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.

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April - May 2011

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Scurrilous; The Discovery; Celestial Completion; Hypersleep Dialogues; Yes

Ok, I know it seems like all I’ve done so far is complaining about new music, I figured I would go over several recent releases altogether so perhaps I’ll have some good things to say as well.

First new release that I personally have been waiting for is the new album Scurrilous by the Canadian Progressive Metal Band Protest The Hero.  I love this band and couldn’t wait for this to come out, and then I think I didn’t really like it.  They have a signature style in their first two releases that are based around playing off-tempo, sometimes confusing musical pieces, but in Scurrilous, I found little of this.  It’s still a fantastic album, don’t get me wrong, but I think they should have kept that chaotic writing style, especially because that’s what their true fans like.  Other than that, it’s still a beautiful album and you should probably just listen for yourself.

The second album I was waiting for was The Discovery by Illinois’ Born of Osiris.  They, too, have a crazy style about them, and on this, its been taken to the next level.  Their mathcore deathcore blend thing they had been using in the past has been blended with more progressive elements to make a pretty awesome sound.  I recommend it if you like the heavier sort of progressive.  I should probably save my rant about their label Sumerian for a later post, because, seriously, wow.

The third, if you like the sort of thing, is the new release from Georgia-based ‘super-religious but still awesome’ metal band Becoming The Archetype.  The album Celestial Completion is the closest thing I could ever have imagined the perfect union of massive breathtaking Gospel Choir and bone-crushing Death Metal to be.  Also pretty progressive, it’s worth it straight listen-through, but that’s just me.

Hmm let’s see, Emmure released another album.  Yay.  Speaker of the Dead is just more of the same tough-guy nonsense that you can expect from these guys.  No, I haven’t listened to it all the way though, I’ve just had enough of this band, and they released an album just last year.  I don’t see how they, no offense, can have made an entire decent album in a year.  Take it or leave it.

In a feeble attempt to capitalize in some way from the loss of arguably their best band, super-amazing progressive metal outfit Between The Buried And Me, Victory Records has decided to release a ‘greatest-hits’ for the band, who has released maybe four or five albums.  They may be amazing, but the two disc plus DVD set almost includes all of their work.  These albums were meant to be heard in the order the artist put them, so why not just get the whole things in order to hear what was meant to be heard?  This ‘greatest-hits’ scam seems helpful, but if you like Between The Buried And Me, you’re probably have experience with the music world, like me, and you know better.  Get their albums (especially Colors) and have your mind blown up.  Also, under their new label Metal Blade, they release their new e.p. The Parallax:  Hypersleep Dialogues later in April. I know it’s an e.p. but it’s still new original music, so it’s probably good.

BTBAM EP

Releases April 12