The Parallax II: Future Sequence

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All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
Between the Buried and Me's 2007 album, Colors, marked a departure for the band from the expansive technical death metal of its earlier career into more progressive rock-influenced territory. Released in 2009, The Great Misdirect refined BTBAM's new approach, and their split from Victory Records that year afforded them the freedom to further push the limits of progressive death metal. The companion piece to last year's The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the slickest and best-paced of their latter-era releases -- and at over 70 minutes in length, the sugary-sweet choruses and serene jazz-rock interludes are necessary to break up the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
Between the Buried and Me's 2007 album, Colors, marked a departure for the band from the expansive technical death metal of its earlier career into more progressive rock-influenced territory. Released in 2009, The Great Misdirect refined BTBAM's new approach, and their split from Victory Records that year afforded them the freedom to further push the limits of progressive death metal. The companion piece to last year's The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the slickest and best-paced of their latter-era releases -- and at over 70 minutes in length, the sugary-sweet choruses and serene jazz-rock interludes are necessary to break up the relentless energy of tracks like "Astral Body." Conscious of making the record flow more seamlessly, The Parallax II begins with "Goodbye to Everything," a short intro piece on acoustic guitar that sees frontman Tommy Rogers sing a layered melody so sickly sweet it could almost be lifted from a fun. record, while interludes like "Autumn" and "Parallax," as well as the "Goodbye to Everything Reprise" outro, proceed along similar lines. The meat of the album is closer to what we've come to expect from the North Carolina five-piece -- ten-plus-minute death metal epics, of which "Melting City" and the sci-fi-themed "Extremophile Elite" are the picks. Rogers' guttural growls sound more menacing than ever, and what the album lacks in originality it makes up for with feverishly inventive riffs and melodies, making The Parallax II: Future Sequence the band's most inspired release since Alaska.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841514827
  • Catalog Number: 15482
  • Sales rank: 41,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye to Everything (1:39)
  2. 2 Astral Body (5:01)
  3. 3 Lay Your Ghosts to Rest (10:02)
  4. 4 Autumn (1:17)
  5. 5 Extremophile Elite (9:58)
  6. 6 Parallax (1:15)
  7. 7 The Black Box (2:10)
  8. 8 Telos (9:45)
  9. 9 Bloom (3:28)
  10. 10 Melting City (10:19)
  11. 11 Silent Flight Parliament (15:09)
  12. 12 Goodbye To Everything Reprise (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Between the Buried and Me Primary Artist
Blake Richardson Group Member
Tommy Rogers Group Member
Dustie Waring Group Member
Dan Briggs Group Member
Paul Waggoner Group Member
Amos Williams Spoken Word
Walter Fancourt Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ricky Alexander Violin
Maddox Giles Noise
Julian Hinshaw Tuba
Technical Credits
Jamie King Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Matt Pike Booking
Between the Buried and Me Composer, Producer
Chandler Owen Artwork
Nick "Biggie" Grimaldi Management
Tom Taaffe Booking
Kevin King Additional Production
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