Between The Buried And Me - Colors review


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Band: Between The Buried And Me
Album: Colors
Release date: September 2007

01. Foam Born (A) The Backtrack
02. (B) The Decade Of Statues
03. Informal Gluttony
04. Sun Of Nothing
05. Ants Of The Sky
06. Prequel To The Sequel
07. Viridian
08. White Walls

The past Between The Buried And Me albums saw the band slowly improving on their trademark style, honing their skills in small iterations and progressively becoming more interesting. Alaska, with its intelligent song writing and occasional bursts of genius, already seemed like it could be the pinnacle of the band's evolution; however, this is just because we haven't heard Colors at that point. It only takes the first two minutes of this album to completely shatter all expectations and leave the listener wide eyed and with a gaping chasm where their mouth used to be.

Much is being said about genre-hopping and hybrid styles in metal music these days; however, the genius of Colors is that it transcends genre classification and stands on its own. Pundits will of course pick out numerous influences (Emperor on "Foam Born: The Backtrack", The Beatles on "Sun Of Nothing", Pink Floyd on "Ants Of The Sky", Napalm Death on "Informal Gluttony" etc.) but the truth remains that these are all concise and deliberate musical pieces, rather than the haphazard blender many other bands churn out. It is through song writing that Colors shines so bright: there is no place for boredom throughout the 64 minute running time, even though it is essentially a suite with a narrative arc, rather than a collection of separate songs. Picking favourites is therefore a waste of time. Just know that you will experience unbridled brutality and tranquil beauty, and both will sound just as appropriate when you hear them. It is music with a sense of purpose and with unique character - traits that set Between The Buried And Me and Colors far ahead of any competition.

Colors is without a doubt one of the greatest achievements of 2007 and should therefore at least be heard by anyone interested in contemporary metal. It is also a beacon of hope for modern metal music, since it proves that there is place for innovation on the scene. Highly recommended.


Written on 17.04.2008 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.


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18.04.2008 - 11:14
Perfect review for an almost perfect album. This was undoubtedly one of the best and most innovative albums of 2007, and one of these albums that definitely stand the test of time. I think I hadn't heard so much genius in the songwriting department for quite a long time. I especially liked how they included odd and rather unusual non metal elements (like that hoedown part on "Ants Of The Sky" - Cynic fans will love this track btw) and make them sound as if they were the only things that could fit in that very place.
I still listen to it on at least a weekly basis. It's on its way to become a cult album for me, it's that good
18.04.2008 - 11:23
Will defnitly check this album then.
18.04.2008 - 14:29
Spot on bro! I've been diggin this album for quite some time now.
18.04.2008 - 15:00
Noted. Will also be checking this one out
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18.04.2008 - 17:19
One of the best 2007 albums for sure
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19.04.2008 - 00:24
Dane Train
Beers & Kilts
At last, someone reviewed this amazing album! Yes, this was not only one of the best Metalcore albums, or Progressive Metal albums, but hands down, one of the best Metal albums of 2007. There is a reason Mike Portnoy picked these guys to open up for Dream Theater.

Great review!
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19.04.2008 - 01:11
I think Alaska is much better. The production on this album is weird.
19.04.2008 - 20:07
The Summoner
Good review.. in my top 10 of 2007 for certain. Alaska became boring for me after the first few European metal inspired tracks and the albums before were mainly a yawn. I couldn't get into their technical but messy deathcore sound, save a few notable songs. They've finally got their sound right and the themes are actually meaningful.
19.04.2008 - 23:20
Allright, heard it and disliked it...

Written by Deadsoulman on 18.04.2008 at 11:14

(like that hoedown part on "Ants Of The Sky" - Cynic fans will love this track btw)

... except this track which is indeed interesting.
20.04.2008 - 06:41
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This album blew me away
20.06.2008 - 08:42
I, The Quatropus
Amazing album, hands down. I listen to it at least 6 times on a daily basis. Experimental at it's best. 10/10!
Burzum did it for the lulz
20.06.2008 - 18:27
Very ambitious but on all observations it is far from perfect, and eclectic metal is far from becoming new, it is what is modern metal.
Nice review, transcends? could be, it is not a perfect blend, even tho it has a constant musicial base to it
all, what is very important to this type of approach.
02.07.2008 - 02:43
Thanks for reviewing this. I wasn't aware that BtBaM began making worthwhile albums.

Colors is actually quite good.
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem.
By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.
01.12.2008 - 08:40
...this album made me go see them live a couple of weeks ago actually...i heard them with dream theater before but didn't like them...a friend made me listen to this album and i liked them...but i still don't like most of their past albums though...
Live how you want just don't feed on me, if you doubt what I say I will make you believe...
19.05.2009 - 17:22
Red Nightmare
Ehi, I like metalcore!
IntoPlighT said: "Slipknot is 15 years old how the fuck is that Nu metal?"

22.06.2009 - 22:49
Fat & Sassy!
These guys annoying me beyond belief. This album sure didn't change my mind. I can handle a little wankery and a little bit of core stuff... but not this. It's just too much.
"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
29.06.2009 - 21:04
Great fusion of metalcore and progressive elements.One of the best albums of 2007 for sure
02.07.2009 - 18:04
I have to say, after a month or so of listening, I think that this album has some of the best transitions between songs of any album out there. The whole cd just flows.
"I am not superstitious, but I'm a little 'stitious." - Michael Scott
28.07.2009 - 18:51
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A solid 10 for me
06.08.2009 - 23:59
Metal slave
I don't see the mass appeal....

my attempt to categorize their sound: Progressive Death Metal
07.08.2009 - 02:56
Au Pays Natal
I dunno...just something about his voice...and the machine gun drums..over and over and over...about 6 outta 10 for me
09.06.2010 - 02:04
Written by tea[m]ster on 07.08.2009 at 02:56

I dunno...just something about his voice...and the machine gun drums..over and over and over...about 6 outta 10 for me

You shouldn't listen to metalcore then
10.06.2010 - 04:30
Au Pays Natal
Written by opeth771 on 09.06.2010 at 02:04

Written by tea[m]ster on 07.08.2009 at 02:56

I dunno...just something about his voice...and the machine gun drums..over and over and over...about 6 outta 10 for me

You shouldn't listen to metalcore then

Isn't Mastodon metalcore? I love them. Name some other metalcore bands...i'll check em out and see if i dig them
19.03.2011 - 22:53
Mastodon is noisecore
19.03.2011 - 22:58
hi-fi / lo-life
Was noisecore
12.04.2011 - 01:33
<3<3<3 Love this album, these guys truly are the dream theater of metalcore.
13.08.2011 - 03:35
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Written by Dangerboner on 19.04.2008 at 01:11

I think Alaska is much better. The production on this album is weird.

Yeah there is something about the production.. something odd about the mix. Sounds kinda Flat? Can't describe it.
13.02.2012 - 21:49
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Hmm, I need to check this out!
forever bummed out
26.09.2012 - 00:23
I applaud you for using the word 'chasm'. Good review.

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