Coma Ecliptic Live - Between The Buried And Me
Artist: Between The Buried And Me Album: Coma Ecliptic Live Genre: Progressive Metal
Review by Steve Jenkins
This live album sees the operatic and progressive metal masters Between The Buried And Me perform their 2015 album Coma Ecliptic in its entirety. Filmed live on location at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, California on October 4th 2016, we see and hear why exactly BTBAM are one of the most cinematic and diverse bands in the World.
Between The Buried And Me can be very hit and miss at times, but when they do get it right the results end up being amazing and spectacular. These guys are capable of so much and they possess a crazy amount of talent, so when they release something mediocre then it really does disappoint. Thankfully, this is a very rare occurrence and this release does not let down at all.
BTBAM have made successful live albums previously to this one. With their classic album 2007 Colors being turned into an incredible performance piece that captured moments of brilliance, along with Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium back in 2014. This is not a bad album to have recorded a live version of by any means, it's very much a similar sound and feel to their previous album The Parallax II: Future Sequence which was an epic, cosmic journey. The biggest change up would be the increase of clean vocals which for me personally is a good thing, as I've never really been a fan of Tommy Rogers' harsh screaming. Yes, this is a live album, but to be honest it feels just like I'm listening to the studio version, that's how clean and polished it sounds. I kind of wish that there was a bit more of a raw energy from the live atmosphere that you generally get at a show, but it's not really present here. It is nice to listen to some new arrangements and new tricks which do occur in the live setting, but this doesn't really add a new dimension.
Every note and every arrangement is nailed with absolute precision just like we've come to expect from the band, with plenty of captivating guitar work and so many sporadic styles that deliver magical moments. They carry a Dream Theater essence that really holds up strong thanks to the electronic patterns mixed with the sheer power of the guitars and drums. BTBAM are a band to observe and appreciate whilst witnessing them in a live environment, but when they do have heavier moments it's extremely hard not to rock out and start moving.
If you're already a fan of BTBAM then you're going to enjoy this journey that they take you on, as it very much proves just how special they are and how they continue to be the best of the best in terms of modern progressive metal.
7.5 out of 10 stars.
Coma Ecliptic Live is out April 28th via Metal Blade Records. It will be available as a CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Pre-order here