I’m not going to start this write-up and pretend like I have a solution for grief or that I’ve made peace with the fact that Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is no longer with us. As of this writing, it’s been nearly a week since his passing and frankly, I’m still trying to process that. Telling myself that it can’t be true since I’ve seen Strnad and his bandmates have seemingly all the fun onstage at least seven times.
In time I’ll accept what has occurred. But let’s take a look back.
I’m going to do my best to word this the right way so people can get my point without seeming like I’m insulting the artist here. I’m not looking to have a Jane Campion moment here after all. I’ve listened to Wrack’s Repulsive Gravity, and I did enjoy it, but it seems like money was left on the table. Allow me to explain.
Progressive metal legends Between The Buried And Me previously announced their highly anticipated new album Colors II, the sequel to their aclcaimed Colors album from 2007. The album will be released on Friday, August 20th via Sumerian Records with pre-orders available now at the link below. The band also shared a new single and video for their new single – “Fix The Error” which you can watch now! The track premiered on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal and features drum solos from an ironclad trifecta of Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis, and Ken Schalk. Watch it now!Continue reading →
Progressive metal legends Between The Buried And Me have announced their highly anticipated new album Colors II, a sequel to their aclcaimed Colors album from 2007. The album will be released on Friday, August 20th via Sumerian Records with pre-orders available now at the link below. The band also shared a new single and video for a new track – “Fix The Error” which you can watch now! The track premiered on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal and features drum solos from an ironclad trifecta of Mike Portnoy, Navene Koperweis, and Ken Schalk. Find “Fix The Error” on streaming platforms here.Continue reading →
Between The Buried And Me have announced a series of livestream events on Twitch covering their acclaimed Automata I and Automata IIalbums, as well as a discussion with the band. The dates will be March 19th and 20th and will be free to fans on their Twitch channel. The band also shared a message to fans about the event, organized since the band is still off the road due to the pandemic. The band recently completed work on their new album with their longtime producer and collaborator Jamie King. You can check out a conversation we have with the band here discussing new music and old reissues.
Progressive Metallers Between The Buried and Me have entered the recording studio to begin work on a new album, due out in 2021. The band was coy about the post saying they had acted like they weren’t working on new music, but we know that is not the case. After the cancelation of their 25th-anniversary tour, the band has been busy writing new BTBAM jams and releasing remixed and remastered versions of their classic early albums on Craft Recordings. The new version of Colors drops next month.
I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).
It appears that Protest the Hero have got some thoughts on today’s, let us say shit, political climate. When your opening track is called ‘The Migrant Mother’ it’s a bit of a tell that Palimpsest (Spinefarm Records) has some issues it wants to address. I mean, regardless of subject matter I’d still be all for Palimpsest. Come on, it’s Protest the Hero, I could listen to songs about cooking bacon as long as it’s a new album.