Reviewed! Between the Buried and Me - The Best of Between the Buried and Me


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Between the Buried and Me
The Best of Between the Buried and Me
Victory

It’s unfortunate that the Best of Between the Buried and Me signals the end of the bands storied tenure with Victory Records, though it might just be more a sign of the times than anything else. Regardless, if the band is going to go out, then they are going out in style with this three-disc best of disc, one that spans the breadth of Between the Buried and Me’s tremendous body of work. 

BTBAM doesn’t take long on the Best of Between the Buried and Me to delve deep into the annals of their sonic brilliance, firing off in rapid succession four tracks from the bands Victory debut the Silent Circus, a collection of bafflingly brilliant, heart-stopping affairs such as “Mordecai,” “Ad a Dglgmut,” “Aesthetic,” and “(Shevanel  Take 2).” The bands 2007 masterpiece Colors is more than well represented with five of the albums eight tracks included, though it would have been nice to see either “Sun of Nothing” and “Ants of the Sky” make their way onto this best of.

The Best of Between the Buried and Me shows BTBAM at their artfully expressive best, those moments of math metal euphoria that see the band infusing dense layers and textured sounds, and it also shows them flat out killing it, destroying both speakers and eardrums with their heightened tech-metal prowess, combining punishing drum work and guitars so shred-tacular they need to be heard to be believed.

As if there needed to be a cherry on top of the tasty sundae that is the Best of Between the Buried and Me, not only does is the album two discs and one DVD spanning 11 years and a handful of records, complete with live versions and music videos, the album package also includes a special custom made spectral decoder which reveals hidden messages and the likes in the albums artwork. Now that’s not just the cherry, but also the whipped cream, hot fudge and maybe even some chopped nuts.

Grade: A
Go Download: “Mordecai”

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