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Between The Buried And Me The Anatomy Of

1. Blackened - Metallica 2. Kickstart My Heart - Mötley Crüe 3. Day I Tried To Live - Soundgarden 4. Bicycle Race - Queen 5. Three Of A Perfect Pair - King Crimson 6. Us And Them - Pink Floyd 7. Geek U.S.A - The Smashing Pumpkins 8. Forced March - Earth Crisis 9. Territory - Sepultura 10. Change - Blind Melon 11. Malpractice - Faith No More 12. Little 15 - Depeche Mode 13. Cemetary Gates - Pantera 14. Colorblind - Counting Crows
2006 Victory Records
Our score 3

by Cory

The only thing I can think of lamer than a tribute album is a band deciding that they need to record an entire album themselves of cover songs. It's a bizarre cross between self-importance, shameless moneygrubbing and naivete that just boggles the mind. With The Anatomy Of, Between The Buried And Me have set out to showcase just how diverse their musical influences are by alternating between some of the most obvious choices available and some of the most random ones possible. The result is a disc that, like most covers and tribute albums, is inconsistent at best and, even at its best, completely disposable. I understand that Between The Buried And Me are on Ozzfest this year and would like to have a new release out there while they have the attention of potential new fans, but this album is just plain unnecessary. It starts off with a pretty strong rendition of Metallica's "Blackened" from the ...And Justice For All album and goes rapidly downhill from there, running the gamut from ridiculous (Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart," Blind Melon's "Change") to legendary (Pink Floyd's "Us And Them," Queen's "Bicycle Race") without ever seeming relevant in any way. If BTBAM really wanted people to know who their influences were, they could have just done an interview instead of duping their fans into paying for this record. Another unfortunate problem with The Anatomy Of is that the band is taking themselves way too seriously. This is the most straightforward set of cover songs I've ever heard, which might be kind of cool in a live setting, but on record it just turns out boring. Aside from a few places where harsh growls replace singing, BTBAM do surprisingly little to make these songs their own, opting instead to play many of them verbatim. Tommy Rogers is no Dave Gahan or Chris Cornell and he's certainly no Freddie Mercury, so his attempt to emulate their vocal styles on their respective songs proves nearly as annoying as his electronic side-project Giles. It's no shock that some of the better stuff here is their version of songs by the two bands that they bear the most similarity to stylistically: Earth Crisis and Sepultura. Now these aren't exactly gems, but they are the kind of thing that I wouldn't mind hearing as a B-side or bonus track on an import release. Additionally, their take on Faith No More's "Malpractice" is pretty much the only really adventurous performance on the disc and it definitely helped it stand out on an otherwise lackluster disc. The are two things I do give Between The Buried And Me a lot of credit for in regards to this record. The first is the musicianship, which is spot on in every instance. While it might not be that impressive in the context of a Motley Crue cover, their versions of King Crimson's "Three of a Perfect Pair" and Pantera's "Cemetary Gates" are both good examples of just how talented these guys are. The second thing that surprised me about the record was that the band didn't seem embarassed to admit their love of mid-90's mainstream rock, something many metal artists and fans might be a bit taken aback by. The band's inclusion of a Counting Crows cover (previously recorded for the Dead and Dreaming tribute album) was not particularly surprising to me though, because the band's name is actually taken from a lyric from the song "Ghost Train," off their ridiculously successful debut August and Everything After. Bottom Line: I consider myself a fan of Between The Buried And Me, especially since being blown away by Alaska, but this record is nearly dreadful on every level imaginable. If you're a diehard fan of the band, I'd urge you not to pick it up just so you don't lose respect for them. It barely works as a novelty and holds almost no replay value whatsoever.


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threexs_ 6/16/2006 2:39:37 PM

Blackened + Bicycle Race = Great covers.

din _ 7/10/2006 3:37:38 PM

3/10 LOL

john_doe_ 7/10/2006 3:38:10 PM

the oath that keeps me free from my contractual obligations with victory so i can make more money on a bigger label.

doesntmatter_ 7/10/2006 3:55:32 PM

in BTBAM's defense..the reviewer constantly bashes them, saying that this was unnnecessary, but BTBAM did this cover album to get out of their contract with Victory

anonymous 7/10/2006 3:58:14 PM

um, if that's the case, i would call it unnecessary too. Don't become a lawyer.

