The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues + Tour for BTBAM

So as a follow-up to my previous article, I have now had the opportunity to hear the new Between The Buried And Me e.p. The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, and it’s worth writing another article.  First of all, it’s got to be one of the longest e.p.’s I’ve heard, composed of 3 songs and adding up to about thirty minutes altogether.  Second of all, it’s really good.  They obviously haven’t been sitting around since the last album, because their style is maintained as if they continue to write as soon as they finish something.  The three epic songs bring to your ears an even stranger variety of music, spread between death metal and metalcore, to jazz and folk, to ambient trans, tribal drums and symphony.  It’s interesting enough trying to keep up with their sporadic disregard for compliance with a unifying time signature, sometimes utilizing completely untraditional signatures altogether.  The result is a journey, to say the least.  Definitely check it out.  In support of the release, they’re going on tour with Job For A Cowboy and The Ocean, throughtout North America, during which they will be playing the entirety of the e.p.  Check the website for show dates.

April - May 2011


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  1. Ive never heard about this band…. where are they from? can you compare their music style to any other popular bands?

    • They’re from North Carolina, I believe. They’re sort of underground, as far as the media is concerned. Big in the metal world though.
      The style question, that’s actually interesting. It’s hard to pin them into a category, based on their songwriting style that incorporates what some would call ‘random’ style changes mid-song. They file under ‘progressive metal’ because of the out-of-the-box way of thinking while designing their songs, and the variety of instruments used.
      After their second album released, they did a piece called “The Anatomy Of…”, on which they cover several of the bands that have influenced them. The track list includes Metallica, Queen, Motley Crue, Soundgarden, Pink Floyd, Counting Crows, etc. Their name actually comes from the lyrics of the Counting Crows song “Ghost Train.”

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