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Between The Buried And Me

Between The Buried And Me: AlaskaAlaska (2005)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: danperroneDan Perrone
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It's no secret: Between The Buried And Me want to challenge you. They want to obliterate your senses with their blast beats, frantic yet bone-crushing guitar work, shrieked and gurgled screams, and monumental hardcore anthems that sometimes double a standard track's length. And yet, you know what to.
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It's no secret: Between The Buried And Me want to challenge you. They want to obliterate your senses with their blast beats, frantic yet bone-crushing guitar work, shrieked and gurgled screams, and monumental hardcore anthems that sometimes double a standard track's length. And yet, you know what to expect when you pop in a disc by these guys. Alaska is no different from the band's first two releases, but with some tweaked songwriting and a more coherent sound when compared to the disappointing The Silent Circus, Between The Buried And Me have cooked up some of their most enjoyable material to date.

Not unlike the band's previous efforts, Alaska is an exceedingly difficult listen. For fifty-three minutes, Between The Buried And Me rip through eleven tracks of (for the most part) pure fury, with mixed results. There's honestly not a bad song to be found here; the problem is that a handful of songs on Alaska follow the exact same pattern, dragging on for way too long with little variety. Songs like "Roboturner" and "Autodidact" drag on for five and a half, even seven minutes with little rising and falling action. When you are as brutal sounding of a band as Between The Buried And Me, even the most weathered of ears needs a rest every once in a while. It's simply a case of too much, too soon with some of these songs. Even with exceptional musicianship, the not-so-good tracks showcased here can feel like hours long.

To no one's surprise, the better songs on Alaska are the ones which switch it up a bit; "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" opens with a minute and a half of nifty dueling guitar play before vocalist Tommy Rogers enters with his trademark lullaby voice to screaming to growling tendencies. With this song, length is not an issue -- the band throws enough into the mix to keep the listener interested and not bore them. Among the other standouts are "Backwards Marathon," another eight and a half minute behemoth which boasts a very creepy, atmospheric bridge with Rogers crooning "It's raining…" over echoed guitar lines, and "Alaska," which is nothing more than a straight-ahead skull crusher that knows just when to stop. The showstopper, however, is buried towards the end of Alaska (which is unfortunate, because many will no doubt give up by this point), titled "The Primer." It brings back the melodic yet heavy guitar play found on what is probably the band's most popular song, "Aspirations," and is exciting from start to finish.

Just stating that this band is talented is simply not enough. Alaska will truly blow you away with how well the band members play their instruments. For those looking for nothing more than a well-performed album, they should look no further. However, coupled with a more focused approach to their next album, Between The Buried And Me could create an album which would sit at the upper echelon of albums for its respective year. Until then, Alaska will have to keep our bombastic hardcore needs fulfilled, and for many, that may not sound like too great of a deal.

Standout Tracks:

  • "Selkies: The Endless Obsession"
  • "The Primer"
  • "Alaska"
  • "Backwards Marathon"

 

 
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spoon_of_grimbo (September 21, 2007)

Pretty amazing album, but nothing on the newie, Colors is amazing. Somebody review it!

C_Z (November 15, 2006)

Amazing band
amazing musicianship
amazing album

Selkies - one of the greates songs i've heard in years

Jim_Neighbors (June 23, 2006)

This is a solid ass metal CD. Thats all there is too it. The end

chachmyer (May 24, 2006)

BTBAM is one of the best bands out there.
This album kicks ass. I can't wait to hear there next one.

TIGHT (May 23, 2006)

soooo insane-o!! I love it. totally dig this album

HeresLookinAtYou (March 29, 2006)

The S/T was awesome

Silent Circus was good

This album is just eh

They tear it up live though

Anonymous (March 16, 2006)

I hate this band
their music is uninteresting and pompous.
fuck them.

