Members: Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. - Lead Vocals, Keyboard Paul Waggoner - Lead Guitar, Vocals Dustie Waring - Rhythm Guitar Blake Richardson - Drums Dan Briggs - Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Biography: Founded in early 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina after the demise of the Metalcore band Prayer for Cleansing, Tommy Rogers and Paul Waggoner formed a new band to continue PFC's legacy of intensity. They picked up Nick Fletcher on guitar, Jason King on bass (both formerly in NC's Azazel) and Will Goodyear on drums to complete their lineup. This band would soon be called Between The Buried And Me, after a section of lyrics in the Counting Crows song, "Ghost Train;" "Took the cannonball down to the ocean/Across the desert from the sea to shining sea/I rode a ladder that climbed across the nation/Fifty million feet of earth between the buried and me."
Several lineup changes ensued that saw Rogers and Waggoner being rounded out by guitarist Dusty Waring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson. Joining forces with producer Jamie King, who had recorded their self-titled effort, Between the Buried and Me released Alaska in September 2005. Various tour dates with the Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Bleeding Through, and Haste the Day followed. The band next paid tribute to many of their influences, from Pantera to Queen to Pink Floyd, on the covers album The Anatomy Of, which surfaced in June 2006, before hitting the road on a subsequent headlining tour. That fall, Victory reissued The Silent Circus with an additional bonus DVD of material. In 2007, they went to the studio with producer Jamie King and recorded Colors, which was released that September through Victory Records and described as "new wave polka grunge" by the band. The Great Misdirect, the band's fifth studio album, appeared two years later. Victory put out a Between the Buried and Me greatest-hits album in 2011, just weeks before the band released their first EP on Metal Blade, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, the first entry in a two-part concept album. The second part, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, followed in 2012. The band returned to the studio in January 2015 to record their seventh studio album. ~ Wikipedia + Pandora Bio
The Great Misdirect (2009)
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues - EP (2011)
The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012)
Genre: Progressive Metal, Technical Death Metal, Avant-garde Metal Similar Artists: Dream Theater, The Human Extract, The Faceless Similar Bonnaroo Artists: Slayer, Pallbearer, Unlocking the Truth
Physical Reaction/Live Show If you are looking for straight up metal like AC/DC, this is not the band for you. BTBAM will take you on an epic space ride through different styles, genres, and tempos filled with relentless thrash, captivating ballads, and brutal breakdowns. When giving them a listen for the first time, I suggest making it through an entire song before passing judgement. I'll be the first to admit, I stopped a minute into my first song thinking it wasn't for me. It wasn't until I gave one of their 10+ minute metal symphonies a chance that I truly began to appreciate their musicality. For those not familiar with death metal, the screaming/growling may be a little hard to stomach at first, but for me, I think its percussive elements add a lot to this genre of music. If you like what you hear, the best way to listen to BTBAM is a full album all the way through. With both Colors and The Parallax II, the songs flow seamlessly together, feeling like two really long songs rather than two really long albums. Either way, if you're a fan of highly technical performances or genre-defying music, you'd better not miss this show! Personally, I'm hoping for another late night metal tent this year!
Interesting Facts In regard to the direction of their new album, Waggoner said, "The [Parallax] story is, I think, done. I think we wanted to just do the two-thing, although we left sort of an open door. Maybe we could go further with it, but I don't think we will. I think that was a cool challenge that we sort of gave ourselves." Rogers added, “I think I’m done with space. I mean, we’ve done so much space. There’s so much space now. Space is so “in.” You think it’s us that made it “in”? Are we the reason for ‘Gravity’?”
Colors was Mike Portnoy's (drummer for Dream Theater, one of their main influences when forming) favorite album of 2007.
Both Rogers and Briggs are vegan and straight edge.
Personal Note I still can't beat "Prequel to the Sequel" in Rock Band on expert drums.