Album Review: Between the Buried and Me — “Colors II”

What is there to say about Between the Buried and Me that hasn’t already been said?  What is there to say about Colors that hasn’t already been said?  Between the Buried and Me are one of those very special bands where everyone has a different favorite album by them.  However, for the overwhelming majority, it’s Colors, which is pretty near universally beloved.  How, and why, then, would the band ever try to put out an album like Colors II, one that at first glance might seem like a quick and easy way to cash in on something that they know will be a home run.  Taking a deeper look, however, reveals this release as something much more important and much more personal.

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Between the Buried and Me’s Tommy Rogers on “Colors II,” making videos, their impending tour, a look back on the band’s history, and much more!

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Between the Buried and Me have blazed their own path and done things their own way now for some twenty years and change. So with a pandemic raging and nothing much else to do, they decided to record the follow up to their 2007 opus Colors, lovingly titled Colors II. Whether you go the Wikipedia route and call it new wave polka grunge or the band’s route and call it adult contemporary progressive death metal, it kind of all fits and this is why the band is so endeared by its fans or, on the flip side, at arm’s length to outsiders. Either way you slice it, Colors II is epic, colorful, and wildly entertaining.  With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with Tommy Rogers via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Boss Keloid’s Ste Arands on “Family the Smiling Thrush,” band and sound evolution, Toto, and much more!

Over the course of, now, five albums with Family the Smiling ThrushBoss Keloid have gone from stoner metal to a progressive metal giant. They defy easy categorization and genre tags by keeping fans, and new listeners, on their toes with an amalgamation of styles and varying degrees of heaviness. To put it plain, no one else is doing what this band is doing, nor has the balls to put themselves out there like they do. And it works, tremendously so. Head inside for an in depth discussion via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Embracing the Descent: May 2 – 8, 2021

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Two weeks in a row with this thing. Maybe we make it three? We’ll see, but I told you that bottle of Russell’s Reserve wouldn’t go to waste. This year is the year that artists are making a splash even though the world is still in this hell of a mess we’ve been in for…too long. Read up, listen up, and try these on for size and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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Album Review: DVNE – “Etemen Ænka”

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My first exposure to DVNE came late in the cycle for their sophomore album Asheran, but it was enough to put their crushing blend of sludge and progressive rock/metal onto my end of year list for 2017. It took a few years before appetites were whetted with the Omega Severer single/EP, and now we have the proper follow-up in the form of Etemen Ænka. This one is a little more of a grower, the songs more up front and in your face, but as things start to expand (particularly on the second half) all the reasons I came to love the band in the first place begin to flower.

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