Anonymous (February 13, 2006)

This is one of the most talented albums ever made. This band has yet to dissapoint me.
This on the list of best hardcore albums.
along with:
1.Poison the Well-Oppisite of December
2.Cave In-Beyond Hypothermia
3.BTBAM-Alaska
4.Reflux-War is Hell

Anonymous (January 8, 2006)

ste band la mfait tripper! mallade cr mo que si ya un show a qc c sure qchu la!!!
-xx-cray-z low-xx-

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

dream theater ..i dont want anybody to cry

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

just for fun i read almost all of the posts for this album...practically all of you are complete morons...first off i don't want to hear anything about oldschool hardcore..generic metalcore...fairweather..or whatever else you newjacks are trying to compare this band too...im sure all of you are just amazing musicians and you know soooo much...dream theatre a joke hahahaha..dream theatre is one of the most talented group of guys ever put together...but anyways between the buried and me is nothing but talent...you say btbam sucks because why??what was that you dont like their name...you don't like btbam abbreviation o boo hoo thats a real good reason to dislike a band...WOW... i havent heard anything that sounds remotely convincing.....since the music all of you listen to is sooo much better why don't you list a few i am very curious...well i would expound on how amazing this band is but it's not that important...so why don't each of you go pop in some bleeding through or atreyu and shoot yourself...because thats about as good as it gets in your cd case

benz (November 7, 2005)

The new Minus the Bear isn't THAT good.

Foaming_97 (October 16, 2005)

Ok I think this cd is awesome. I think Between the Buried and Me is awesome.

Also, don't compare this to old hardcore. It sounds nothing like old hardcore. It's all awesome, but I think it's more of a metal album.

Not to mention some this stuff is hard to play and write. People shouldn't give this band shit at all.

This is my opinion,if you don't like it, then please curl up into a beetle position in the middle of a four way intersection.

lou (October 7, 2005)

okay, i've always avoided listening to this band pretty much because of their name, because when it comes right down to it, you can usually judge a book by its cover. i like this cd more than i thought i would though.

the kid below me is right, but he obviously doesn't read that many reviews on this site.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

why does everyone have to hate on music? you either like it or you don't. quit putting everyone down, no one really gives a damn what you hate. i seriously doubt between the buried and me make music so you can argue over what it's defined as or if it's good enough for your taste. enjoy it or don't listen to it.

Anonymous (September 27, 2005)

greatest album created

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

You must be joking this album is legendary!!!! I haven't heard anything like it in a long time. keeps you entertained and you never know what to expect in the next verse.........

Gigantor (September 19, 2005)

Fairweather - "Alaska"

way to go in thinking of a name for an album that hasn't been used in the past 4 years.. Real original

SilentStorms (September 19, 2005)

Don't ever say you don't need to listen to an album to know it sucks. Make your own opinion you fucking sponge. Sorry ... but not quite.

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Score is for Alaska

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

Rush is the worst band ever. They are terrible because each member of that band is so insanely talented they could populate entire genres with their talents alone. Yet, somehow, when stuck together in a studio or on a stage they cannot compose anything that isn't short of irritating drivel.

theundergroundscene (September 18, 2005)

my bad

yayforapathy (September 18, 2005)

"just because two albums get the same score doesn't mean they're identical in how much i (or someone else) like(s) them

i listen to the minus the bear a lot more than this, but it got a 7 for its own reasons

i listen to this cd a decent amount too, and it's good for different reasons"

I'm just fucking with you bro. I did the same thing on the AWS thread. Don't take me seriously. I sure as hell don't.

theundergroundscene (September 17, 2005)

just because two albums get the same score doesn't mean they're identical in how much i (or someone else) like(s) them

i listen to the minus the bear a lot more than this, but it got a 7 for its own reasons

i listen to this cd a decent amount too, and it's good for different reasons

yayforapathy (September 17, 2005)

This was the wrong reviewer for this album. This album is hot, sorry if you don't get it."

I believe the question is: Is it better than the new Minus the Bear? I doubt this with a passion that devours the sea.

yayforapathy (September 17, 2005)

This was the wrong reviewer for this album. This album is hot, sorry if you don't get it."

I believe the question is: Is it better than the new Minus the Bear? I don't this with a passion that devours the sea.

OverDefined (September 17, 2005)

This was the wrong reviewer for this album. This album is hot, sorry if you don't get it.

yayforapathy (September 17, 2005)

"Rush's drummer is amazing and has influenced countless drummers over the years. Yeah, Rush sucks, but dont diss Neil hes fucking awesome."

