LIVE: Between the Buried and Me @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/22/14

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

Between the Buried and Me stopped at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on their self-titled tour this past Saturday, February 22. In addition to BTB&M, California-based bands Deafheaven and Intronaut graced the stage along with openers the Kindred from Ottawa. With a diverse mixture of black metal and progressive rock, Deafheaven and Between the Buried and Me were clearly the crowd favorites.

Generally considered a black metal group by most, Deafheaven formed in 2010 in San Francisco, bringing a unique mix of metal with progressive/alternative instrumentals. Being a fairly new band, Deafheaven’s catalog currently consists of one full-length album and 3 EPs. During their set at Upstate Concert Hall, Deafheaven played a mix of selections from their newest album, Sunbather (2013) and EP Roads to Judah (2011). One of the opening songs, “Dream House” started off with a relaxed, up-beat intro. But then as soon as I thought I knew which direction the song was headed in, the “black metal” aspect of Deafheaven quickly swept the rest of their performance. It was a rather unusual combination of genres, but overall, I believe that they were worthy of the crowd’s acclaim.

While there was a lot of talk and anticipation regarding BTB&M, I was still impressed with the performance put on by Deafheaven.

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When I first listened to the first few songs of BTB&M’s The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012) – including “Goodbye to Everything” – I was instantly reminded of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Originating in North Carolina, BTB&M have been writing and touring since 2000, with nine studio albums to their credit.

I was curious to see how this band could re-create their nearly ten-minute songs filled with progressive and technical death metal. Not only do BTB&M have lengthy songs, but the songs also act as a narrative for each album. One song in particular that did just this was “Bloom,” a song filled with technical guitar riffs at the beginning before slipping into vocals similar to something done by System Of A Down. The song then progresses into a slower, more alternative feel, then, before you know it, the instruments kick the song back into a metal song again.

One thing that really caught my interest in BTB&M was the diverse genres that coalesced in each song. With such experienced musicians, they’re able to create music that is fitting for any metal/alternative/progressive rock fan. And as my first concert of 2014, I can gladly say it was a satisfying experience.

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

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