23:53 - Sunny Pagliaccio Note to self: Do NOT open links on max volume in the middle of a quiet night. Otherwise, not bad. :D
23:52 - Apothecary Fast food workers planning a strike in support of $15/hour wages next month. I'm a tutor in a reading lab at a college and I don't even make that much, a bit of an overestimation of one's importance, don'tcha think?
01. Goodbye To Everything 02. Astral Body 03. Lay Your Ghosts To Rest 04. Autumn 05. Extremophile Elite 06. Parallax 07. The Black Box 08. Telos 09. Bloom 10. Melting City 11. Silent Flight Parliament 12. Goodbye To Everything Reprise
Guest musicians Amos Williams - spoken word Walter Fancourt - bass clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone Ricky Alexander - violin Julian Hanshaw - tuba Maddox Giles - alien noises
Additional info Recorded May/June of 2012 at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jamie King.
Produced by Between the Buried and Me and Jamie King.
Additional production editing: Kevin King.
Art & design: Chandler Owen.
I don't know what to call the initial barrier that a listener usually has with albums like this, but it has been empirically proven that such a phenomenon exists, and most probably you will have to experience it if you dare take upon the journey laid out by the one and only Between The Buried And Me on their new album.
Between The Buried And Me is a foreign entity. Their music is out of this world and these aliens keep up the good form with The Parallax II: Future Sequence. They really know how to make challenging prog, and what's better than a concept album? Expect the usual head-spinning craziness, mind-blowing sequences and crushing discharges. A truly unique voyage.
As far as I'm concerned BTBAM continues to cement thier musical genius here. They seem to be a way under-rated band. I think Ktulu in his review was spot on in saying that once a listener breaks through the enigmatic barrier he is rewarded each consecutive listen. And that goes for any album, imo.
The opening track showcases Tommy's ever-improving vocals. How can a man sound so brutal one minute and so sweet the next? I like how they're beginning to have songs and parts of songs where they let it be beautiful without overcomplicating it; track 1 is a great example of this. I kept waiting for a crazy rollercoaster part to come in and instead it just rang out sweetly - and then on into the awesome intro to Astral Body (great video for that song btw).
Of course one could easily pick apart each song and every instrument for a week straight and still be unpacking little gems of prowess, but suffice to say that they remain one of prog-metals most talented bands and this album only strengthens thier catalogue.