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North Carolina's dextrous metal act Between the Buried and Me return with another head-spinning array of songs with their latest presentation COLORS. This eight-track offering is laden with the kind of prog rock enormity that fans of Dream Theater drool over, yet also matches up to the metalcore wallop from any band thrown on the second stage at Ozzfest (a space where BTBAM dominated when they appeared in 2006). Armed with a number of epic songs (three out of the eight here clock in over the 10-minute mark) whose rich textures and seamless dynamic shifts consistently and cohesively discover adventurous musical fronts, each boundless arrangement manages to dazzle with dizzying musicianship while keeping the listener fully engrossed. Add in a vocalist whose feral growl and smooth deliveries gracefully work with one another and a limitless supply of musical influence rising to the surface on cuts like the world beat-esque "Informal Gluttony", the majestic shape-shifting qualities of "Ants of the Sky" and the Dillinger Escape Plan freakout that starts off "Sun of Nothing", COLORS not only showcases this band's commitment to carrying the prog rock flag, but actually demonstrates a band whose progression can be marked by leaps and bounds, making their new album a must-have for those who appreciate heavy music and have written off mainstream music as a vacuous wasteland.
- Mike SOS