JB_ 7/10/2006 4:09:10 PM

BTBAM is still the best at what they do regardless if you agree or disagree with them choosing to do a cover album. It was just for fun so don't read into it so much.

anonymous 7/10/2006 4:28:41 PM


freakboy666_ 7/10/2006 4:30:34 PM

Dude, a 2 is generous. this is such a pile of shit. They butchered Blackened and every other one i've heard. 5 minutes with this cd was to much

truthsayer_ 7/10/2006 4:50:10 PM

I don't think they "butchered" anything on this record, though some tracks ("Cemetary Gates," "The Day I Tried to Live") aren't as strong as they could be. I'd give it a 6 - definitely not a must have, but not entirely a waste of money either. The King Crimson cover is ace.

bartlett_ 7/10/2006 5:08:01 PM

couldnt agree with this review more. Its obvious which songs they actually put effort into...and its only maybe 3 of the 14 songs.

generic_gimmick_ 7/10/2006 5:19:46 PM

I can't disagree with anything in this review, Cory hit the nail on the head. "Malpractice" is really the only interesting song on here, everything else was just cookie-cutter versions of the originals (with worse vocals). And the keyboard sax on "Us and Them" was really lame.

ofgo_ 7/10/2006 5:21:53 PM

ThePRP gave an 8/10 to this album.. shitty stuff

Mike_ 7/10/2006 5:50:38 PM


mike_ 7/10/2006 6:09:51 PM

a review of this review would be a 0/10

humasdust_ 7/10/2006 6:35:55 PM

It wasn't that good but I'd do it to get off Victory too.

plaguebearer_ 7/10/2006 6:59:08 PM

BTBAM can do no wrong.

jeff_ 7/10/2006 7:01:33 PM

first of all, this album wasn't to get off victory. i know that first hand, they still have a couple releases to go. second of all, this album is to help support them on ozzfest...considering the label fronts $75,000 for second stage acts to get on the damn thing (rediculous) so, thats *part* of the reason this album was released. hope that helps.

twodegreesbelow_ 7/10/2006 7:36:31 PM

anyone who thinks this shitty f*cking band put out this shitty f*cking cd to get out of their shitty f*cking contract is a f*cking moron. these dudes should be thanking their lucky stars a label of victory's caliber would even consider releasing their records. there's no where to go but down.

cdog_ 7/10/2006 7:39:13 PM

honestly, i really enjoyed this cd.... i found it to be really fun... i love the soundgarden cover.

Ryne_ 7/10/2006 8:07:19 PM

Yeah... I totally disagree with this review. I was a little disappointed, but the whole "has no replay" statement is shit.

El-Suqa-Mydik_ 7/10/2006 8:27:50 PM

Its no shock to me....that Cory sucks balls.

ckk_ 7/10/2006 9:48:01 PM

"a label of victory's caliber " hahaha yea, 'cause Victory is such an impecable label with some of today's most incredible and respected bands, right?? ha

xtroyx_ 7/10/2006 9:55:00 PM

hah go team victory! comback kid, with honor, silverstein, dead to fall.. some of the worlds best. hah

xnvb_ 7/10/2006 10:38:01 PM

great band, but spot on review. this disc was terrible, and i agree wholeheartedly. covers are supposed to be the band's own spin on influential songs, not dead on note for note covers.

beartraps_ 7/10/2006 10:46:57 PM

f*ck this band

beartraps_ 7/10/2006 10:48:05 PM

and f*ck victory

Fuck Victory_ 7/11/2006 12:39:28 AM

Hey lambgoat in response to this..."It's a bizarre cross between self-importance, shameless moneygrubbing and naivete that just boggles the mind. " This album could just be a way to get out of their contract. I know for a fact Victory likes to f*ck over all their bands.

patrik_ 7/11/2006 12:47:52 AM

bad review, it takes balls to cover those bands, especially king crimson who owns every band out there, it shows another side of them as musicians obviously this album was not meant for you

neil_ 7/11/2006 1:19:35 AM

dude, f*ck you cory and f*ck all of your reviews you worthless piece of shit. biased motherf*cker. go f*ck yourself bitch

