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Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

‘The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues’ is a resolutely schizophrenic affair, again...

Posted Tuesday, 12 April 2011 in

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Between The Buried And Me

Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

Rating: 8

As the brainchild of a band for whom omitting the kitchen sink would constitute the gravest of faux pas, it comes as no surprise that ‘The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues’ is a resolutely schizophrenic affair, touching a multitude of musical bases (spot of brass-infused pomp with your shredding, anyone?), whilst always keeping its return ticket to maximum brutality close to hand. In a departure from what the world has come to expect from Between The Buried And Me, however, this is something of a teaser release, clocking in at just over 30 minutes and acting as a setup for a full-length companion piece pencilled in for 2012. As such, this is perhaps BTBAM’s most compact, streamlined effort to date, and despite the convoluted, sci-fi indebted concept which forms its lyrical foundation (Google it), this is a seriously aggressive half hour of power. Those who enjoyed frontman Tommy Rogers’ recent solo output will appreciate his celestial croon creeping in on occasion, but in the main he defaults to a thunderous, primal bellow, grabbing the unsuspecting listener by the throat and getting all up in their grill, as boundless festivals of fury rage mercilessly around him; fascinating in their complexity, but more than capable of breaking faces should the need arise. That said, there are moments of reprieve to be found, wisely employed as punctuation marks in a frequently breathtaking parade of demolition grade slug-a-thons, brought to life by a phalanx of mathcore nerds progging out with delectable abandon.

Pete Withers

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