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Between The Buried And Me

Formed: 2000
From: Raleigh, NC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Between the Buried and Me is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Below is our complete Between The Buried And Me news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Pit Stories: Anything To Be At The Front

The pit is where the action is, and that's why every week we check in with metal bands from across the entire planet to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

Today Myles Yang from Metal Blade Records outfit Native Construct shares this story of showing up to a Between The Buried and Me show early, only to have another show goer try to pry him away from the front of the crowd:

About five years ago, I was at a Between the Buried and Me concert in North Carolina with some friends. We were huge fans, so we made sure to arrive at the venue several hours before the doors opened in order to secure spots at the very front row of the main floor, right up against the barricade between the stage and the audience.

The show was going great at first, and the crowd was becoming increasingly rowdy, as expected with music like BTBAM’s. There was the usual light pushing and scuffling, and people trying to weasel their way to the front of the crowd. One girl who was standing directly behind us, however, was absolutely hell-bent on getting our spot in the front.

This girl – I’ll just call her Lisa for now – started off with some unremarkable tugging on my arms and clothes in an attempt to pry me off the barricade. I did my best to ignore it and enjoy the show. As BTBAM’s set went on, Lisa became more and more determined, and her tactics escalated to clawing, pulling, and shoving with all her might to remove me from the front row. I wasn’t having it.

Eventually, Lisa’s boyfriend got involved. I was still trying to just focus on the show as much as possible at this point, but all of the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my left shoulder. I immediately turned my head to see what was happening behind me, and found myself staring directly into the crazed face of Lisa’s boyfriend, whose mouth was currently clamped down on my shoulder. He had bitten me. He was still biting me. It was as difficult to believe in that moment as it is now. As the reality of the magnitude of savagery I was dealing with in these people was sinking in, I managed to struggle out of the clutches of his blood-soaked jaw.

By this time, surrounding audience members had noticed that something abnormal was going on, and many people intervened and pulled Lisa and her boyfriend off of us. The venue security also got involved. Of course, they had no information about the nature of the conflict, and their job is to simply end any conflicts as swiftly as possible in order to keep everyone safe. So they understandably rounded up Lisa, her boyfriend, and myself, and began escorting us all the way back across the main floor and through the crowd, in order to eject us all from the venue. Needless to say, though, I was rather unhappy about having to miss the rest of the show due to the behavior of a couple of strangers.

But, to my great fortune, as I was passing through the center of the crowd with my respective security guard escort, Between the Buried and Me began their next song, “Augment of Rebirth.” If you’ve heard this tune, you know that it has a fairly intense start. The crowd instantly erupted into a rambunctious hurricane, and I was quickly separated from the security guard and lost in the dense and chaotic sea of people. There was no chance of security finding me again, and so I was able to see the rest of the show after all – from the pit.

Let us know if you've ever had to deal with overly aggressive fans at the front of the show through the comments section.

Native Construct signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year and will release debut album "Quiet World" on April 21st. Check out a video playthrough off the album below. More...

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BTBAM Announces New Album, Tour

Between the Buried and Me is excited to announce the "Coma Ecliptic" tour, named after the band's forthcoming new album, and set to take place July through August in North America.

The tour features support from Animals As Leaders along with openers The Contortionist. The tour will be the group's first official set of dates following the release of "Coma Ecliptic" on July 7th. A first single from the album will also be landing in early April.

"Coma Ecliptic" will launch via Metal Blade Records worldwide. Once again, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album: this time, the story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect." More...

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BTBAM Announces Tour With The Atlas Moth

By the time fans in the United States see Between the Buried and Me live this April, the band will have completed a brand new album.

The album will see a release later this Summer, but fans will be able to experience BTBAM live beginning April 5th in Asheville, NC at The Orange Peel through April 19th in Lancaster, PA at The Chameleon.

The tour includes appearances at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and Texas Independence Fest. Joining Between the Buried and Me on this tour will be Chicago, IL's The Atlas Moth. The confirmed list of dates are below. More...

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Between The Buried And Me Issues Album Update

Between the Buried and Me has been writing, rehearsing, and compiling ideas for an eighth full-length album over the last several months.

Finally, BTBAM has begun tracking with producer Jamie King in North Carolina, with this new album following previous full-length "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (reviewed here).

With album number eight, the band promises to continue to challenge itself and expand on the elements that makes BTBAM one of the finest progressive bands operating today. Front man Tommy Rogers adds:

"I’m very proud to say that we are now recording a brand new BTBAM record. We have really pushed and challenged ourselves more than ever with this material. It is a perfect representation of where we stand as musicians and as people. This is our voice in the current age of music. Evolution is a must. We now enter the coma and we will see you on the other side… hopefully."

The new album is tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2015 release via Metal Blade Records. Updates from the studio are being posted across the band’s social media sites, as well as the artist’s personal profiles. For updates from vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Warring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson, follow the band online here.