Coley Thrash_ 7/11/2006 1:31:55 AM

I just want to say to you Cory, if you're reading this, that I have lost the little respect I had for your reviews. Not due to the fact that I love the album, I definitely respect your opinion. It's your shameless display of musical pretentiousness that really threw me. "This song is from that album, ACTUALLY they are named after a Counting Crows songs regardless if that anecdote has anything to do with this record." I'm a fan, and I was not "duped" into buying this record. I strongly beli

Dyami_LIAV_ 7/11/2006 2:04:24 AM

I disagree with this review on pretty much every level, and enjoy the disc thoroughly. Not bashing Cory, I tend to think some of his reviews are a good read, but this one is probably the most I've been against. Also don't see why people get so worked up over 1 person's opinion. Seriously.

drewcifer_ 7/11/2006 9:55:35 AM

i agree with this review 100%. every word in this review is dead-on correct.

zero_x_potential_ 7/11/2006 1:30:40 PM

Accurate review.

united_ninety_three_ 7/11/2006 1:58:48 PM

the best cover by far here is three of a perfect pair, and the worst is definitely malpractice. not a bad cd, but not worth purchasing either.

Jhanc_ 7/11/2006 2:00:50 PM

This band really sucks, as does this album. Excellent review, spot on.

xthardingx_ 7/11/2006 2:18:35 PM


Yeahyouwould_ 7/11/2006 3:49:34 PM

shit band

TreuColorsDontRun_ 7/11/2006 4:32:05 PM

btbam is one of the most talented bands out there. whoever thinks they don't deserve where they are is a f*cking idiot. period.

ronniefuckingdobbs_ 7/11/2006 4:33:36 PM

if you didn't pay for the cd, its worth it. if you did, you're an idiot for paying for a cover cd.

Burley_ 7/11/2006 7:02:14 PM

the Sax on "us and them" isnt a keyboard... its a sax. true story

twodegreesbelow_ 7/11/2006 7:43:32 PM

"a label of victory's caliber " hahaha yea, 'cause Victory is such an impecable label with some of today's most incredible and respected bands, right?? ha posted by ckk () on 7/10/2006 9:48:01 PM---------------------------------------------------------------------------------nowhere did i mention the quality of the music victory was releasing. anyone who has been paying attention since 1999 realizes victory sucks horse shit now. that isnt the issue. the point i was trying to make before you t

YOU GUYS LIKE BALLS_ 7/11/2006 7:54:27 PM

They still have two more cd's with victory you MORONS. read before you leave comments. Three other people have written the same thing that I am writing, its wasn't about there contract. King Crimson was awesome, Pantera was lame along with the rest of the cd. Cory is a moron along with everyone that posts on this website. Victory sucks my ass and so does every band that is calls themselves "hardcore". Hardcore bands should not even be aloud to call themselves musicians let alone even buy an inst

efyourbrokencouch_ 7/11/2006 8:14:23 PM

stole this from hottopic today.. no way i'd pay for this.

Tony "Tubes" Byron_ 7/11/2006 8:49:05 PM

Seriously, f*ck Victory and everything they stand for...they push all the wrong bands...oh what's that, perfect murder or whatever their name is lost their singer again and they're on WHAT tour? why isn't motherf*cking RINGWORM on more tours? f*ck it all. -Tubes

eaglesbecomevultures_ 7/11/2006 10:01:57 PM


girls who run_ 7/12/2006 10:12:02 AM

finally, a good review

ben_ 7/12/2006 11:19:57 AM

I will no longer take your reviews seriously. This album is a display of talent, of wich you are apparently blind to.

Nowak_ 7/12/2006 12:59:33 PM

sure, the covers are mostly straightforward, but i think the coolness of the album lies in the song selection. i like that they're putting out the message that it's okay to venture outside of whatever musical genre you may be stuck in. you know, don't feel weird about liking different styles across the board. BTBAM is amazing, and i really dug this album; if it gets one 15-year-old to pick up faith no more's "angel dust", then it has certainly done it's job.

onemoremotherfucker_ 7/12/2006 10:44:30 PM

Regardless of whatever people want to read into it, I would hope that BTBAM recorded this for the fun of it and to pay tribute to some kickass bands. I'll agree that some tracks were less exciting than others, but these guys have proven their talents once again... This deserves a 6 or 7.

monarchy_ 7/13/2006 4:37:11 AM

most of these tracks were solid, a few were mehhhh choices... shit review though, only thing cory nailed was calling out the sketchy motley crue cover.

