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Between The Buried And Me - Alaska (9/10) - USA - 2005

Genre: Progressive Metal / Metalcore
Label: Victory
Playing time: 54:09
Band homepage: Between The Buried And Me


  1. All Bodies
  2. Alaska
  3. Croakies And Boatshoes
  4. Selkies: The Endless Obsession
  5. Breathe In, Breath Out
  6. Roboturner
  7. Backwards Marathon
  8. Medicine Wheel
  9. The Primer
  10. Autodidact
  11. Laser Speed
Between The Buried And Me - Alaska

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME manage not only to walk the unsteady tightrope between melody and aggression on their album “Alaska,” but to master the art, doing backflips and riding bikes across said tightrope. A seamless blend of heavy, soothing, chaotic and beautiful, “Alaska” draws on such a wide variety of musical styles and influences that categorizing it is profoundly difficult.


BTBAM are masters at finding the balance between opposites. “Alaska” is an album that stays fun while simultaneously challenging the listener’s ear with mind-blowing technicality. The guitars flip from heavy distortion to jazzy cleans, from standard Hardcore and Metalcore to Southern-esque to pure classic shred and sweep. Vocalist Tommy Roger screams, growls, yells and sings his heart out, balancing emotion and raw power.


Every track on this album showcases different elements of BTBAM’s varying styles. There are exquisite solos (with an amazing lead guitar tone that is showcased heavily in the first two tracks), crushing riffs, tender moments in the vein of OPETH’s softer side (see “Selkies” or “Medicine Wheel”) and areas of chaotic frenzy reminiscent of groups ranging from STRAPPING YOUNG LAD to THE RED CHORD (see the beginning of “Roboturner”). Bundles of other uniquely bizarre moments work their way into the album, including a quick barbershop vocal scale followed by a chant of "hey" in "All Bodies."


Recommended listens are “The Primer,” “Autodidact,” “Selkies,” and "All Bodies." (Online September 4, 2006)

Zach Dionne

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