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The Red Chord And Allegaeon Added To NEM&H Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:

Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Code Orange
Overcast
The Atlas Moth
The Banner
Black Mask
Homewrecker
Discourse
Phinehas
Downpour More...

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Between The Buried And Me Recording New Album

Prog metal band Between The Buried And Me will soon be recording the follow-up to "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (reviewed here). The band issued the following brief announcement online:

"In two more weeks we will be reunited with the master Jamie King to record our 7th full length album together. Until then, enjoy the holidays!"

Further details are forthcoming, and in the mean time check out the "Lay Your Ghosts To Rest" video taken off "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" below.

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BTBAM Announces Mexican Shows

Between The Buried And Me has confirmed two headlining shows in Mexico for next year. The band will be heading to Guadalajara and Mexico City on the 20th and 21st of February, respectively.

This will be the band's first time back in Mexico since 2008: fans south of the border might recall BTBAM's show that year in Mexico City with Dream Theater in front of a crowd 10,000 strong.

2/20/15 - Guadalajara, Mexico - C3 Stage
2/21/15 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario

Between the Buried and Me's first ever blu-ray release, "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" was released in September and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart. A sample of the video, "Extremophile Elite," in its 10:03 entirety can be seen now on YouTube. More...

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BTBAM Front Man To Host CreativeLive Class

Tommy Rogers - vocalist for progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me and mastermind of the solo project Thomas Giles - and producer Jamie King will host a free, two-day CreativeLive "Studio Pass" workshop next month on December 8th and 9th.

In this class, Rogers and King will share their signature approach to production: how things should run in a studio to get a final track that sounds like the band on their best day, but not over-produced.

Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look as Rogers and King track drums, bass, vocals and guitar for a song from Rogers's latest solo album "Modern Noise." Head over to CreativeLive Music & Audio at this location for more information and to enroll for free today.

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BTBAM Posts "Extremophile Elite" Video

Between the Buried and Me is set to launch the band's first ever blu-ray release "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" next week via Metal Blade Records worldwide.

The video (also available on DVD) features interviews with each band member and a live recording of "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" performed in its entirety. Additionally, both the DVD and blu-ray versions include an audio CD of the performance.

To whet the appetite of fans who may be wondering just how the in-studio performance with guest musicians looks, "Extremophile Elite" has been released in its entirety. Check it out below. You can also pre-order the release at this location.

Tomorrow, each member of Between the Buried and Me will be hanging out on reddit for an AMA! Ask the band anything from 1pm-3pm ET.

"Future Sequence: Live at Fidelitorium" was recorded at Fidelitorium Recordings outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The video was directed and edited by Justin Reich, with director of photography Ismail Abdelkhalek, and audio engineers Jamie King and Kris Hilbert.

Guest musicians include: Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone, flute), Julian Hinshaw (Tuba), Will Goodyear (marimba, glockenspiel), Taya Ricker (violin), David Parks (violin), Leigh Dixon (viola), and Socrates Razo (cello). Artwork and layout were completed by Owen Chandler, along with band photos by Chuck Johnson. More...

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Between The Buried And Me Announces DVD Release

Progressive powerhouse Between the Buried and Me will be releasing "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" next month on Metal Blade Records.

The September 30th release will be the band and label's first ever Blu-ray release. The video will also be available on DVD and via digital retailers. Pre-orders are available at this location.

"Future Sequence: Live at Fidelitorium" was recorded at Fidelitorium Recordings outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In the video, fans will see Between the Buried and Me performing 2012 album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (reviewed here) in its entirety.

Drummer Blake Richardson comments on the approach to recording this release: "We've always been fans of DVDs where it's just the band, you don't have any other distractions."

Vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers explains further: "We wanted to give the fans something that made them feel a little closer to us, and made them almost feel like they're at practice with us." More...

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Between The Buried And Me Posts New Video

Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) has launched a brand new video, which was filmed at the Baltimore Soundstage in Asheville, NC, and The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN.

"Lay Your Ghosts to Rest" was produced, filmed, and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson. The video is a surreal look at the band's live show, and the detailed light show and production that accompanies the aural experience that fans have come to know and love. Check it out below.

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BTBAM Announces Headlining Shows

Between the Buried and Me previously announced the band will be joining Meshuggah's 25th anniversary tour across North America.

Now, in addition to those shows, BTBAM will be performing a select few headlining shows on the way out to kick off the Meshuggah tour in Los Angeles, CA. Beginning on May 29th, fans will see BTBAM make its way to the west coast with Trioscapes serving as direct support.

