“The Parallax II: Future Sequence”, the new album from progressive rock/cutting-edge metal innovators BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on October 9 via Metal Blade Records, the CD, which clocks in at approximately 72 minutes, features artwork from Charlotte, North Carolina artist and designer Chandler Owen (UNDEROATH, SHAI HULUD, HOPESFALL).
“The Parallax II: Future Sequence” was recorded at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with longtime friend of the band and producer Jamie King. Jamie engineered, mixed and mastered “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”, which makes this the sixth release Jamie and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have worked together on.
“The Parallax II: Future Sequence” track listing:
01. Goodbye To Everything
02. Astral Body
03. Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
05. Extremophile Elite
07. The Black Box
10. Melting City
11. Silent Flight Parliament
12. Goodbye to Everything Reprise
Regarding the concept of “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”, the new full-length album picks up where the 2011 EP, “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues”, left off.
“The two main characters of the story take on a journey through space and time with the unenviable task of having to cure the flaws of humanity by any means necessary,” comments guitarist Paul Waggoner. “While the EP served mostly as an introduction to the characters, ‘Future Sequence’ contains the action of the story. The lyrics are written in the stream of consciousness style, which really helps to capture the perspective and emotion of the characters. We really enjoyed the challenge of writing this record, and I think we were all pleasantly surprised with how well the music and lyrics jived with one another. I couldn’t be happier with how ‘Future Sequence’ turned out.”
Vocalist and keyboardist Tommy Rogers adds his thoughts on the musical direction of “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”: “This album is BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME on steroids. I feel like we have created an album that perfectly mirrors the band we’ve been trying to create since day one. An album that has sounds that will stimulate many genres and music fans alike. A conceptual journey that takes the listener to worlds that seem familiar and worlds that make you scratch your head. From start to finish this is music we want to create, not music we think people want us to create. We create songs that keep us (and hopefully you) excited about heavy music. Keep listening… something new will be there each time. Enjoy the music… we enjoyed writing it.”
The “Astral Body” video can be seen below. The clip, which was directed by Wes Richardson, is filled with extraterrestrial imagery climaxing in the explosion of a glacier and land mass as the sole character flies through space.
“The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” (released in April 2011) is a three-song strong, 30-minute tour de force of modern heavy music. Produced and engineered by the Grammy award–winning David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE, KING CRIMSON, DREAM THEATER) with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, the record soared to No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart in its first week of release while landing the No. 5 spot on the Hard Music chart, and No. 8 on the Independent Albums chart in its first week of release. “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” also debuted in Canada charting at Mo. 62 on the Top 200 Current chart, No. 6 on the Hard chart, and No. 14 on the Independent chart.
“Astral Body” video:
“Telos” audio stream:
Photo credit: Justin Reich