The Parallax II: Future Sequence

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The Parallax II: Future Sequence
The Parallax II Future Sequence - Between the Buried and Me.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
RecordedThe Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Genre
Length72:33
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerJamie King
Between the Buried and Me chronology
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
(2011)
The Parallax II: Future Sequence
(2012)
Coma Ecliptic
(2015)

The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the sixth studio album by American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, released on October 9, 2012.[4][5] The album's concept is the continuation of the band's 2011 EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues. Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring (guitars) described it as being their favorite release up to now, being mature, dynamic, and with various metal influences from 1970's progressive rock, to jazz and fusion. It is their longest running studio album to date.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLength
1."Goodbye to Everything"1:39
2."Astral Body"5:01
3."Lay Your Ghosts to Rest"10:02
4."Autumn" (instrumental)1:17
5."Extremophile Elite"9:58
6."Parallax"1:15
7."The Black Box"2:10
8."Telos"9:45
9."Bloom"3:29
10."Melting City"10:19
11."Silent Flight Parliament"15:09
12."Goodbye to Everything Reprise"2:29
Total length:72:33

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[8]
AbsolutePunk92%[9]
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net10/10[10]
Blistering9.5/10[11]
Decibel8/10 stars[12]
Loudwire5/5 stars[13]
Popmatters5/10[14]
Revolver3/5 stars[15]

The album has received generally favourable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 74.[7] About.com praised the band for balancing the immediacy of "Astral Body" with the longer songs described as "mini-symphonies".[8] Several critics credited the band's songwriting for incorporating Between the Buried and Me's stylistic diversity into a cohesive form more attentive to developing core themes.[2][11][13] However, the album was criticized by Brice Ezell of PopMatters as "the work of a band comfortable in its own ambition. It's all too easy to be impressed, and that's the exact kind of complacency one wouldn't expect from these guys".[14] Writing for Revolver, Paige Camisasca similarly criticized the band's heavier material for sounding like "a less-than-inspired rehash of the group's previous work".[15]

Personnel[edit]

Between the Buried and Me[edit]

Guest Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Between the Buried and Me and Jamie King
  • Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jamie King
  • Additional production editing by Kevin King
  • Art and Design by Chandler Owen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence". Ghost Cult Magazine. October 14, 2012. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  3. ^ Graham Hartmann (October 3, 2012). "Between the Buried and Me Guitarists Unveil Close-Up Performances of New Song 'Telos'". Loudwire. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Colwell, Matthew (July 23, 2012). "Between The Buried And Me stream new song 'Telos,' pre-orders for 'Parallax II' available now". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Between the Buried and Me: New Song Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Between the Buried and Me Interview". Metalship. 2012-11-11.
  7. ^ a b "The Parallax II: Future Sequence - Between the Buried and Me". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence Review". NME. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  9. ^ "Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  10. ^ "BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - The Parallax II (Metal Blade)". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  11. ^ a b "Between the Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence (Metal Blade Records) Review". Blistering. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  12. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (November 2012). "Between the Buried and Me, The Parallax II: Future Sequence". Decibel (97): 86.
  13. ^ a b "Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence Review". Loudwire. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  14. ^ a b Ezell, Brice (16 October 2012). "Between the Buried and Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence". Popmatters. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  15. ^ a b Camisasca, Paige (1 October 2012). "Review: Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax ll: Future Sequence". Revolver. Retrieved 22 November 2013.