that it’s the 10 year anniversary of progressive metal band Between The Buried And Me’s career highlight Colors, it wouldn’t be particularly surprising to see the band play it live (again), especially if the band’s recent FB status is to be believed.