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Blake Richardson (Between the Buried and Me): Six Songs To Die With

Between The Buried And Me (and Glass Casket) drummer Blake Richardson chooses Six Songs To Die With.

Blake Richardson

We have neither the budget nor the imagination of BBC Radio, so we've borrowed from their Desert Island Discs program to bring you our own scaled down version, dubbed Six Songs To Die With. We ask a noteworthy musical guest to select the six songs they'd be stranded with on an obligatory desert island. Hypothetically, said guest will be dying on this island, so they've been advised to choose wisely. Selections appear in no particular order.

Few bands in our so-called scene command as much respect as Between The Buried And Me. This talented group of musician can shift between technical death metal, progressive rock, and experimental metal without breaking a sweat, all while remaining one of indie metal's top-selling artists. We'd be remiss if at least one member of BTBAM didn't participate in this feature series. Consequently, we reached out to drummer Blake Richardson, who kindly delivered.

Blake Richardson: First off, I want to state that these aren't necessarily my six favorite songs of all time or anything. It would be virtually impossible for me to try and narrow my favorite songs down to a single digit number! I am approaching this in somewhat of a literal sense. I imagine that, if I am dying by slowly wasting away on a deserted island, these would be some really really good tracks to go with. Also, there is a particular order in which I would like to listen to these tracks as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death, so here it goes...


"Corridor of Chameleons"

Blake Richardson: Let's just start off with some serious raging. Meshuggah has definitely established themselves as being one of the metal greats. Now, even though I would probably label Destroy Erase Improve as my favorite record of theirs, this song hits harder than a sledgehammer swing from Ronnie Coleman. It has, without a doubt, one of the greatest breakdowns of all time (see 2:24). Those of you who know this track know what I'm talking about. It is an inarguable fact. Being a fan of metal and all things heavy, I have to pick at least one heavy track to go with. Why not take one from one of the heaviest bands ever?

Pain of Salvation

"Iter Impius."

Blake Richardson: Now let's start our transition out of the heaviness and start getting a little emotional. I mean, death IS pretty much one of the most emotional experiences a person has, so I would like to accompany it with probably one of the most powerful choruses I've ever heard! Pain of Salvation is one of the more interesting prog rock bands that are kicking it today. Every time they put out a new record, you truly have no clue what you are going to get, but somehow it always ends up being so awesome that I have it on repeat on my iPod for weeks on end. The "BE" live dvd got me sold on this band for sure. This track is somewhat of a climax of the record, conceptually and musically, and has such an epic and catchy chorus. It's just a great song that has always stood out amongst their discography.

Clint Mansell

"Stay with Me"

Blake Richardson: One of my favorite films. One of my favorite soundtracks. Clint Mansell is one of the best composers out there right now. He is one of those film scorers that if a movie comes out that I'm not even particularly interested in seeing, but he is scoring it, I have to check it out. I've always been interested film scoring and composing. The way the instrumentation is used to reflect moods and emotion on film is very fascinating to me. Clint Mansell is a pro at this. For example, when this theme first arrives in the film, you automatically get that feeling of attachment and unwillingness to leave things behind, much like how one might feel if he or she were about to die on a shitty deserted island. But then again, if the island sucks, then you would probably want to leave. Hopefully the island is not THAT shitty. As long as there a couple palm trees and some coconuts, I can deal with it.

Gustavo Santaolalla

"Endless Flight"

Blake Richardson: My brother actually introduced me to this song. He had recently come back from a trip in Japan and wanted to make a little compilation of the things he had filmed while he was there. He decided to use this song as its "score". You can actually view the video here. This is one of those songs that can be listened to in ANY setting of relaxation. I'm pretty sure it's on my "go to sleep" playlist that I have on my iPod for tour. It's just a great track to wind down to at the end of the day. It is intentionally placed here as not only being a great song itself but also as a transition.

Hans Zimmer


Blake Richardson: What can I say? I'm a sucker for soundtracks. Who better to include in this list than one of the best film composers of our time?... The ZIMM! Now even if you didn't particularly care for Inception, I think it is agreeable across the board that the soundtrack for this movie is timeless. It complements the movie in such a way that I feel it wouldn't have as much critical acclaim if it weren't for Zimmer's sublime use of elegant, epic, and powerful themes. Not only that, it's the simplicity of Zimmer's scores that I particularly enjoy. I mean, the theme for Batman in the Christopher Nolan films is pretty much two notes! Anyways, this specific track comes at the end of the film and fulfills the superb task of relaying the feeling of release and completion of a long and emotional journey, much like life itself! It also conveys a a feeling of readiness and acceptance, which I believe is a perfect compliment to one's transition from life to death.