Agreed. Great drummer. The band in general was terrible thougjh. Or IS terrible. I don't keep up.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

Garbage

Russe11 (September 17, 2005)

Rush's drummer is amazing and has influenced countless drummers over the years. Yeah, Rush sucks, but dont diss Neil hes fucking awesome.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 17, 2005)

call me closed minded, but i don't think i need to listen to this to know it sucks.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

fairweather's EP was pretty good.

wyzo

yayforapathy (September 17, 2005)

I'm lossing faith in your reviews man. This gets the same score as the new Minus the Bear? Which by the way kicks ass!! I don't know what's going on here.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

"HOLY SHIT.

Has Victory put out 2 extremely good Metal albums within 2 1/2 months?

Apocalypse."

Who the fuck cares about your opinion anyways? Your review of finch was so wrong in so many ways that it wasn't even funny. I mean, i think finch are shit too, but if that cd wasn't fucking mike patton up his ass then i don't know what. And that dillinger escape plan ripoff on that cd most certainly didn't sound like hawthorne heights, Yes, it was REALLY REALLY bad. But shit, the point is, no one cares, stop posting

- THAT someone.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

Today I was practicing with a drummer and he put on some Dream Theater DVD...

What a fucking joke of a band. Same goes for Rush.

These are the least talented compositions I've ever heard. Throwing together some solos and having a lame 4 chord chorus are for the birds.

The drummer was telling me that "people want transitions!"... Once again, what a fucking joke.

Music like this sucks because you walk away from the songs not remembering what you just heard. All you know is that you didn't like it, so you don't do it again.

-Will

Big_Guy (September 17, 2005)

"most talented band ever"

good one.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

most talented band ever

etwiels88 (September 16, 2005)

Posted by theundergroundscene on 2005-09-16 15:38:29

you really think lusitania is a 10/10?

i wouldn't give it more than a 4...

alaska was very good though

Nah, I take that back. But I like that album a lot.

SilentStorms (September 16, 2005)

I Love what i love, and if u hate it - i don';t give a ratz ass
that's the beauty of punk. FUCK YOU! Muhahahaha

SilentStorms (September 16, 2005)

Yeah, we're all scene and we love what they tell us too. Reep and weep.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

To the guy below: Please do not lump this band in with fashioncore shit like Atreyu and 18 Visions.
And to the reviewer: How was The Silent Circus dissapointing? How could you like this one but think that one wasn't good?

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

"im so cool, i can name all the old school hardcore bands. I must be really scene!!

comparing old school hardcore to between the buried and me is pretty pointless..... one band plays 3 chords where as BTBAM play all that in one part. And vocally they are singing about politics, while BTBAM are singing about who the fuck cares......
OLD SCHOOL HARDCORE is all vocals
BTBAM is more focused on their instruments
you cant fault either but you cant really compare them"

um, i listed 3 of the most popular hardcore bands in punk history. your average 14 year old kid getting started on punk can recognize them. how that suddenly makes me mr. high and mighty "scene" is quite laughable.

no little grasshopper, the difference between all the bands i "name" dropped and this new breed of "hardcore" isn't vocal style or topical matter or whatever else your deluded little mind can think of. the aforementioned bands are still punk bands. pure and simple. go ahead and get your rocks off to atreyu or every time i die or 18 visions or whatever faux pop metal lite band that tries to attach its name to hardcore PUNK. we all know what is what.

crazytoledo (September 16, 2005)

HOLY SHIT.

Has Victory put out 2 extremely good Metal albums within 2 1/2 months?

Apocalypse.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

to the guy below..

im so cool, i can name all the old school hardcore bands. I must be really scene!!

comparing old school hardcore to between the buried and me is pretty pointless..... one band plays 3 chords where as BTBAM play all that in one part. And vocally they are singing about politics, while BTBAM are singing about who the fuck cares......
OLD SCHOOL HARDCORE is all vocals
BTBAM is more focused on their instruments
you cant fault either but you cant really compare them

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

minor threat? hardcore
circle jerks? hardcore
gorilla biscuits? hardcore
between the buried and me? poo

/end lesson

takingchase (September 16, 2005)

I can only listen to this while i'm stoned, otherwise its way too boring.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

if your trying to say these guys are lazy songwriters.....well thats kinda hard for me to believe. I play guitar and the amount of time for making a BTBAM song would be ALOT more then writing a converge song. I kind of see where you guys are coming from since they never repeat a single part so it sometimes sounds like randomness. But chaotic metalcore is supposed to be like that and with release they added alot more of a progressive feel which i find comendable. But this is all coming from a person who liked silent circus and the reviewer thought that was disappointing so............

