Between The Buried And Me - Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade) 2015
It took them seven albums, but Between The Buried And Me have finally broken through the barrier that separates prog-influenced bands from true prog acts. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Yes, King Crimson and (amazingly) Queen, BTBAM created a Prog-Opera for the ages. Coma Ecliptic is a conceptual album about a man in a coma, journeying through his past, each song a chapter in his life, only to wake up and see that beauty is in reality. After 13 years, BTBAM realized that they could intertwine their aggressive demeanor with their desire to write grandiose pieces. As such, they were able to create complex structures that not only feature their metal influences, but also have playful jazz-rock passages and astonishing ethereal moments. Coma Ecliptic is a rediscovering of BTBAM for all their fans, a glimpse into the prog-metal giants that they are becoming. If this record is any indication, from now on we demand great things from them.