Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

Between the Buried and Me released The Parallax II: Future Sequence on October 9, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. To say this is a concept album is a bit of an understatement. The North Carolina based band released a very heady, sometimes confusing, but always interesting album. Parallax sounds like some groovy 70s Yes inspired album. It's full of guitars and keyboards and harmonies. It's a total throwback with a modern feel. Nothing on Parallax feels dated. The songs showcase the guitar work of Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring in a truly inspired way. What's totally cool about this album is that the guitars are very Yes, very ELP and it has the vocal harmonies of prog rock but it also has the crazy growly vocals that meander in and out of already complex fusion compositions.

Parallax is a musical journey. You feel a bit like Alice though the looking glass. You never know where the album is going to take you. You just intuitively know that the path is going to be fun and interesting. Parallax is lovely and ethereal in some places and a spasmodic cacophonous mishigosh in others. Between the Buried and Me is the Frank Zappa for the 21st Century.

I love the musical landscape of The Parallax II. Between the Buried and Me are amazing musicians and what Dan Griggs creates with his bass lines perfectly complement Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring on guitar. Tommy Rogers adds layers and ambiance with the keyboards while Blake Richardson flourishes behind his drum kit. The combination is heady. You lose yourself in the album. Parallax II is music without borders. Between the Buried and Me can't be pigeon holed into one set category.


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