Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (EP) [2011]

Posted in metalcore,progressive metal by deek on April 8, 2011

On paper a two part series of conceptually linked releases relating to a pair of space age characters facing similar issues light years apart sounds a bit eccentric. In fact, it sounds more like something spawned from the LSD damaged gray matter of Mastodon than that of Between The Buried And Me. But with “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues“, these North Carolina natives have blasted off in exactly that direction. This three track, 30 minute long release represents many of the finer points of Between The Buried And Me and the progressive tech metal juggernaut they have become. Given the heady concept the band are exploring one would expect them to employ a Cynic-like onslaught of space rock and digital effects. Ever the ones to avoid the status quo though, the group instead veer off in a more organic direction, going so far as to erupt into some surprisingly frivolous Mr. Bungle-reminiscent moments. As with any Between The Buried And Me release, the band exhibit an exceptional grasp of their individual instruments, tearing through stunningly complex arrangements with blistering performances. It seems any band can shred with proficiency these days though and depth is where Between The Buried And Me repeatedly set themselves apart. Whether it be the haunting organic tinges of the ever looming keys, the unexpected dips into slide guitars and what even sounds like an accordion on “Augment Of Rebirth“; the band showcase a somewhat kookier side that gives levity to what is often an epic, if not extremely turbulent voyage. Melody, while not explicitly the main focus of the release, remains as key and uplifting as ever, helping to punctuate this first half of the groups lofty tale. Truly Between The Buried And Me‘s songwriting has become more elaborate and cohesive without sacrificing any of the bands adventurousness. Whether they set their mind to passive harmonizing or a punishing metallic onslaught, they exude the same amount of passion and attention to detail. A select few bands can implement this level of control and precision over what should be an all out aural cataclysm and rope it all in. But only this one could cultivate this much artistic intent and explosive creativity from such a fearsome cyclone of instrumental chaos. – theprp.com

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis (2010)

Posted in experimental,hardcore punk,mathcore,metal,metalcore by jheisel on March 12, 2010

The Arusha Accord – Nightmares of the Ocean (EP) [2008]

Posted in mathcore,metalcore by deek on February 24, 2010


Nearly four years ago, at the beginning of 2005, the six-headed monster now known as The Arusha Accord began work on a musical project. Despite having no solid blueprint, the band drew its initial inspiration from the likes of Sikth, Dillinger Escape Plan and Tool, in particular the chaotic variations, speed and complex time signatures that each had to offer respectively. Two years later, in the November of 2007, their project came of age and broke out into the UK’s flourishing metal scene. In doing so, the band caused a stir worthy of even the most highly rated foreign import. Rising (amazing) UK independent label, Basick Records, home to fellow UK metallers Fell Silent, were suitably impressed and immediately offered the band a deal. A few months later and the ‘Nightmares Of The Ocean’ EP was recorded with John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari) at Outhouse Studios in the band’s hometown of Reading. As bassist, Luke Williams explains: “Nightmares Of The Ocean symbolizes the end of a huge musical journey for us. It gives us closure on an intense and turbulent three-year project, during which time we’ve easily written an albums worth of material without ever really being satisfied with what was being created. So, we’ve chopped, changed, linked and sculpted everything into just these five tracks … and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Gaza – He Is Never Coming Back [2009]

Posted in metalcore,sludge by deek on February 23, 2010

Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect [2009]

Posted in metalcore,progressive metal by deek on December 26, 2009

Converge – Axe To Fall [2009]

Posted in hardcore punk,mathcore,metalcore,post-hardcore by deek on December 26, 2009

August Burns Red – Constellations [2009]

Posted in metalcore by deek on July 6, 2009

Loren Battle – Learning To Live With Open Wounds [2009]

Posted in metalcore,popcore,post-hardcore by deek on June 29, 2009

Straight Reads The Line – The Author [2008]

Posted in canadian,metalcore,progressive by deek on June 26, 2009



Really underrated band, some of the best metalcore I’ve ever heard, check them out!



Straight Reads The Line – Let's Get Nuts [2006]

Posted in canadian,metalcore,progressive by deek on June 26, 2009
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