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The Silent Circus
Between the Buried & Me
The Silent Circus
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
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Incorporating all styles of metal and hardcore with moshy double bass and spacey, poignant rock, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME?S dizzying opuses are sure to redefine pre-existing notions of "metalcore". BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ...  more »


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All Artists: Between the Buried & Me
Title: The Silent Circus
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Victory Records
Release Date: 10/21/2003
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Alternative Metal, Death Metal, Thrash & Speed Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 746105021020


Album Description
Incorporating all styles of metal and hardcore with moshy double bass and spacey, poignant rock, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME?S dizzying opuses are sure to redefine pre-existing notions of "metalcore". BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME find a way to make heavy music refined yet powerful, inventive yet distinct, at times chaotic, then soothing. With a myriad of influences ranging from their hardcore and metal roots to artists like the Smashing Pumpkins and Dream Theater, "The Silent Circus" is a sincere, artistic album that will revolutionize the face of heavy music. After one extremely well received release on Lifeforce Records, the hype on BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME is spreading like wildfire; their Victory debut is proving to be one of the most anticipated, indescribable and groundbreaking metal/hardcore records of 2003.

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Strobe Lights And Blown Speakers | Louisville | 02/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Describing Between The Buried & Me as "metalcore" would be a grave falsehood. Metalcore influences? Sure. But it would be impossible to overlook the various other influences the band incorporates into this album. The sounds of Radiohead, Death, metal Ulver, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pink Floyd, Pantera, Cryptopsy, and even some Emperor are evident. Does that mean that _The Silent Circus_ is a hackneyed attempt to create something "progressive"? No. In fact, that type of response couldn't be farther from the truth.The album begins with "Lost Perfection," fading into guitar feedback for 30 seconds or so before unleashing a fury of technical metal for another 40 seconds or so, and then erupting into a wonderful guitar melody. The song also features a "hand clapping breakdown" around the 3-minute mark, and then transitions perfectly into a thick southern metal groove that would make Pantera blush from envy.That sort of song structure could loosely typify BTBAM's overall sound - grinding, pulsing technical metal, thick grooves, then suddenly bursting into odd breakdowns, gorgeous melodies, or haunting soundscapes. In this respect, BTBAM bring about comparisons to the mighty Opeth. That comparison is probably just, due to the "night and day" aspect of the bands' respective music. But that's where the similarities end, really. BTBAM crafts darker, heavier, more intense "heavy" parts than Opeth could ever imagine, with some of the best vocals around, complements of Tommy Rogers (who also adds texture on keyboard); the band also creates some of the most ethereal musical moments I can imagine, featuring layers of keyboards, soft drum beats, soulful bass, and lightly strummed guitars, whereas Opeth relies mostly on beautiful acoustic arrangements to contrast their form of black/death metal. In comparison to the band's self-titled debut, this album is darker and heavier. The drumming is still absolutely OUTRAGEOUS, despite the fact that former drummer Will Goodyear has been replaced. New drummer (and sadly, now ex-drummer) Mark Castillo is a freaking monster. His talent is frightening. His drumming here is some of the most amazing I've heard. The guitar and bass playing here is still mind-blowing. Bassist Jason King lays down some of the coolest grooves ever, plays a solo or two, and plays PERFECTLY with the two guitarists, Nick Fletcher and Paul Waggoner. The trio is one of the most original and exciting I've heard. In addition to the chilling death vox, vocalist Tommy Rogers is also capable of some of the most breathtaking clean vocals this side of Mikael Akerfeldt. _The Silent Circus_ is definitely one of the most "progressive" albums I've heard, as well as a new all-time favorite album of mine. There is no band I know of right now that makes music as engaging, fresh, and exciting as BTBAM. Buy this or perish, sweater monkeys."
This isn't even my scene
thursday57 | 10/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album... wait... this band pretty much owns everyone in the talent department. This is pretty much one of the most well put together albums I've ever heard... and I don't usually like stuff this heavy. First of all... everyone in the band has a copywrite on their instruments... and no one else should be allowed to play anything after what these guys do. The drummer is pretty much insane... and owns the double bass. The guitarists play some of the most retarded chord progressions and make them sound amazing. Insanely technical. The singer has one of the widest ranges I've heard... deep growls(which I'm not a fan of), high pitched screams, an amazingly beautiful melodic singning voice. On top of all this are pretty good lyrics and an insane live performance... if you don't know about BTBAM yet... you need to get to know them
Shatters Barriers Like None Other
Bill Lumbergh | Initech | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Between the Buried and Me is the future of extreme music. Imagine taking Opeth, Cryptopsy, Converge and Lamb of God all into one. This band is amazing. With a progressive nature towards their metalcore sound, they are original. They're not a band that overuses melody or breakdowns, nope, they balance it out at the right level. Just listen to one track off this album and you will know what I'm talking about. Whether it is the chaotic-turned-to-a-ballad esque melody of "Mordecai", the "Lost Perfection" double tracks that begin this CD, or even the excellent intro guitar work on "Aesthetic", this disc will definitely leave an imprint in your mind. Recommended for the open minded."