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.