Between the Buried and Me

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Between the Buried and Me
Origin North Carolina, USA
Genres Metalcore, progressive metal[1][2][3][4][5]
technical death metal[1][3][6][7]
avant-garde metal[8][9]
Years active 2000–present
Labels Lifeforce, Victory, Metal Blade
Associated acts Glass Casket, Prayer for Cleansing, Trioscapes, Orbs, Oh, Sleeper
Members Tommy Giles Rogers
Paul Waggoner
Dustie Waring
Dan Briggs
Blake Richardson
Past members Will Goodyear
Nicholas Shawn Fletcher
Jason Schofield King
Mark Edward Castillo
Kevin Falk
Shane Blay
Jason Roe

Between the Buried and Me are an American progressive metal band from North Carolina. They have released a total of six studio albums, as well as an EP, a cover album, and a live DVD/CD. Their first album was released through Life Force records, and after that the majority of the group's releases were made through Victory Records, until their shift to Metal Blade in 2011 when they released their first EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues through the label on April 12, 2011. Their most recent release, The Parallax II: Future Sequence was released on October 9, 2012.

Biography[edit]

Founded in early 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina after the demise Metalcore band "Prayer for Cleansing", Tommy Rogers (vocals) and Paul Waggoner (guitar) formed a new band to continue PFC's legacy of intensity. They picked up Nick Fletcher on guitar, Jason King on bass (both formerly in NC's Azazel) and Mark Castillo (Bury Your Dead) on drums to complete their lineup. This band would soon be called Between The Buried And Me. "It was great to continue playing music with Paul since we had been in bands together for a while, and it was even better to join up with the rest of the guys since Paul and I had known them for years and never really got a chance to do anything together. That was a very exciting time for all of us", said Tommy (vocals). Between The Buried And Me incorporate metal and hardcore with spacey, progressive technicality and poignant rock melodies to create dizzying opuses that will redefine pre-existing notions of "metalcore". Between The Buried And Me find a way to make heavy music refined yet powerful, inventive yet distinct, and at times chaotic, then soothing. With bizarre chord progressions and relentless rhythmic underscores, Between The Buried And Me coalesce musical stylings comparable to Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth, Pink Floyd and Rush. Their inventive, avant-garde originality respirates a stagnant metalcore scene, catapulting it to the next level. "The Silent Circus" is unique, inspired, ambitious, dynamic, and sets the trend for many bands in the heavy music genre to follow.

Between The Buried And Me quickly recorded their acclaimed self-titled album and released it on Germany's Lifeforce Records. The name "Between The Buried And Me" was quickly becoming common conversation in the underground heavy music world - news of this band's unbelievable and eclectic blend of hardcore and metal spread rapidly. Between The Buried And Me toured and played shows with bands like Poison the Well, Hatebreed and Malevolent Creation, in addition to playing Hellfest and Furnace Fest during spring/summer of 2002 before signing with Victory Records. Tommy says, "We are extremely excited to be on the Victory roster, we feel that our band will definitely stand out on this label". The news of their signing circulated instantaneously and fanned the flames of anticipation for a follow-up to their self-titled release.

The band's name is derived from a section of lyrics in the Counting Crows song, "Ghost Train;" "Took the cannonball down to the ocean/Across the desert from the sea to shining sea/I rode a ladder that climbed across the nation/Fifty million feet of earth between the buried and me."[10]

Between the Buried and Me's first release was a three-song demo, containing the tracks "Use of a Weapon", "What We Have Become", and "More of Myself to Kill". These three tracks were re-recorded for the band's self-titled debut album, released through Lifeforce Records in 2002. The album includes the track "Arsonist", a protest against the beliefs and practices of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The song "Aspirations" became the band's first music video. At the time, the release was not widely known, but did manage to catch the attention of Victory Records, to which they later signed. Victory reissued the album in 2004 as an enhanced CD.

