Between The Buried And Me - Alaska


8.3 | 211 votes |
Release date: 6 September 2005
Style: Progressive metalcore

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1 trades it


01. All Bodies
02. Alaska
03. Croakies And Boatshoes
04. Selkies: The Endless Obsession
05. Breathe In, Breathe Out
06. Roboturner
07. Backwards Marathon
08. Medicine Wheel
09. The Primer
10. Autodidact
11. Laser Speed

Guest review by
flightoficarus
Rating:
8.9
After a somewhat lukewarm reaction to The Silent Circus, Between The Buried And Me stepped into the studio with a vengeance, not to mention Victory's increased marketing on programs like Headbanger's Ball. Alaska represents a band still experimenting with various alternative and extreme sounds. What more could you expect from a metal group that takes their name from a Counting Crows song? However, this album takes all previous elements and greatly cranks up focus on the bigger picture. Chaos is distinctly more ordered and instrumental tracks like wispy "Medicine Wheel" and jazzy "Laser Speed" flow much more seamlessly with the violence.

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published 04.05.2015 | Comments (14)

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21.12.2009 - 22:59
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth

Posts: 2518
From: Czech Republic

Listened to this album one and a half times, and it already sounds pretty good.
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23.03.2010 - 02:59
Rating: 9
missionmetal

Posts: 3
From: USA
Amazing metalcore, with some slight prog elements starting to show in the bands songwriting
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19.05.2011 - 03:51
Rating: 9
The Benighted

Posts: 197
From: USA

I'd say Colors barely edges this one out. This one is way more aggressive though.
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12.08.2012 - 16:37
Rating: 7
DavidBurns

Posts: 12
From: UK
Selkies: The Endless Obsession is the only track on this album worth anything more than the seven I have given the album as a whole. Impressive and worth more seven years ago but now the album pales in comparison to their newer ones. Seven years ago this album was definitely worth at least an eight but Between the Buried in Me have came a long way since this and are now far more impressive as a whole. However, I will say Selkies is one of the best tracks they have ever wrote.
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16.06.2014 - 04:28
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

What a mess...
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23.04.2015 - 18:28
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp

Posts: 932
From: USA

Beautiful album. This and Colors were their high point imo.
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23.04.2015 - 18:30
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp

Posts: 932
From: USA

Written by LeKiwi on 16.06.2014 at 04:28

What a mess...


You of all people...this surprised me greatly.
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23.04.2015 - 18:45
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Written by flightoficarus on 23.04.2015 at 18:30

You of all people...this surprised me greatly.

Might give it a re-listen, but I remember finding this album really distasteful
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23.04.2015 - 18:58
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp

Posts: 932
From: USA

Written by LeKiwi on 23.04.2015 at 18:45

Written by flightoficarus on 23.04.2015 at 18:30

You of all people...this surprised me greatly.

Might give it a re-listen, but I remember finding this album really distasteful


You are entirely entitled to your opinion, but given some of the stuff you have noted liking I would definitely give this album at least one more spin. At the very least I would be surprised if you rate it below a 7. Also, have you heard Colors?
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24.04.2015 - 01:48
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Written by flightoficarus on 23.04.2015 at 18:58

You are entirely entitled to your opinion, but given some of the stuff you have noted liking I would definitely give this album at least one more spin. At the very least I would be surprised if you rate it below a 7. Also, have you heard Colors?

I've always thought the "heavier" passages of BtBaM felt...forced. It's not their area of expertise IMO. If they cut that out, they'd probably be among my favourite bands.

This album is probably their "heaviest", so...
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05.05.2015 - 16:26
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Written by flightoficarus on 23.04.2015 at 18:58
At the very least I would be surprised if you rate it below a 7. Also, have you heard Colors?

Damn you...
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05.05.2015 - 16:28
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp

Posts: 932
From: USA

Written by LeKiwi on 05.05.2015 at 16:26

Damn you...


Made my morning
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05.05.2015 - 16:29
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Written by flightoficarus on 05.05.2015 at 16:28

Made my morning

Really close to a 9...so strange how tastes evolve. I actually hated this album a few years ago

Edit: My post was last year?!
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05.05.2015 - 16:40
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp

Posts: 932
From: USA

Written by LeKiwi on 05.05.2015 at 16:29

Really close to a 9...so strange how tastes evolve. I actually hated this album a few years ago

Edit: My post was last year?!


I thought you might reconsider. Honestly, I didn't like this album the first time I heard it either. Great stuff, time forgives.
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05.05.2015 - 16:44
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Written by flightoficarus on 05.05.2015 at 16:40
time forgives.

Sadly a lesson only learned...with time.
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08.08.2015 - 18:11
Ichinose

Posts: 114
From: Greece

Written by LeKiwi on 05.05.2015 at 16:44

Written by flightoficarus on 05.05.2015 at 16:40
time forgives.

Sadly a lesson only learned...with time.


I couldn't listen to hard vocals at first (shit like, swallow the sun, dragonian) etc.

I only listened to Anathem and my Dying bride stuff.

Oh boy...
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