"Bohemian Rhapsody"

Blake Richardson: Well If I'm gonna out, I'm gonna go out with arguably one of the best songs ever written. I know it seems typical to put this song in any sort of "top songs" list but you can't deny how powerful and moving this track really is. I'm sort of fortunate that I was turned onto Queen at an early age. I think that must have been what sparked my interest in more eclectic and progressive musical genres back in the day. But no matter what your musical preference is, EVERYONE knows Bohemian Rhapsody. It's one of the few songs out there that is absolutely timeless. We have actually been covering part of it on this recent tour in Europe and it really proves how far it has reached. No matter what country we play... Germany, Italy, Belgium, Sweden ... the crowd always flips out when we play it. There is a reason for that. It's just a legendary song. ...annnnnnnnd then.... I die. G'bye.


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anonymous 11/1/2012 1:43:09 PM

gay list

anonymous 11/1/2012 5:18:02 PM

what no Suicide Silence

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:21:24 AM

Suicide Silence would make this a 'gay list'. Thousands of people just died in the northeast due to Sandy but you don't seen anyone mourning their death, but rather a mediocre singer's death. Rage kiddos.

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:22:46 AM

How is it a gay list? Because he didn't post a bunch of metal bands? These are a lot of his influences and they have obviously shaped him into one of the most distinctive, creative drummers today.

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:32:25 AM

Hahah thousands.. 35 people have died from Sandy. I'm not disrespecting Mitch, that really blows but get your facts straight

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:40:40 AM

Thousands of people dead? Last time I checked it was below 100 http://www.nydailynews.com /new-york/hurricane-sandy- death-toll-reaches-74-arti cle-1.1195335

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:45:28 AM

mitch lucker wasnt even a singer, he screamed. which anyone can do.

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:45:37 AM

Amazing list!! Each song aside from the meshuggah have amazing note contrast. I'm a huge fan of allowing melody to create mood, and nothing is better to do that than scores. I have actually adopted the Zimmer style of note contrast composition, and have lended it to the melodic hardcore songs I write. Great diversity!

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:46:25 AM

hey anon alking about sandy, noones mourning it huh? how bout the millions that have been raised by random citizens to try and help?

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:47:10 AM


anonymous 11/2/2012 9:58:18 AM

To be fair I can't believe any of you are using death as a justification for "rage kiddos" or just generally arguing. They're human lives. They're all equal, stop using them as a tool for petty arguments and respect that ALL of these people's families and friends will be devastated right now. Show some respect.

anonymous 11/2/2012 10:00:34 AM

it's actually been over 40 you gay

anonymous 11/2/2012 10:19:00 AM

everyone should stop bitching and just enjoy the music. skiddelyduds, PEACE.

anonymous 11/2/2012 10:33:51 AM

Good list, especially zimmer and queen

anonymous 11/2/2012 10:53:31 AM

All of you Mitch haters can so suck on your mom's dck. There's no need to bring him, or the Sandy victim's into this. You're all probably just upset that no one will care about any of you when you all die. Eat shit and have a nice day.

anonymous 11/2/2012 5:50:59 PM

I knew you were gonna choose Meshuggah. I would've cheated and said "I" though. Nevertheless, rad f*ckin list Blake.

anonymous 11/2/2012 9:07:47 PM

My last song before I die: "Goodbye To Everything Reprise"

anonymous 11/4/2012 7:17:02 AM

Best List so far from any of these interviews.

anonymous 11/4/2012 8:30:19 AM

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anonymous 11/4/2012 1:28:47 PM

Great choice on the Clint Mansell, homie. I personally find "Death is the Road to Awe" from that same score to be the most powerful composition/recording of all time. I like how you have a good slew of movie stuff on there - score tunes are the best. Corridor and Bohemian Rhapsody are great choices too.

anonymous 11/4/2012 8:54:29 PM

Awesome!!! Anything that has ANYTHING to do with btbam is great! Us here in Adelaide, Australia are very patiently waiting!! SO EXCITED.

bees 11/5/2012 10:23:55 PM

as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death as I slowly slip into the sweet release of death

anonymous 11/6/2012 1:04:31 AM

That's my favourite Meshuggah song. Blake I am proud

anonymous 11/9/2012 11:16:32 PM

Usually A mature musician have this kind of list. Why???? Coz they understand every details of the talent of the music ...When I was in highschool I thought Slayer or Cannibal Corpse are hard to play on drum but when it becomes easy, you'll appreciate and understand more different kind music, like Fusion jazz etc and you'll understand how hard to play them...

anonymous 11/11/2012 11:21:45 AM

Brian enos soundtrack for the film "the jacket" is really good as well.

anonymous 11/15/2012 10:30:22 PM

Damn kids now a days have no taste in music.

anonymous 12/5/2012 6:54:33 PM

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anonymous 2/24/2013 2:23:19 PM

The list is great :) the only thing i would change is maybe Gustavo Santaolalla to Dream THeater - The Spirit Carries on.. i mean ''If I die tomorrow I'd be allright Because I believe That after we're gone The spirit carries on'' Thats just says it all.... Good one Blake!!!