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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Album Review: Between the Buried and Me – “Automata II”

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Despite my everlasting love for Colors, it’s hard to say Between the Buried and Me aren’t writing the best music of their careers right now.  After the theatrical sci-fi pomp of Coma Ecliptic the band crafted a masterful return to their heavier roots in the two-part Automata, developed as a single album before being split into two halves (for easier consumption?) with Automata I beginning the narrative of a man journeying through his own dreams, which are being broadcast to the world as cheap entertainment.  How does it end?  Four months later we finally find out with the stellar Automata II, which supplies the back half of the concept with some of the most dynamic, engaging and downright killer music the band has ever produced.   Continue reading