Between The Buried And Me Makes An Anticipated First-Ever Headlining Stop In Vancouver
Band Photo: Job For A Cowboy (?)
It is without a doubt that the hype and anticipation around the first ever headlining performance from Between the Buried and Me in Vancouver was huge. Having appeared in the city twice before as an opening act, playing only 2 songs in its first appearance and 3 songs the next, the BTBAM faithful were lined up two blocks deep outside the city's Rickshaw Theater hours before showtime, to catch a well deserved full length set. Although being the headline act the attention would soon be taken away from them by five guys from Germany, who would show Vancouver how live metal should be done.
While Between the Buried and Me were in fact the band the crowd had came to see, the show was completely stolen without question by openers The Ocean. Travelling across the Atlantic from Berlin, Germany The Ocean brought its entirely unique sound, a mixture of progressive, death and post-metal, and put on a performance that was truly captivating. While relying on material from its two 2010 releases "Heliocentric" and "Anthropocentric," with the exception of one track- "The Great Blue Cold Now Reigns," The Ocean proved why they are the most underrated metal band yet to break out in the larger North American scene. The intensity and energy of the band was beyond human and The Ocean made every second of its 45 minute set count. Utilizing dark and vivid film visuals in sync with its music displayed on a giant movie screen, the set was more of a spiritual experience than it was a metal concert, although The Ocean were more than heavy. The Ocean were not only able to keep up with its complex music but it provided the absolute climax of the evening when vocalist, Loic Rossetti, climbed to the top of the venue's sound-booth tower and leaped off into the packed audience - all the while continuing to bark out his lower end growls. Not to be out-done, guitarist and band founder Robin Staps made several dives into the crowd with bassist Louis Jucker opting to dive into the audience and remain there, playing bass with a thousand of his new best-friends.
Job For A Cowboy, the second band to perform on the night, put on a much more laid back and relaxed performance - despite its deathcore aggression. While fans of the band were more than thrilled to take part in the frenzied mosh pits and obnoxious pig squealing they were also left sorely disappointed. The disappointment came when the band quickly packed up and left without much of a detailed explanation, just a short 20 minutes into its set. Although according to reports it was due to a medical emergency related to one of the band members who was not with the band at the venue, leaving them one guitarist short. The band then left, only offering a short "we'll play longer next time" to the filled theater before disappearing out the back door.
After a rather quick set up of a drum kit and custom lighting Between the Buried and Me made its way on stage to what was - at this point - an oversold venue. With people crammed against every corner of the Rickshaw Theater BTBAM, as the crowd were chanting in unison, made its way onto the stage and immediately leapt into "Specular Reflection," the first track from its newly released EP "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" - of which they played in its entirety without stopping. Following the end-to-end performance of "The Parallax" the band jumped to two standout tracks from 2007's "Colors" playing both once again without any stopping in between for water or to catch its breath. The sheer endurance of each band member as well as their individual musical skill was mind blowing but aside from that aspect the performance came across as rather routine and seemed like it was just one more show for the band to get through. Either that or maybe their fire was put out by The Ocean with its now already legendary Vancouver performance earlier in the night. Regardless, the full length set from Between the Buried and Me was extremely appreciated by the Vancouver audience who have waited over a decade to experience a 90 minute eargasm from one of the best progressive metal acts going today.
Between the Buried and Me's setlist was as follows:
1. Specular Reflection
2. Augment of Rebirth
3. Lunar Wilderness
4. Sun of Nothing
5. Ants of the Sky
6. Interlude/Guitar Solo
7. Swim to the Moon (instrumental)
8. Drum Solo
9. Fossil Genera: A Feed From Cloud Mountain
10: Selkies - The Endless Obsession
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