In August of 2003, Between The Buried And Me headed to Somerville, MA to Q Division Studios to record their Victory debut, "The Silent Circus", with Producer Matthew Ellard (Converge, "Jane Doe"). Featuring the singles "Mordecai", "Aesthetic", and "Camilla Rhodes".< This recording captures the depth and intensity of Between The Buried And Me's music - designed to mesmerize the listener with its layered effects and abstract and visionary sounds. "As far as the recording of "The Silent Circus", it was great because we had so much more time to work in the studio this time around. Musically, the new stuff is more technical and our knowledge of music matured - we are better songwriters", said Tommy. With a myriad of influences ranging from their hardcore and metal roots to artists like the Smashing Pumpkins and Dream Theater, Between The Buried And Me creates sincere, artistic songs that explore the commonalities of various forms of music while simultaneously demonstrating their extreme differences. By turns dynamic and brutal, beautifully evocative and cruelly dissonant, Between The Buried And Me provide desperately needed revitalization to every hard music genre.

"Mordecai" was produced as their second music video. The album was re-released in 2006 with a live DVD of the band's performance at The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on July 17, 2005. Mark Castillo played drums on The Silent Circus, replacing Will Goodyear, though for the live DVD Blake Richardson, Dustie Waring, and Dan Briggs had already joined the band, and recording for the third Between the Buried and Me album, Alaska, was already finished.

After the release of The Silent Circus, the band went through numerous members before the current lineup was assembled for Alaska. On drums, Mark Castillo was replaced by Jason Roe, and later by Blake Richardson. On guitar, Nick Fletcher was replaced by Shane Blay, and later by Dustie Waring. And on bass, Jason King (not to be confused with their engineer/producer Jamie King) was replaced by Kevin Falk, and later by Dan Briggs. This remains the current lineup.

In the summer of 2005, Between the Buried and Me released their third studio album, Alaska. The title track "Alaska" became their third music video. The album released the songs "Selkies: The Endless Obsession", "The Primer", and "Backwards Marathon" as singles. Then in the following year, the band released The Anatomy Of, a collection of covers of bands that influenced Between the Buried and Me, including Metallica, King Crimson, Pantera, Queen, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis, Counting Crows, and Soundgarden.

In September 2007, the band released their fourth studio album, Colors. Band members have said that "it's a 65 minute opus of non stop pummeling beautiful music... we have described this release as 'new wave polka grunge'."[11] The band has also described the album as "adult contemporary progressive death metal".[12]

On November 6, 2008 the song "Prequel to the Sequel" was made available as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band 2, for free download to users who redeemed a one-time use code in new copies of the game.[13] Since then, the tracks "Mordecai", "Obfuscation", "Alaska", "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" and "All Bodies" have also been made available via the Rock Band Network.

On May 31, 2009, the group went into the studio to record their fifth original album, The Great Misdirect. They have described one song as having "a noisy Coalesce breakdown, 3/4 Mastodon groove, 9/8 The Mars Volta, Queen chromatic build up, and Megadeth chorus".[14] Tommy Giles Rogers had stated that they planned to "out do Colors".[15]

In early fall 2010, the group confirmed that they were recording an EP, which was cited as being a possible precursor for their next full-length album.[16] In October 2010, they put up a video on their YouTube account with the band in the studio.[17] January 18 a second teaser with them in the studio was posted.[18]

On February 21, 2011, Between the Buried and Me stated their move from Victory to Metal Blade Records,[19] then quickly released an EP entitled, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues on April 12, 2011.[20] In May, Victory Records announced the release of a greatest hits album as a three-disc set.[21] On January 16, 2012, Between the Buried and Me revealed that work on the part two to The Parallax had begun and it will be a full-length album rather than an EP.[22]

The band's latest album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence", was released through Metal Blade Records on October 9, 2012.

Touring[edit]

In early 2006, Between the Buried and Me was on tour supporting Bleeding Through along with Every Time I Die and Haste the Day. They were also on the Ozzfest 2006 Second Stage.[23] In late 2006, they were on the Radio Rebellion Tour headlined by Norma Jean.[24]

In September 2007, after the release of Colors, the band went on tour with Animosity and Horse the Band. Giant (now known as BraveYoung) also supported their shows in the USA. The run concluded with their November 4 appearance at the Saints and Sinners Fest in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In December 2007, they again embarked on a headlining tour, supported by August Burns Red and Behold... The Arctopus. The band were also the main support on The Dillinger Escape Plan's 2008 UK tour. Between the Buried and Me were one of the acts that took part at "Progressive Nation '08", the first in what became an annual progressive music festival, also featuring Dream Theater, Opeth, and 3.