Trioscapes features BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs and released a debut album on Metal Blade Records last year. The band also features Walter Fancourt (saxophone) and Matt Lynch (drums). See Between The Buried and Me live on these dates:

w/ Trioscapes
05/29 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
05/30 Little Rock, AR Stickyz
05/31 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
06/01 Austin, TX The Mohawk
06/03 Mesa, AZ The Nile
06/04 San Diego, CA House of Blues

MESHUGGAH - 25 Years of Deviance
06/06 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
06/07 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
06/09 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
06/11 Dallas, TX House of Blues
06/12 Columbia, MO The Blue Note *no Meshuggah
06/13 Indianapolis, IN The Irving Theater *no Meshuggah
06/14 Sauget, IL Pop's
06/15 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
06/17 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
06/18 Boston, MA House of Blues
06/19 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
06/20 Montebello, QC Amnesia Rock Fest
06/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
06/23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts *no Meshuggah

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Meshuggah Announces 25th Anniversary Shows

Meshuggah is returning to North America this summer to celebrate its 25th year of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs bound to fill to capacity.

Opening on all but two festival dates will be North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me.

Meshuggah aims to play a very special 25th anniversary set by performing selections from the band's entire discography. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear at Facebook here (voting ends April 2nd).

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

This week certainly could've gone better for metal. Most of us woke Monday morning to the startling news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus - visiting alien, hilarious aficionado of all things offensive, and lead singer of costumed shock metallers GWAR - had died in his sleep of unknown causes Sunday, March 23rd.

Naturally, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) felt it only right to devote a nice, twitching, juicy slab of this week's podcast to Dave/Oderus. [00:50:45] His sudden death will likely have a massive, throbbing, aching impact on the future of metal culture, an impact as understated and yet as ever-present as his three-decade influence while alive and killing.

It's not all bummer news, though. We have some live concert adventures to share as well. Kevin caught performances by two renowned progressive metal bands: The Ocean [00:08:58] and Between The Buried And Me. [00:37:15] Mike saw thrashers Destruction [00:00:44] and experienced a unique, unexpected, trend-bucking grassroots event dubbed Annihilation Fest, held in Lynchburg, Virginia. [00:27:01]

We'd like to thank Metal Blade Records for their permission to use GWAR's "Zombies, March!" to open up this special episode, which you can check out here.

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BTBAM To Film New DVD

Between The Buried And Me will be recording a new DVD in March. BTBAM's Tommy Rogers comments:

"We are very happy to announce that we are finally doing a DVD for The Future Sequence. In this age we live in you can watch us play any of our songs live online. So we wanted to give our fans something a little different... an intimate live performance of us playing in a studio. It will be a wonderful experience and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we enjoy playing these songs."

Metal Blade Records also adds: "The concept behind this project is in contrast with the band's ambitious and impressive live stage productions - this will feature the band in a small studio, an intimate setting in which they will perform 'The Future Sequence' in its entirety.

"Joining the band for this performance will be a small group of auxiliary musicians, including percussionists, saxophone, flute, string quartet. BTBAM will record at the Fidelitorium outside Winston-Salem, NC after the conclusion of their upcoming North American tour.

"Director Justin Reich will be behind the cameras for this project, and longtime BTBAM producer, Jamie King, will mix and master the audio. The release date is tentatively scheduled for the Fall." More...

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BTBAM Gearing Up For North American Tour

Between The Buried and Me will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America.

Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the journey, the band recently released a short video recorded during its most recent North American excursion at the end of 2013.

The video, as the band describes is, "The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let's switch off together." The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson, with editing by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual effects by Wes Richardson. Check it out below, with full dates on the tour available after the jump. More...

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BTBAM Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Between the Buried and Me has posted a behind-the-scenes clip online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:

"We just launched a new video on our YouTube, giving a little insight into the 'behind the scenes' of a live show. This was taken on our fall headline tour. We're heading out on another headline tour in 13 days, hitting parts of US and Canada, and hope to see you all out there!

"The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones & Wes Richardson, with editing done by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual FX by Wes Richardson."

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BTBAM Announces Headlining Tour

Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. Dates are as follows:

02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie's
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop's
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall More...

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BTBAM Tour Ends Heavy In Tennessee

Between The Buried and Me have done some crazy things, such as playing "Colors" live in its entirety and following the hour-long album with a second complete set of fan-picked favorites. They've also been selling bundles of their latest album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence," that include a full-size BTBAM NASA-themed space suit. It's safe to say that the bar on what constitutes 'crazy' for this band is set rather high. For the whole 35-date tour, which had started on September 13th in North Carolina, the band decided to go full crazy again and perform "Future Sequence," their longest album to date, in its entirety.

Moreover, they were bringing a slew of other near-virtuoso-level bands with them to add even more moments of jaw-dropping to the mix for the show. The Faceless, modern kings of start-stop melodic death metal, The Contortionist, a band pushing the boundaries of metal as much as they push the boundaries of jazz and djent, and The Safety Fire, groove-centric prog lads from overseas, rounded out the lineup. These Herculean feats of skill were all to close out the tour in Nashville, TN on October 25th at The Cannery Ballroom. More...

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The Faceless To Tour With BTBAM

The Faceless is currently preparing to embark on a massive North American tour as direct support to Between The Buried and Me, which kicks off on September 13th.

The band is still touring in support of latest effort, "Autotheism." A new tour promo and music video for the track "Ten Billion Years" is available below, and tour dates can be found after the jump.

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