The thought of mixing metalcore and progressive metal together is interesting to me because I like both of those genres, and the possibilities are endless when combining the two. Well after hearing Between the Buried and Me’s new album “Coma Ecliptic” I found one version of progressive metalcore, and that version has a shit ton of piano in it. The run time of the album alone, almost 1 hour and 10 minutes, was one hint to me that this album was gonna be something else and it was. The guitars vary between being smooth and calm to more a more intense feel that always comes with the screaming vocals that you expect from metalcore since that’s one of its main features. In between the calm bits came that piano I was talking about and it works so well with everything being slower, more calm, and generally being what was a build up to more intense everything (guitars, vocals, etc.). Each track flowed into another and it felt like all of “Coma Ecliptic” composed of really a few songs, but they were chopped up and made into other, smaller tracks that went anywhere between 2 to 10 minutes long. And they all worked extremely well which is another thing that I was not expecting from this album. The texture and feel of “Coma Ecliptic” itself actually made you feel like you were actually in a coma and having an out of body experience the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. Between the Buried and Me have made a truly unique album that while I cannot say I loved, it was without a doubt one of the most innovative and unexpected metalcore albums I’ve ever heard before.
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