Sound — 8
"The Parallax II: Future Sequence" is the sixth studio album by Between The Buried And Me and is the continuation of the band's two part concept album. Being much longer in length than three song "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues", this album takes the theme and sound of their previous EP and explores it on a much deeper and wider level. While not straying far from the distinct sound they have created over the past few albums Between The Buried And Me manage to keep the riff writing and vocals sounding fresh. From smooth jazzy sounds to manic aggressive metal and everything in between there is plenty of fun and interesting instrumentation telling the story spanning this album. For those who haven't herd the album yet their first single "Astral Body" is a decent cross-section of the album. A mixture of textural and dizzying riffs show off Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring's skill on the guitars and a mixture of cleanly melodic and more aggressive screamed vocals by Tommy Rogers sets the scene for the songs quite well. The album starts and ends with the relatively peaceful songs "Goodbye To Everything" and "Goodbye To Everything Reprise" respectively. There are plenty of good meaty songs on "Future Sequence" interlaced with with mildly creepy interludes like "Autumn" and a rather bizarre side trip that is "Bloom". Overall it is a fun album to listen to beginning to end that manages not to get stale even though it runs just over 72 minutes.
Lyrics — 8
Tommy Rogers does very well with his vocals on this album. His clean singing sounds much improved to my ears over previous efforts and he uses it well throughout. The lyrical concepts on this album, like the previous EP, are rather deep and will take some digging into to get their full worth. There are callbacks to other work such as reprized lyrics in "Extremophile Elite" from "Specular Reflection" on "Hypersleep Dialogues" that make for an interest game of connect the musical dots.
Overall Impression — 9
This it Between The Buried And Me's best album since "Colors" and in my opinion it surpasses "Colors". Certainly a must have for any BTBAM fan. "Astral Body" is certainly a stand out song with an unexpectedly happy sound to it in the beginning. "Bloom" and "Extremophile Elite" are also favorites. It take more than one listen to really pick out all the little interesting details in the music. I've listened to this album through several times and it will remain in heavy rotation on my music players for a while. As I've stated previously this is a fun one to listen to.