Strap yourselves in.
That’s what it should say on the cover of every Between the Buried and Me release, and on this new EP it should be bolded and underlined. “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” is the opening chapter of what is promised to be a two-part suite of their idiosyncratic uber-cerebral metal, and if you’ve been on one of their journeys before then you know that this is going to be some ride.
Teaming up with mega-producer David Bottrill – who’s worked with no lesser names than TOOL, Muse and Dream Theater – has helped pull together the various strands of BTBAM’s divergent influences and proclivities to make these three immense tracks rather more seamless than the occasionally too-contrived The Great Misdirect. The complicated twists and turns, genre- and mood-shifts and sweeping arrangements do, of course, remain and there’s no real telling where the band is likely to go as the EP unfolds over a mere thirty minutes. It certainly isn’t casual listening lyrically either, as the deep and elaborate concept of interconnected dream-lives is possibly even more complex than the music. With regards to that, the band is at the top of their game and appear to be pushing each other towards new heights of virtuosity every couple of minutes.
It’s probably just as well BTBAM has decided to make “The Parallax” only the first part of a larger concept, because after about half an hour of this, your head might explode.
1. Specular Reflection
2. Augment of Rebirth
3. Lunar Wilderness