Alaska (bonus Dvd) (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2005)

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Call it death metal, power metal, hardcore, poignant rock, call it what you will, Between The Buried And Me's follow-up to The Silent Circus, entitled Alaska, utters sheer brilliance from start to finish. 2003 saw the release of their Victory debut, The Silent Circus, and now their legions of staunchly loyal fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for their follow-up album. Does it measure up to The Silent Circus? Yes, it does. Between The Buried And Me have invited their listeners to journey with them into uncharted territory and unbroken ground with the release of their provocative new album, Alaska.

Alaska was recorded throughout June of 2005: first at Basement Studios in Rural Hall, NC with Jamie King, who was known for recording Between The Buried And Me's self-titled release. "We were stoked to go back and record again with Jamie. We've known him for years and have recorded with him before, it definitely feels like home in his studio," said lead guitarist Paul Waggoner. After the recording sessions were complete, the band headed to Boston and finished up the album with producer Matthew Ellard, who recorded The Silent Circus and is also known for his work with Converge and Bury Your Dead. Between The Buried And Me are back to eschew any ideas of conventional thought and push themselves into never before seen artistic directions. Fans of intelligent, heavy music aren't prepared for the musical ambush coming their way; Alaska is a magnum opus showcasing the band's hypnotic and elaborate guitar work, relentless rhythmic underlining, thought-provoking lyrics, and creative ingenuity. Not since releases like Refused's The Shape Of Punk To Come and The Mars Volta's De-Loused In The Comatorium has the music world seen such an envelope-pushing group of musicians. Between The Buried And Me have upped the ante for all musical releases to come. Damn, they've done it again.


Label Victory Records
SKU 64007341
UPC 746105026223
UPC 14 00746105026223
Format CD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Author Between The Buried A
Technical Info
Engineer Jamie King
Producer Jamie King; Matthew Ellard; Between The Buried And Me; Jamie King; Matthew Ellard
CatalogID VR 262CD
Lable Name Victory Records (USA)
Released 01/01/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00746105026223
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Tommy Rogers (vocals); Paul Andrew Waggoner (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Matthew Ellard.
Recording information: The Basement Studio, Rural Hall, NC.
Between the Buried and Me's forward-thinking musical agenda was already well established by the release of third album, Alaska (their second for Victory Records), but it's questionable whether their complex creative vision had yet coalesced in such stunningly satisfying fashion. Come to think of it, there is no argument. Perhaps it was the frustratingly continuous membership turnover that marred those past near-misses, because although there was no telling as of yet that the quintet responsible for Alaska would in fact go on to embody BTBAM's definitive lineup, in retrospect, it's quite obvious why they meshed here, and then stuck together. On Alaska, BTBAM's hardcore foundation definitively assumed the role of springboard for their wilder, cross-genre experimentation, often involving gentle passages composed of elegiac acoustic guitar work, flowing basslines, jazzy percussion, and surprisingly timid vocals, all wrapped in a gauze of soothing synthesizers. Opening statement "All Bodies" and, later, "Backwards Marathon" beautifully exemplify these contrasts, riding the very extremes of possible hard/soft delivery and instrumentation as they follow their winding treasure maps to the X that marks the spot. "Medicine Wheel" is all evanescent bliss, and the deceptively named "Laser Speed" goes all bossa nova, while "The Primer" begins like vintage melodic power metal before unveiling its savage side, and another eye-opening number, "Selkies: The Endless Obsession," resembles a new millennium reconstruction of Rush: from the "Tom Sawyer"-winking synth intro to the circular riff contortions that precede the ensuing thrash-out to the gentle interruption that rebuilds gradually like Opeth meeting Dream Theater. And despite all these daring investigations, Between the Buried and Me could still convulse, shudder, and retch along with the best mathcore practitioners out there -- the serpentine cataclysm of a title track, "Roboturner," and others prove as much -- making Alaska about as well-balanced as anything this emotionally schizophrenic and musically eclectic group could possibly be. Between the Buried and Me had never flown higher and would probably never fly this high again. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
Artist Bio
Between The Buried And MeCall them what you want, but as problematic to categorize as they are, Between The Buried And Me can best be described as an emotion-evoking rollercoaster, a cyclone of sonic splendor, a group of exceptionally innovative Artists.Started in the year 2000, Between The Buried And Me formed as an effort to create music that explored beyond the barriers of their previous hardcore efforts. The band started playing shows around North Carolina, then unleashed their critically acclaimed self-titled debut upon the unprepared world, mesmerizing listeners. Between The Buried And Me took their show to the road and won over multitudes of fans before being quickly scooped up by indie powerhouse Victory Records. With a recording deal in hand, Between The Buried And Me went on to record one of metalcore's finest opuses, The Silent Circus, and began to reach prolific, underground cult status. "We knew when we recorded The Silent Circus that we had something special in our hands. The next step we knew we had to take was to get out there and show people what we can do", said vocalist Tommy Rogers. Rave reviews of this album came in by the boatload from publications and websites like Uranium Music, who called The Silent Circus "One of the best albums of the year", and Chord Magazine who said, "if you like blazing tempo changes, sick guitar work and super speedy drumming, these guys have got the goods."While praise of Between The Buried And Me's musical innovation and ability poured in, they covered the North American continent, touring with bands like Bleeding Through, Converge, and Darkest Hour. Their world domination had begun. During this period, Between The Buried And Me went through several lineup changes, giving us their finest assemblage to date, featuring Tommy Rogers on vocals, Paul Waggoner and Dusty Waring on guitar, Dan Briggs on bass, and Blake Richardson on drums. Come spring of 2005, it was time for the band to head back to North Carolina to get ready to start writing fresh, sprawling, cerebral new compositions.
Disc 1
1 All Bodies
2 Alaska
3 Croakies And Boatshoes
4 Selkies: The Endless Obsession
5 Breathe In, Breathe Out
6 Roboturner
7 Backwards Marathon
8 Medicine Wheel
9 Primer, The
10 Autodidact
11 Laser Speed
Product Attributes
Artist Between The Buried A
Label Victory Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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