Between the Buried and Me – Colors II (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Between the Buried and Me – Colors II (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:18:40 minutes | 983 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sumerian Records

Time may move in a circle, but we pick up wisdom along the way. When we face similar situations further down the line, we’re armed with the experience to not only survive, but actually thrive. Between The Buried and Me built their influential 2007 album, Colors, on an unwavering commitment to artistic integrity. They’ve only fortified that commitment on its 2021 sequel, Colors II [Sumerian Records]. The circumstances surrounding both records bear key similarities, yet the North Carolina quintet-Tommy Rogers [lead vocals, keyboards], Paul Waggoner [lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals], Dustie Waring [rhythm and lead guitar], Blake Richardson [drums], and Dan Briggs [bass, keyboards]-once again stretch the boundaries of their signature sound and heavy music at large.

Throughout 2020, the band members wrote remotely before congregating in Winston-Salem, NC with longtime producer Jamie King. Instead of adhering to a conceptual thread, the conditions gave the concept meaning.

“Musically, it flows like a sequel to Colors, but it wasn’t just another version of that album,” Tommy goes on. “On the original, I was analyzing myself and analyzing humanity. With last year, I was in a perfect position to do that. I wrote lyrics in the same way, but they felt new. It was more of a real-world concept by virtue of making a continuation.”

They introduce the album with the pummeling single “Fix The Error.” Galloping thrash drums collides with a wah-ed bass solo and carnival-esque keys before launching into gritty verses. It twists and turns towards a hardcore chant punctuated by topsy-turvy vocals and mind-numbing fretboard fireworks underpinned by drum solos by an ironclad trifecta of Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis, and Ken Schalk. Meanwhile, the nine-minute “Revolution In Limbo” steamrolls through frenetic keys with fascinating guitar movements and a head-spinning vocal ebb-and-flow. Between The Buried and Me encode various “easter eggs” for fans of the original Colors inside of the opening salvo of “Monochrome” and “The Double Helix of Extinction,” while “Bad Habits” calls back to the lyrics of “Ants Of The Sky” with the line, “Sleep on…fly on.”

In the end, Colors II sees Between The Buried and Me make a similar connection. “Music’s purpose is to help,” Tommy leaves off. “That’s a big theme of this album. Once our songs are done, they belong to our listeners. Maybe this will help them move forward creatively or in life.” “I hope audiences get a feeling similar to what they got when Colors came out,” Paul concludes. “This is a full 80-minute album experience. For years, fans have told us how much they loved Colors. I hope they feel the same way about Colors II.”

1. Monochrome (03:15)
2. The Double Helix of Extinction (06:16)
3. Revolution in Limbo (09:13)
4. Fix the Error (05:01)
5. Never Seen / Future Shock (11:42)
6. Stare Into the Abyss (03:54)
7. Prehistory (03:08)
8. Bad Habits (08:43)
9. The Future Is Behind Us (05:22)
10. Turbulent (05:57)
11. Sfumato (01:09)
12. Human Is Hell (Another One With Love) (15:08)