McGarnicle (September 16, 2005)

Am I the only one here who kinda stays away from really long band names that imply death? If these guys were named The Boners or The Penises or even The Wangs I'd probably be into them. The point is...less long death names and more short penis (that doesn't sound good) names

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Gotta Agree with below, Fairweathers Alaska EP was simply better than this CD. Must suck to put out the second best disk named Alaska.

Perhaps we need another Clarity or Shape of Punk to Come as well??

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Eating my words: I love this record. Sorry Btbam. You are very good musicians. Giles sucks tho. Sorry again.

Barkley

dazed (September 16, 2005)

I saw this band live and none of their songs sounded like anything. They were good at their instruments, but their songs might sound more like songs if they stuck with a riff and expounded on it or didn't have "ambient" keyboard breakdowns or something.

SilentStorms (September 16, 2005)

Thanks.

skaboom (September 16, 2005)

Why should people want to listen to "challenging" music anyway? There is a happy middle ground between simple pop-punk riffs and over the top technicality, yet almost every new band is either "stripped down" or tech-metal.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

nice try being funny, dude.

p.s. this band is also really pretentious.

SilentStorms (September 16, 2005)

Yeah buddy, I'm sure these guys are LAZY songwriters ... idiot. They take more time than anyone with riffs and shit like
his than you do planning your wedding to your best homosexual friend. Seriously they try too hard sometimes, but let's not go crazy here. P.S. I love gay people. Hence the gayness. Oh and this album is good, but not great.

stevejonestherealbones (September 16, 2005)

this sounds like Coalesce got in a fight with Dilinger Escape Plan and they beat all the talent out of each other, then formed a band together, stole Meshuggah's instruments and tried to write Converge songs.

hahahhaha. i LOL'd and then ROLF'd and WTF'd

i thought it was funny

- jones the bones

- i hate this bands name and their abbreviation . BTBAM. i hate when i see that and read "bee tee bam" i dont know why but it makes me angry and then i ROFL and WTFASSFUCK

thekillerinyou (September 16, 2005)

"this sounds like Coalesce got in a fight with Dilinger Escape Plan and they beat all the talent out of each other, then formed a band together, stole Meshuggah's instruments and tried to write Converge songs."

they should put that on the 4"x4" sticker

AlmostPunkEnough (September 16, 2005)

this sounds like Coalesce got in a fight with Dilinger Escape Plan and they beat all the talent out of each other, then formed a band together, stole Meshuggah's instruments and tried to write Converge songs.

i'm sorry, i like a lot of super heavy/fast stuff, and i should like this in theory, but i just don't 'get' it.

theundergroundscene (September 16, 2005)

you really think lusitania is a 10/10?

i wouldn't give it more than a 4...

alaska was very good though

etwiels88 (September 16, 2005)

-Hit enter to early-

The cd never interested me enough to want to play it. Especially with the name Alaska...

Score is for Fairweather's - Lusitania

etwiels88 (September 16, 2005)

I've had this album for like two weeks now and I haven't listened to it once.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

I prefer Fairweather's Alaksa.

ElVaquero (September 16, 2005)

I thought this band was metal.

thekillerinyou (September 16, 2005)

not two stars dammit!!!

thekillerinyou (September 16, 2005)

score is for coalesce

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

This album is almost good enough to make up for the disappointing Giles solo record.

notfeelingcreative (September 16, 2005)

"The Punk Terrorist Anthology" Volume 2 was re-released on Alternative Tentacles this week, if you don't have it already, get that, it's a better way to spend the 12 bucks thats burning a whole in your pocket. Or you could just buy food. You have to eat too, ya know?

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

hey there mister i know everything....Dream Theater is spelled like this

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

this band is not that good. they are part of the new school of tech metal/hardcore bands that think throwing together lots of parts and using odd time signatures is enough to make good songs. it's not. the original wave of these bands was able to do weird and interesting things while still making interesting and cohesive songs. BTBAM are just lazy song-writers who just toss things together with no rhyme or reason and frankly it's BORING. i don't care if they're good musicians, that's not enough. if good musicianship was all i wanted, i'd be listening to dream theatre or something. i want good songs and this band can't deliver. i'll stick with converge or coalesce.

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