Sound — 10
If any album in the world deserves an 11 outta 10, it's this one. Between The Buried And Me has one of the most out of the ordinary, unique, random and melodic styles I have ever witnessed. Their job doing this album includes: ripping guitar riffery, time changes all over the damn place, lack for any basic song structure (no of this verse, chorus x4 crap), calm and/or passive instrumentals, incredible talent from all members.
Lyrics — 10
Some people like screaming. It gets them pumped up! It makes them angry. It gets them going crazy. To these people well whatever floats your boat is fine by me. I like the screaming to a point, but when you have another band like Trivium (there old stuff) all you get is yelling and screaming. Fortunately this album features singing as well! but a healthy mixture of the two is the greatest kind of music. This is what makes Alaska one of the greatest albums ever. 01. All Bodies - this song speaks of the people of the world abusing their power of running it. God (or the creator/Alah/Buddah or w/e else) then sets out and makes the abusers suffer. 02. Alaska - a mish-mesh of random phrases caused by insomnia (not sleeping). 03. Croakies And Boatshows - is a written and revised version of "a day in the life of a son of a rich guy". This song is the diary of a rich brat kid who does nothing but party, have anything he wants and anyone he wants. 04. Selkies: The Endless Obsession - is harder to interpret. Selkies? I don't know what that means. But the rest of the song is about how people care too much about the differences in people. It talks about how racism, generated by TV, radios, movies, ect, has become an obsession to the people of the world. 05. Breathe In, Breathe Out - instrumental. 06. Roboturner - this song tells of how the popular medium is crushing our musical creativity. Producers want songs with no meaning and nothing more than a chorus and a few verses. 07. Backwards Marathon - this song compliments "Robotuner". It shows that the love for music that is alive in many of us can someday reach a more creative stage. As long as we keep imagining, hope and love for music with bring it back to the way it should be. 08. Medicine Wheel - instrumental. 09. The Primer - brings to mind how terrible this world has gotten. People becoming enraged by false reality and going crazy, they are killing people. Women who think they can make it big in hollywood, end up on the internet porn sites. All the drugs of the world are circuating more and more. Divorce is more common than marrige. All these issues are getting worse and worse all the time. 10. Autodidact - is a person who learns something without help of a teacher. This song ponders the thoughts of parinoia, appethy, annoyance and fright. The lyrics kind of go from thought to thought for each part of the song. From uptight to relaxed, afraid to happy. In the end this person gives up trying to comprehend life and isolates themself in their room. 11. Laser Speed - instrumental.
Overall Impression — 10
You've got to love this band's originality and contivertial topics. Also just look at the design of the album. It's great to look at and great to listen to. If you like this album FOR it's HEAVINESS I would suggest getting "Revolver: The Future Is Metal." Some of the songs are lame, but some good bands are "The Black Dahlia Murder", "Mastodon" and even "Gojira". If you like the album for its technical time switches and rhythms I would suggest "Protest The Hero - Kezia" and "The Human Abstract - Nocturne".