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Parallax II: Future Sequence

Between the Buried and MeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B008W68HL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the sixth studio album from the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Heavy Metal band. The Parallax II: Future Sequence's concept is the continuation of the band's 2011 EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First, a brief introduction to BTBAM:

If you are unfamiliar with Between the Buried and Me, then you will want to do some research on their musical style before deciding to jump in. The easiest way to describe them is progressive metal with strong metalcore roots, but they have continued to become more progressive with each album, exploring nearly every nook and cranny the world of music has to offer. This album is one that most people would find several sections that they enjoy, but most would also dislike the album as a whole. BTBAM is absolutely amazing at what they do, but their style is not for everyone. It is also worth noting that a single song may not be the best way to "research" BTBAM since their styles can vary so significatly. I would recommend at least checking out these songs to get an idea of the stylistic range you will encounter with BTBAM: White Walls, Desert of Song, and Lunar Wilderness. So there is my fairly unbiased disclaimer, now to the review!

For those who are familiar with BTBAM:

I have only had 4 days with the album so far, so no I will not be saying if it is "better" than Colors or not. I absolutely love Colors, but I don't want more Colors. And if you share that sentiment you will find an equally impressive yet different album in Parallax II. This album is easily the most dynamically and stylistically varied album I have ever listened to, and will have numerous surprises to even the most die-hard BTBAM or progressive metal fan. Abrupt dynamic and stylistic changes have become more commonplace for BTBAM in their recent work, but, as I felt with Parallax I, those abrupt changes have felt more naturally flowing and purposeful than they used to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite BTBAM, And That's Saying A Lot October 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I listen to so many new albums that I've developed a few ways to help determine just how much I like something and whether or not it's worth taking up my time and space on my computer/iPod. For example, how quickly does the music become familiar, meaning how fast does it get logged into my brain and allow me to follow along, anticipate upcoming sections, and have the songs develop their own unique place in my mind? Some music never gets to this level. I become so bored after a few listens that I'm never hooked and, consequently, either delete it or ignore it when searching through my iPod. I've been a BTBAM fan since The Silent Circus days and have to say that this album hooked me faster than any of their others. After only a couple of listens, it was like Parallax II was already one of my old favorites and its ever-rising play count highlights this fact. Also, I find myself listening to this album from beginning to end every time, like it's one long work. I do this with their other albums too, of course, but there are also times when I search for that one song to play off of their other albums and ignore the others (songs like Sun of Nothing, Swim to the Moon, Selkies, and Mordecai). There are definitely high points to Parallax II as well, but they feel like crescendos in one masterpiece instead of individual songs. I think from beginning to end, this is my new favorite BTBAM.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love BTBAM, you will love this! October 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Yep, they've done it again. Another epic outing from BTBAM. At this point, I'm not sure that they can really surprise any of us who are huge fans, but they continue to hone their sound and do what they do very, very, very well. If you are a fan, there is nothing here that will turn you off. Long songs full of incredible musicianship, style shifts, time changes, etc. Beautiful acoustic passages turn to full-throated death metal and back again. I personally find 'The Great Misdirect' to be the BTBAM album I go back to most often, and I'm not sure if 'Parallex II' will replace that for me, but it's a solid album from these guys, and it continues to grow on me the more I listen. So again, if you like BTBAM, go get this...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best music I've ever heard... November 24, 2012
By Andrew
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To say that Parallax II is spectacular is an understatement. In fact, I believe there are no words for describing the album. You simply must listen for yourself, and I doubt you'll be disappointed. I would recommend, however, listening to Parallax I and perhaps even reading this first: [...] Parts 1 AND 2 if you'd really like to be familiarized with the story being told with this amazing music. I definitely think any fan of metal that appreciates when bands blend genres and experiment will love this album as much as I did. Give it a listen, you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet November 5, 2012
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Honestly, the first time listened through the whole album, it was a bit of a let down. But I knew that there was far too much for me to take in with just one listen. After a few more listens I realized that the smoothness of the music is what hid the underlying complexity. This is one of the best albums I've ever listened to, and to understand the magnitude of the music it has to be listened to from start to finish. BTBAM is one of the most talented groups around and it really shows in Parallax II: Future Sequence. The only bad thing is that now I have to wait an uncertain amount of time for a new album. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up to "Hypersleep Dialogues"
This is probably the weirdest, most progressive album that BTBAM have released. Fans of 'The Great Misdirect' are likely to fall in love with this one... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked them before
This (along with it's predecessor) just brought BTBAM to a new level in my mind. I liked them before, I LOVE them now. This really is unlike anything I've ever heard before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The just won't quit making great albums...
Published 2 months ago by k.cedson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Probably the most impressive album from Between the Buried and Me yet. I thought their last CD was a little bit of a drop off but this one really displays their talent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike K
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album, bad order.
I'm an avid BTBAm fan and I thought this album was a must on vinyl.
When the first order arrived, both records were warped too hell, so had to get a replacement. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trevor Leavell
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!
Great band been a fan since the first time I saw them live which was like 2003/2004 amazing live and do not mess around and you can tell they spend a lot of time putting there... Read more
Published 9 months ago by George ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Limitless...
I've rediscovered BTBAM after 6 years. 6 years ago I was in search of a new band, a new album to add to my ever-growing collection. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew J. Hoel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome? I would disagree with you, but that would make me a liar
"The Parallax II: The Future Sequence," The second half of Between The Buried And Me's insanely adventurous and motivated double album, the follow-up to "The Hypersleep... Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Stutheit
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent release, not the best, but definitely decent
This band has released 2 of my all-time favorite albums, Colors and The Great Misdirect. The EP leading up to this album gave listeners some promise. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brandon C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intergalactic Carnival Trek
QUICK DISCLAIMER: This album will fly right over your head if you aren't careful! So don't be surprised or discouraged if you don't like it at first... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TreeHugger JesusLover
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