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(Victory Records 2003)

Between The Buried And Me

Variety is the spice of life. This old saying seems to fit like a glove in the hands of a band from North Carolina (USA) called "Between the buried and me". The band was founded in the early 2000 and "The Silent Circus" is their first album. You will easily realise that they belong in the category of the "difficult bands",something that as far as I'm concerned is more of a plus rather that a minus - but let me explain myself. Most of the bands nowadays try to establish themselves in the music scene by adopting a certain style and creating a strong and loyal fan base. On the other hand you have bands like "Between and buried and me" who are not afraid to combine different music styles. The result is really interesting. "The Silent Circus" is divided into three parts: The first part contains the first three songs of the album, "Lost Perfection - Coulrophobia", "Anablephobia" and "Camilla Rhodes".

The band displays high technical skills in these three songs which are mostly influenced by the 80's Swedish Death Metal scene. The fourth song of the album "Mordecai" is the bridge which connects the first with the second part of the album, and along with "Reaction" and "Shevanel Take 2" reveals the melodic and romantic side of the band. Low tempo songs with acoustic guitars and gang backing vocals which will remind you allot of Opeth. The last four songs of the album, "Ad a dglgmut", "Destructo Spin", "Aesthetic" and "The need for repetition" are once again a totally different story. A combination of American Death Metal and Progressive Rock, which is very difficult to describe. Keeping in mind that this the first album of the band i have to say that i am really impressed by the maturity of the compositions and the technical skills of the band.

As I said in the beginning of this review "Between the buried and me" is a very "difficult" band. As a consequence this album will not become appealing in the majority of the metal fans, but I'm pretty sure that this was not the intention of the band in the first place. I am really interested to see how their second album will sound - well done guys!


Review by John Stefanis

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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