xdaretoscreamx_ 7/13/2006 6:51:07 AM

*if you read this you're a gay*

xdaretoscreamx_ 7/13/2006 6:51:33 AM


brettnbutler_ 7/13/2006 10:31:44 AM

i'm with the first guy the metallica and queen covers are awesome. The rest of it is pretty much garbage.

yep_ 7/13/2006 3:57:12 PM

" his attempt to emulate their vocal styles on their respective songs proves nearly as annoying as his electronic side-project Giles." YEP

ckk_ 7/13/2006 6:21:09 PM

"twodegreesbelow", if BTBAM is lucky for support from Victory, then what does that say about the other tripe on the label that BTBAM is clearly far superior than? If anything, Victory is lucky to be able to say they are home such a talented band.

xcattlex_ 7/14/2006 3:33:10 PM

i just totally barfed on my dick

tommy_ 7/15/2006 12:34:18 AM

If they wanted to record a CD to get out of their contract, they could have set up a 4 track at a show and release a live album. That would save alot of time and effort.

jweav_ 7/16/2006 2:12:39 AM

Though musically gifted, BTBAM somehow became boring as f*ck. Not a care in the world about the band or various rumors about tasteless Victory Records or this waste-of-time-and-money cover album. I just like to throw two cents in the direction of certain subjects in which my opinion will be unappreciated because I'm bored and life sucks.

anonymous 7/16/2006 1:04:56 PM

horrible band

anonymous 7/16/2006 1:24:29 PM

BTBAM is the best talented band.

anonymous 7/16/2006 1:25:08 PM

They have so much talent that it pisses me off!!

Linus_ 7/16/2006 5:40:42 PM

The vocals make it sopund like church music hahaha.

Linus_ 7/16/2006 5:41:30 PM


matt_ 7/17/2006 10:20:47 AM

f*cking retarded review

Dave2112_ 7/18/2006 6:08:42 AM

Hahaha This review met my opinion of this monstrosity of a cover album perfectly. Terrible in every regard... Nothing was done to make these songs even remotely interesting and the production was waaay over-cooked.

burzum_ 7/18/2006 10:36:51 AM

The FNM track is an embarrassment. "Blackened" & "Forced March" were done well (competently) among others. it was good for one listen or so, thats about it due their lack of creativity with the songs selected.

Get a real Review_ 7/18/2006 5:28:13 PM

Between the Buried is amazing and lambgoat has bullshit reviews, damn every time i read a review on a good band like BTBAM they make the band look like crap. Makes me sick how shitty these people are at reviewing bands. They probably gave the new Bury your dead cd a 10 out of 10. ((gays))

Dave2112_ 7/18/2006 6:44:57 PM

Listen guy, we're all pretty much fans of BTBAM, but that doesnt mean when they take a giant shit in Digital format, we'll all hail it as a modern marvel of metal. It is crap dude. And yeah, the new Bury Your Dead turns this BTBAM cover album into toilet paper, Im sorry.

glitch_ 9/5/2006 1:25:14 PM

Amazing band, average CD... better than 3/10 though.

anonymous 1/12/2007 4:11:26 PM

why did they even give anything for this gay crap

Nigga please_ 5/15/2007 1:57:23 PM

Good to ok album and f*ck victory. Not jumping on the "f*ck Victory" band wagon, but its true from what I read of former bands they had and former employees. They screw over all their bands and make their workers due things like if they were a f*cking mafia or at most a shitty little nieghborhood gang sometimes trying to put "hits" or threaten not just haters but sometimes even their own bands or people. Its true! Oh yeah, like someone said about the reviewer he never gives this band the respect

CSLSr_ 3/14/2009 9:44:40 PM

I really like this album, and yes, they are obvious choices, for any other band, but this is undeniably the best versions of all these songs. Except territory, but it was close. BTBAM did these songs far superior to the original artists...there, i said it

sukamakok_ 3/7/2011 3:16:36 PM

f u i give it 4/10 nigga u smell like french fries

seriously?_ 6/14/2011 3:36:42 AM

Reading this review actually hurt. Cory is f*cking retarded.

anonymous 8/5/2015 8:56:16 AM

This is the most inaccurate review of a band's work in history. Cory, you should be f*cking ashamed to call yourself a fan of music; let alone, metal.

anonymous 4/28/2017 7:22:01 AM

We should all accept that Cory has totally and utterly missed the point here.