The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

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The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
EP by Between the Buried and Me
Released April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)
Recorded December 13–23, 2010 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario and Rattlebox Studios in Toronto, Ontario
Genre Progressive metal, technical death metal
Length 30:02
Label Metal Blade
Producer David Bottrill, Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me chronology
Best Of
(2011)
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
(2011)
The Parallax II: Future Sequence
(2012)

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is an EP by the American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. It was released on April 12, 2011 and was the group's first release through Metal Blade Records[1] after leaving Victory Records in 2010. The entire EP was made available for streaming two weeks before its release on March 31, 2011.[2]

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is the first release in a two-part concept album suite. The second half, The Parallax II: Future Sequence is a full-length album that was released on October 9, 2012.[3] Between the Buried and Me made the conscious decision to precede a studio album with an extended play for several reasons, particularly to release a first album on Metal Blade fairly quickly.[4] In addition to being part of a concept album series, frontman Tommy Giles Rogers also listed wanting to keep the group's name "out there" and seeking new material to perform at concerts in an interview with MetalSucks.[5]

In support of the release, Between the Buried and Me toured North America with Job for a Cowboy, The Ocean and Cephalic Carnage during April through May 2011. During this tour, the group performed the entire EP, along with several tracks from previous albums, live at all concert dates.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Daily Dischord 9/10[9]
Decibel 7/10[10]
PopMatters 6/10[11]
Revolver 4/5 stars[12]
Rock Sound 8/10[13]
Audiopinions 10/10[14]

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues received generally favorable reviews. Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic praised David Bottrill's production stating that it "is perfectly suited, and only enhances the band's ever-intensifying talents," and that the EP itself is "a short one, but even with a 30-minute running time, the EP cobbles together enough intricate twists and turns that it feels massive, and each of the three songs is an epic journey in precision."[8] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters noted that, "there's nothing at all new [that Between the Buried and Me is] doing here, but what matters most is just how fresh they can make this new material sound, predictable as it all may feel."[11]

Jeff Treppel of Decibel said that the concept of the EP was difficult to follow, commenting that "if they want you to care about what's going on, they fail."[10]

Charts and sales[edit]

In its first week of release, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues sold around 10,000 units and debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at number 54.[15] On other Billboard charts, the album ranked at number 16 on Rock Albums, number 8 on Independent Albums, number 5 on Hard Rock Albums and number 13 on Tastemaker albums.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tommy Rogers, all music composed by Between the Buried and Me.

No. Title Length
1. "Specular Reflection"   11:21
2. "Augment of Rebirth"   10:19
3. "Lunar Wilderness"   8:22
Total length:
30:02

Personnel[edit]

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues as adapted from the CD liner notes.[17]

Between the Buried and Me[edit]

Production[edit]

  • David Bottrill – engineering, production
  • Jamie King – mixing, mastering, additional production
  • Between the Buried and Me – production

Artwork[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 25, 2011). "Exclusive Stream: Between The Buried And Me's 'Specular Reflection'". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ MetalSucks Staff (March 31, 2011). "Exclusive EP Stream: Between the Buried and Me's The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". MetalSucks. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Harris, Chris (February 23, 2011). "BTB&M Guitarist Explains New Album's Concept". Gun Shy Assassin. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Between the Buried and Me Interview". Metalship. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Neilstein, Vince (February 23, 2011). "Thomas Giles [BTBAM's Tommy Rogers]: The MetalSucks Interview". MetalSucks. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (April 12, 2011). "In Case You Somehow Weren't Already Excited for BTBAM's Upcoming Tour...". MetalSucks. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason (2011). "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues – Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Liam (April 18, 2011). "Album review: Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". Daily Dischord. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Treppel, Jeff (June 2011). "The Next Iron Chefs". Decibel (Philadelphia: Red Flag Media Inc.) (80): 76. ISSN 1557-2137. 
  11. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (April 21, 2011). "Review: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". PopMatters. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ McKenna, David (April 11, 2011). "Review: Review: Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". Revolver. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ Withers, Pete (April 12, 2011). "Review: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". Rock Sound. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ Williford, Ryan (April 24, 2011). "Review: Parallax Hypersleep Dialogues". Audiopinions. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Between the Buried and Me: 'The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues' Cracks U.S. Top 60". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Charting History: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (digipack fold). Between the Buried and Me. Metal Blade Records. 2011. 3984-14999-2.