Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: October 9, 2012
There are albums from bands that put out consistent work. Then, there are phenomenal albums from bands that keep raising the bar for themselves with each release. Between The Buried and Me fall into the elite latter. This Raleigh, North Carolina quintet have not reinvented themselves, but rather, reintroduced themselves with each release. Whether it is the first exposure in their self-titled debut or even their eclectic covers album, The Anatomy Of, Between The Buried And Me have always put their best foot possible forward. The development within their latest release on Metal Blade Records is an exciting apex to bear witness to with The Parallax II: Future Sequence.
There were some reviews of The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues that concluded the album was difficult to follow or too convoluted. I could not disagree more. And if those critics thought the first part of this series was too difficult for them, then consider Parallax II to be the extreme difficulty setting. The degree by which to rate this album or its predecessor is as a whole continual work of art. There should be no focus tracks for radio play, but rather a point to focus on from start to stop. This album is more than just a recording of songs; it’s a novel for your ears and a real damn good one to boot. We begin with harmonies reminiscent of the Bee Gees and then dive into layered precise metal that is straight up organic. It’s as calibrated and designed as any mechanical marvel, but this flows as simple and elegant as water.
Doing a track by track review just isn’t acceptable to me on this album as I stated above. I can’t break this album apart as it would be an injustice to their creation. Listen to it once. Then, listen to it again to hear the things you missed. Then, keep listening to it and soak every little nuance of this masterpiece in. There are those who were turned off by their frenetic mixture of styles on previous albums, but as with all good bands that grow and refine, Between The Buried And Me are here to deliver their best to date.
Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this album. Grab your headphones and enjoy!