WITH TOUR PLANNED MID 2020
What’s the Celebration About? Can Albums Have Birthdays Too!?
It’s true, they can!! The works of artists, in recorded form, have special days and while the innerworkings of a band’s music is oddly enough, birthed – ehum – the songs are created, grown, recorded, produced, mixed, manufactured, and distributed for the masses. The arrival date of a record could almost be as important as the arrival date of a human, and not to trivialize one or the other, I can see where the comparison between the two are similar.
After all, it is creation or the process of creation that allows for songs to be put on a record and bring it to life. Humans have a process of creation as well, just ask any mom about the process by which she grows the teeny babe inside her belly and she will tell you all about that process! That said, when a record has been not only around, but legit for 20 years, that is something to marvel and celebrate. Why I use the birth comparison is because of the process by which the music is created, but more so for the impact records like “The Great Misdirect” has had on the band’s fans and other musicians. The roots are deep with this record, believe that!
The anniversary or birth day of The Great Misdirect from BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME is happening this year and the band is celebrating the 20 year mile marker, anniversary, or birthday, if you will, by heading out on tour later this year.
I ask you this in all sincerity: have you seen this band perform? Holy Kari Mother of Cherri!! It’s a visually stimulating haunt from start to finish. I felt like the sound from the band was going to move my chest behind my body a foot or so. It was deeply engaging and a total soufflé of prog-metal-core-ish badassness. If you dig them but haven’t caught their live set for whatever reason, make plans for this upcoming tour. You have to – they’re playing two sets! Dudes, you’ll get to weave in and out of their pre and post progressive-core existence with other fans while the band plays two sets, two sets!
At their show a while back, standing in the photo pit ready for their set, it occurred to me that I was literally like the only female until like 3 rows back. Once the band started as the curtains came back exposing the plum-soaked fog that fell out into the audience on purpose; symbolically to catch them as they lost their minds! Like imagine a room stuffed full of masculine dudes in construction worker clothes, wielding hammers and power tools, all banging their heads to every song the band played, screaming like banshees. It was totally super sweet to see them fan-boy out, honestly! As a female, I get razzed all the time about fan-girling out on this band or that bassist or singer by my male friends. It’s nice to see that guys can get geeked out on not just the music, but the band as well!
Now that you have the all the info on the upcoming tour for BTBAM later this year, along with a little bit of what it’s like to go to a show, feel free to read on about the tour, a link to the tour dates, more accolades on The Great Misdirect and the OMV for “Obfuscation” a the bottom of this post! Make sure you check out more about BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME here or over at The Gauntlet.com!
Til Next Time – MRML – Cherri
TOUR INFORMATION – BTB&M 2020
This tour will feature a very special two set performance celebrating 20 years of BTBAM. The first set will feature a career spanning setlist with the second set seeing the band play their highly acclaimed 2009 opus, ‘The Great Misdirect’ in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 17th from betweentheburiedandme.com The tour will kick off in Richmond, VA on May 9th and will make its way through another 30 cities across North America before culminating in Charlotte, NC on June 19th.From The Band’s Presser
THE BUZZ (THEN & NOW):
“‘The Great Misdirect’ only has six songs, but each is a monster, a brutal amalgam of screamo, prog, hardcore and free-floating excess.” –Revolver Magazine, on 20 Great Albums Turning 10 in 2019
“As its title suggests, 2009’s ‘The Great Misdirect’ found Between the Buried and Me willfully daring their fans to ride along or fuck off while they broke down even more boundaries for progressive metalcore.”– Loudwire, on 15 Best Metal Albums of 2009
“’The Great Misdirect’ is easily one of the best albums of the year and another sign that Between The Buried And Me are the new leaders of progressive metal.”– Metal Underground, 2009
Firmly established as progressive music’s most unpredictable outlier since its formation in 2000, Between The Buried And Me released 2007’s watershed Colors followed by The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues EP in 2011 and The Parallax II: Future Sequence a year later. 2015 saw Coma Ecliptic elevate them to new heights yet again. Not only did it bow at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 (a career high for the band), but it also garnered widespread acclaim from Noisey, Revolver, Alternative Press, and The Guardian who welcomed the album with a rare perfect score. In between, they launched countless sold out headline tours and support runs with the likes of Mastodon.
In 2017 they released their 8th studio offering, the phenomenal double concept album Automata & Automata II which saw yet more critical acclaim with MetalSucks stating “Musically, BTBAM are already in outer space while every other metal band remains stuck on earth — and yet Automata finds the band somehow continuing to push themselves in new territory”, Loudwire claiming “Automata certainly meets the towering standards BTBAM have set for the past 16 years” and The Prog Report declaring Automata I & II “a very well done feather in BTBAM’s prog concept album cap”.