Starting in summer 2008 and continuing in the fall, they performed as a supporting act for Children of Bodom's US headlining tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder. In early December 2008, they went on a short 4-show tour around the Carolinas and Georgia (US) with other Carolina-based bands, such as He Is Legend, Advent, and Nightbear. Between the Buried and Me finished a month-long tour of Australia on January 9 with headliners Bleeding Through, As Blood Runs Black, In Trenches and The Abandonment. In September 2009, Between the Buried and Me performed a Canadian Tour with Killswitch Engage and In Flames co-headlining, along with the support of Protest the Hero.[25]

In early 2010, Between the Buried and Me toured across North America with Cynic, Devin Townsend, and Scale the Summit.[26] Afterwards, they traveled to Europe supporting Lamb of God, along with Job for a Cowboy and August Burns Red.

In February 2010, Between the Buried and Me supported Mastodon along with Baroness on their US headlining tour. During the summer of 2010, they were on the Cool Tour with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, War of Ages, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats and Blessthefall.[27]

In February 2011, Between the Buried and Me were confirmed to play at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 16 in Worcester, MA. They will be main support for Hatebreed. In April and May 2011 they will headline a tour featuring Job for a Cowboy, The Ocean and on select dates Cephalic Carnage.

Between the Buried and Me also announced a headline European tour beginning in Paris, France on 02 Sept 2011 and continuing throughout the mainland and into the UK, ending up in Moscow, Russia on September 30. The tour was be supported by Animals as Leaders.

In July 2011, Between the Buried and Me announced their headlining North American tour, "Saints&Sinners Tour" playing throughout November and December with Animals as Leaders and Tesseract. The band created a few medleys just for this tour, and performed songs that they hadn't played in years.

They co-headlined the 2012 Summer Slaughter under Cannibal Corpse with numerous other metal bands such as Exhumed, Job for a Cowboy, The Faceless and Veil of Maya, followed by a co-headlining tour through Europe and UK with Periphery and The Safety Fire.

They also to toured Japan and Australia with Animals as Leaders in November 2012.[28]

Starting in February 2013, they toured with Coheed and Cambria.

In fall 2013 they embarked on The Future Sequence Tour, where they played The Parallax II: Future Sequence all the way through. Support was provided by The Faceless, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire.

On February 14, 2014, It was announced Between the Buried and Me would record, and release a live album for The Parallax II Future Sequence, playing it in its entirety with additional instruments, including a saxophone, percussionists, flute and a string quartet. Its release is expected for the fall of 2014.

Musical style and influence[edit]

Between the Buried and Me's general musical style has been stated by critics to be primarily a blend of progressive metal, death metal and metalcore,[29][30][31] along with various musical styles: "One minute the band may be playing thrash metal and the next they're flowing into death metal growls and thick guitar riffs... the metal take on things can seemingly change in a flash as lead singer Tommy Rogers flashes out his vocals and utilizes the keyboards to create something that sounds more like it should be on a Smashing Pumpkins album".[30]

On the band's cover album, The Anatomy Of, the band pays tribute to many of their diverse influences, including Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Queen, King Crimson, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Pantera, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis, and The Smashing Pumpkins.[32]

Band members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Other projects[edit]

  • Tommy Giles Rogers has an electronica side project named Giles. A music video for the song "Slumber Party" is featured on the DVD that is included on the re-release for Between the Buried and Me's second album The Silent Circus. Rogers also released a solo album on February 1, 2011, entitled Pulse. The album is credited under the name Thomas Giles.
  • Dustie Waring and Blake Richardson are members of the deathcore band Glass Casket.
  • Rogers and Jacob Troth run a clothing line named Jacob Rogers.
  • Dan Briggs and members of Fear Before and Abigail Williams are members of an experimental supergroup named Orbs.
  • Shane Blay is now the guitarist and vocalist for Christian metalcore band Oh, Sleeper.
  • Dan Briggs, along with Walter Fancourt (Casual Curious, Brand New Life) and Matt Lynch (Eyris) are members of a progressive rock/jazz fusion band named Trioscapes who are also signed under Metal Blade Records.

References[edit]

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