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Between The Buried And Me - Colors
1. Foam Born (A) The Backtrack
2. (B) The Decade Of Statues
3. Informal Gluttony
4. Sun Of Nothing
5. Ants Of The Sky
6. Prequel To The Sequel
7. Viridian
8. White Walls
2007 Victory Records

Reviewed by: Nick   //   Published: 10/3/2007

There's no denying the impact that Between the Buried and Me has had on the hardcore and metal scene since the group's beginning in 2001. The band's brand of progressive metalcore has influenced countless other acts, all while consistently broadening their songwriting scope with each release. Furthermore, their technical aptitude and near-flawless live performances only add to their lengthy list of credentials. Love 'em or hate 'em, these guys have set the standard for the technical metalcore genre as of late.

Now, with their fourth full-length (kindly overlooking last year's blatant misstep of a cover record), BTBAM once again puts forth a progressive songwriting effort throughout the duration of Colors. The opening track, "Foam Born (A) The Back Track," takes on a piano ballad form, as it slowly builds and adds a dose of arpeggio synth lines, a tongue-in-cheek take on their own sweep-heavy guitar work. As the album moves into "(B) The Decade of Statues," BTBAM returns to their familiar sound, a carefully executed blast of metalcore along the lines of much of what was heard on The Silent Circus. "Viridian," a three minute long instrumental interlude featuring smooth guitar work and complementary ambience, excels greatly in its execution and serves as an excellent transitional track, leading into the disc's closing number, "White Walls." The spotlight track moves effortlessly between a wide range of groove, power, and tech metal influences to a softer melodic mid-section accompanied by the somber singing of "This is all we have when we die / It's what's left of us when we die / We will be remembered for this." "White Walls" is a perfect example of the band being at the top of their game, and it's no surprise that past BTBAM fans should have little problem finding a lot to like about the majority of Colors.

Unfortunately, it's the rest of Colors, the minority, that clogs up the spotlight. Past releases have shown that no sound is beyond the band's vision, a mindset initially heard in the stark juxtapositions of melody and abrasiveness on their self-titled release, and reaffirmed by the mid-disc departure of The Silent Circus and a few of the borderline-gratuitous touches of Alaska. Looking to once again up the ante, BTBAM included a number of off-the-wall musical helpings, but this time it just proved to be too much. Without a common thematic element, including things like tribal drumming ("Informal Gluttony"), polka-esque grooves with childish whining ("Sun of Nothing"), and a bluegrass jam accompanied by background saloon sounds ("Ants of the Sky"), is completely unnecessary. It's as if Colors suddenly transforms into an unfunny Crotchduster record. Did the band lose a bet while in the studio These parts aren't brilliant, nor are they a sign of progressive musicianship. They're weak attempts at garnering attention and any experienced listener should have no trouble immediately recognizing it. It's a shame that such a small portion of Colors can have such a negative effect on the praise-worthy majority of the album. It may be disappointing, but it's the unfortunate consequence of not understanding the difference between experimental and just plain out of place.

Bottom Line: Most of Colors features everything that listeners have come to expect from Between the Buried and Me: excellent musicianship, a wide range of well-executed metal and hardcore influences, and progressive songwriting. But these positives somehow manage to be overshadowed by the few, but incredibly prominent musical gratuities that plague the record. Eighty-five percent of this record is great, while the rest ranges from unmoving to downright embarrassing. And that's just not going to cut it.

anonymous   posted 10/1/2014 6:17:52 AM
If the guy had done any research ahead of time, he would know that the album was written as one 64 minute long song that was broken into tracks. Just because they want to have a little fun with a blue grass saloon doesn't mean they lack progression at all. And I'm sorry the tribal drumming only enhances the epic guitar riff that guides that song. The purpose of a review is to be objective, something that was clearly not done here.
ShreddieVanWhailin_   posted 6/8/2011 3:37:49 PM
Dear Reviewer,
You Have No Taste In Music If You Think This Album Isnt Flawless. Kill Yourself.
Nick_   posted 8/11/2010 2:59:03 PM
im a fat 36 year old virgin who plays computer games and beats off all day and cant review worth shit.
Steve_Haize_   posted 6/2/2010 11:24:06 AM
Nick better have been fired after this review. 6 out of 10? really? EASILY a 10 if you know wtf you're talking about.
nick_   posted 3/29/2010 12:11:13 AM
I revoke this entire review. My puny mind just couldn't handle its awesomeness. I originally gave it a 6 b/c at the time i was into being a pretentious gay.


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