Calling all metal heads, North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me are back, and with them are bringing six albums worth of greatest hits. Heavy enough to melt your face off, this is not an album for the faint hearted as the metal veterans prove why they have been one of the most influential bands of the last 15 years.
Beginning with three tracks from their second album, ‘The Silent Circus’, (their debut album with Victory Records), the quintet thrash through your speakers at blistering speed. Stopping every now and then to give you a breather, exposing a softer side, the band remind you why they have been about for so long. Then everything stops to make room for acoustic number ‘Shevanel Take 2’. Everybody needs a break from the constant surge of headbanging which comes free with this record, and I suppose what better to do that than with a love ballad from… err.. a metal band?
After displaying a softer touch, the metalers get straight back to business. Belting out the title track from third album, ‘Alaska’, the band display their melodic side to quite impressive force. Continuing with track after track of mayhem, the metal demons show off flashy guitar riffs, monumental solos and altogether madness. Combining techniques from the past with more modern methods, it is clear to see the band take influences from the likes of Metallica and Slayer.
You can see throughout this album an absolute catalogue of bands which have taken influence from this band. From the likes of I Killed The Prom Queen to Bullet For My Valentine. For an album this huge, it is surprising they haven’t reached the heights they maybe should have. But for any metalers in need of a royal headbang, pick up this record and appreciate the greatness of BTBAM.
Written by Chris Loomes