Colors (Between the Buried and Me album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007
RecordedMay 2007 at Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
GenreProgressive metal,[1] technical death metal, extreme metal[2]
  • Between the Buried and Me
  • Jamie King
Between the Buried and Me chronology
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Colors Live

Colors is the fourth studio album by American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, released on September 18, 2007 through Victory Records. The group brought out many different influences within the structure of the songs featured on the album. Examples include jazz, acoustic pop, arena rock, and bluegrass. The album's sound was described by the band as "adult contemporary progressive death metal".[3] Although separated in 8 tracks, Colors gives the impression of one continuous song, with transitions between each part.


Colors was recorded in April through May 2007 at the Basement Studios with Jamie King as the chosen producer for it. Prior to its release, it received great praising reception and sold 12,600 copies in its first week of release, reaching 57th on the Billboard 200, which was the first time the band reached the top 100 on the list.[4] Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater, one of Between the Buried and Me's main influences, named Colors his favorite album of the year. PopMatters wrote, "A true marvel, this challenging but ultimately highly rewarding album is an example of a young band just discovering what it’s capable of. At the rate they’re going, the modern metal pantheon awaits," while also named it "Best Album of the Year" in their annual This Year in Metal.[5]

A live DVD, titled Colors Live, was released on October 14, 2008 and includes footage from a live show on August 2, 2008 at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee.

The song "Prequel to the Sequel" is featured as downloadable content for the video game, Rock Band 2, though it is the radio edited version of the song, shortened to five minutes, leaving the polka verse and everything after missing.[6]

In May, 2017, Between the Buried and Me announced a 10th anniversary tour of the album with The Contortionist, Polyphia, and Toothgrinder.[7]


Dave Donnelly of AllMusic described the music of Colors as being "an anomaly on the otherwise more conservative, pop-punk and hardcore oriented Victory Records label" noting that the group "play a progressive style of extreme metal" which incorporated a range of styles.[2]


Two weeks before the release of Colors, the band released a series of videos for the songs. The videos consisted of clips from classic films, and each video was shown for one day before being removed. The videos were designated different colors to coincide with the album's theme, although having no known relation to the lyrics:

"Foam Born (a) The Backtrack" and "(b) The Decade of Statues" – orange
"Informal Gluttony" – green
"Sun of Nothing" – yellow
"Ants of the Sky" – red
"Prequel to the Sequel" – aqua
"Viridian" – blue
"White Walls" – purple


Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[8]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm(highly recommended)[11]
PopMatters8/10 stars[12]
Punknews.org4.5/5 stars[13]
Rockfreaks.net10/10 stars[14]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[15]
Ultimate Guitar Archive(9.6/10)[16]

In 2014, TeamRock put Colors at #45 on their "Top 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time" list commenting that "Between The Buried And Me found their range and musical mobility here. Aside from metal, it has influences from jazz and pop. It’s an album that encompasses differing styles but has an irresistible dynamic.".[17] Loudwire placed the album at #7 on their "Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of the 21st Century" list, saying that it was "nothing less than a complete metamorphosis of progressive metal."[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Foam Born (A) The Backtrack"2:13
2."(B) The Decade of Statues"5:20
3."Informal Gluttony"6:47
4."Sun of Nothing"10:59
5."Ants of the Sky"13:10
6."Prequel to the Sequel"8:36
7."Viridian" (instrumental)2:51
8."White Walls"14:13
Total length:64:09



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  3. ^ "Between the Buried and Me Post Studio Update". June 15, 2007.
  4. ^ HIM, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER First-Week Sales Revealed,, September 26, 2007. Accessed September 27, 2007.
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  8. ^ Bower, Chad. "Between the Buried and Me – Colors". Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  9. ^ Beringer, Drew (2007-09-18). "Between the Buried and Me – Colors". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  10. ^ Rojas, Jerry (2007-09-15). "Music Review: Between the Buried and Me – Colors". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  11. ^ "Between the Buried and Me – Colors review". Metal Storm. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  12. ^ Begrand, Adrien (2007-11-01). "Between the Buried and Me: Colors". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  13. ^ "Between The Buried And Me – Colors". 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  14. ^ Pertola, Aleksi (2007-09-28). "Between the Buried and Me – Colors". Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  15. ^ Greer, Nick (2007-09-05). "Between the Buried and Me – Colors (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  16. ^ "Colors Review". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  17. ^ Edwards, Mike. "The 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time: 60-41". TeamRock. Retrieved 2018-02-11.