Beneath the bronchial screams, symphonic cadences and twists of meter that carry their songs, there’s a jawdropping musicianship to the members of Between The Buried And Me. It’s easy to compose difficult songs, it’s hard to play them well. And play them well, they do.
A few moments into one of their shows and you’ll be entranced by their seemingly effortless ability to storm through the chaotic structures without so much as a missed tap on the hi-hat. It’s a skill that shows in each member, but particularly in the agile twists and turns of guitarist Paul Waggoner, whose nearly robotic riffage electrifies every moment in their catalogue.
On a tribute album called “The Anatomy Of,” Between The Buried and Me covers everybody from Metallica to Queen, two groups that reflect the band’s style to a tee: it’s melodic, driven, ambitious metal with a side of battery acid. And that’s how they like it. Since 2000, Between The Buried And Me have released five full lengths, toured with nearly every top-shelf act in the genre and have even had a few songs shown up in the video game Rock Band. They’re still growing strong.
Between The Buried And Me is a frenzied and captivating listen bolstered by the air-tight instrumentation and plain-as-day chemistry between the members. So find these guys on tour, get a ticket and go witness one of the most compelling, unpredictable acts on the road today. You’ll be glad you did.