Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
For a band who have been going for over a decade now you would half expect Between The Buried & Me to sit inside their comfort zone and reap the rewards of a well worn career. You would perhaps expect this if you weren’t such a fan of the band, otherwise you would know that Thomas Giles and co. were always going to throw a curve ball or two in the mix for album number seven. It’s what North Carolina’s best have been doing for years now and if you don’t like it, I can bet my house on the fact that the band quite frankly couldn’t give a toss, because the result of BTBAM fucking with the system yet again in The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is one of finely honed beauty.
With Colors the band had a much more mature sound, and whilst The Great Misdirect furthered this quality, it also suffered from being far too long for its own good. The Parallax… suffers no such fate, as this record forms one half of a two part conceptual album. Any longer than the half hour running time would have been enough to melt the most trained brain, so it’s a relief to see the band avoid making the same mistake twice. They continue to let their impeccable song writing skills evolve with a huge degree of maturity, but there are no pitfalls with this record. The tracks prove that the quintet know how to equally impress not only at both ends of the noise spectrum, but more importantly, the transition that takes place as they get from one to the other. Between the heavy onslaughts, quirky, fun interludes are to be found and only a band as experienced as BTBAM could execute such difficult shifts in character.
That’s quite simply what makes Hypersleep Dialogues such a great listen. The songs don’t feel like they are ten minutes long, which is an ode to how compellingly wonderful they are in their nature and execution. This is Between The Buried And Me on top of their game. ‘Lunar Wilderness’, concludes the three track album with some awesome slide guitars leading into utter carnage, laced with ultra fast guitar lines and subtle digital effects. There’s just so much going on throughout the whole half hour here, and once you realise the record has finished with 30 minutes flying by, you’ll be pretty damn quick pressing the play button for another listen. Hypersleep Dialogues is destined to be one of the best metal albums of 2011. The only thing that can steal this accolade is the second half of this utterly breathtaking story Between The Buried And Me have sonically weaved around you. Compelling stuff, but what else did you expect?Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues,