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The Great Misdirect

Between the Buried and MeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B002OLN33O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirrors
2. Obfuscation
3. Disease, Injury, Madness
4. Fossil Genera -- A Feed from Cloud Mountain
5. Desert of Song
6. Swim to the Moon

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the Alt-Metal band. The human brain is a labyrinth that we will never fully comprehend. The next chapter in the pantheon of stories from the enigmatic Between The Buried and Me, entitled The Great Misdirect, gives us their inventive impressions of what this mysterious tool may be capable of. It introduces us to an elaborate cast of characters that are odd, unique, familiar and somewhat comforting. A group of outsiders trying to comprehend the strange worlds they all inhabit. From the truckers chatting about UFO sightings, to the power struggle of a cult leader, all the way to the story of a common man, leaving everything behind and floating to the middle of the ocean; The Great Misdirect is a truly enthralling adventure. The five stories that interlock within this fantastic tale is an inspiration to the creativeness that extreme metal is capable of and a testament to where the band is taking the genre.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another magnificent work of art. October 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Between the Buried and Me has, yet again, set the bar for progressive metal.

This album is "short," offering only six songs, with the first track being somewhat of an "intro" even though it's the length of a standard song on another album. But the next five tracks give you more than enough to chew on, as the album still boasts an impressive 60 minute length.

BTBAM takes another direction with this album, proving they refuse to ever settle down and release a "Colors: the sequel" or "Alaska part II." If their S/T album was raw, if The Silent Circus was brutal, if Alaska was cold and magnificent and if Colors was whimsical and a bit psychotic, then The Great Misdirect is textured, cohesive and, at risk of sounding cliche, entirely epic.

Track 1 - Mirrors - 3:37
This track is slow, melodic, haunting and all in all a pretty laid back song. no screaming, no shred, just a relaxed, meandering tune that sets the mood nicely for...

Track 2 - Obfuscation - 9:15
This is as close to "classic" BTBAM as this album gets. Ferocious intro, brutal vocals, shredding leads, etc. etc. The song begins heavy and continues the theme until 2:30, when it breaks into a short teaser of a clean melodic breakdown, only to revert back to brutality and bounce back and forth between clean and heavy tonalities until about 5:00, when the noise collapses and the song enters a Joe Satriani-esque guitar-led melodic segment that is about as tonally perfect as music can get. The song finishes up with some already-classic vocal lines and more general awesome heaviness.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece! October 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Although it would be hard for any band to follow up on an album like Colors (2007) -which was 64 minutes of well crafted musical insanity-, Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) managed to write another album which is arguably better than Colors.

The Great Misdirect is a more thorough exploration of BTBAM's diverse musical influences. It contains a wider variety of sounds and musical concepts than their previous material. The technical prowess displayed in this release is absolutely astounding. This is by far their most technical release and easily the most diverse. Blistering metal sections are often starkly contrasted with mellow, melodic sections by dramatic shifts in dynamics, making for a more satisfying musical experience.

Those looking for more of BTBAM's early metallic material may be slightly disappointed because there are longer forays into softer melodic sections. However, these softer sections are well-written and display a greater level of musical comfort and maturity on the part of the band. I love this album for its diverse influences and its unquestionable technical prowess. Any dissimilarities to previous material are inconsequential in comparison to the level of songwriting displayed on this album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars!! December 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I work in a call center which tends to be painfully boring, so to keep myself alert I listen to my ipod with one ear free for the phone.
I'm into hour 11 (yes, 11 straight hours!)of listening to this mind melting masterpiece and I'm pretty much blown away...

The Great Misdirect is by far the best album I've heard this year in ANY genre!! All the usual BTBAM componates are here but I think what sets this one apart from Colors is it's cohesiveness. Everything fits together beautifully. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite but if I was forced to, I'd say Swim to the Moon. No wait, Fossil Genera!

Thanks for reading my crappy review!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing November 19, 2009
By Craig
Format:Audio CD
I am now convinced that BTBAM are simply unable to make a bad album. The great misdirect follows in the same footsteps of Colors with a considerable musical progression, if that's even possible. This album throws brutality, melody, blues, "black metal", jazz, progressive, and experimental into a giant mesh pot and what comes out is excellence. To say this album is not a masterpiece would simply be a lie. It is the defining BTBAM album.

Each musician goes well and beyond their potential and pushes this album to the brink. We are still blessed with Brigg's masterful bass solos, Wagoner's absurdly precise guitar work, Blake's rock solid and technical drumming, Dustie's ridiculously heavy riffage, and Tommy's soaring melodies and brutal screams. This is without a doubt, the same BTBAM we have all grown to love; turned up a notch.

Another notable quality is the slick production. This album offers superb guitar tones, loud and punchy drums, crystal clear bass, and flawless keyboard work and effects throughout. An audiophiles dream come true.

From start to finish, this album is a creative, technical, and groundbreaking masterpiece. Between the buried me keep setting the standard higher and higher, leaving most others in the dust. This is the album to own for '09
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Of The Year October 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After discovering this band while they toured with Dream Theater, I decided to give them a second glance. I went out and bought Colors, and haven't looked back since. This band has the musical technicality of a band that has been doing this for 30 years. These five young individuals put forth their heart and souls int the music, and it shows. Their ability to go from fast and heavy to slow, toned down, and melodic astounds me. This is my album of the year, and I suggest to any progressive metal fan that they buy this CD immedeatly. it is well orth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have
As always, BTBAM delivers their complex lyrics with deep musical constructs. This vinyl has a wonderful aesthetic as well. Read more
Published 9 days ago by W. Dibble
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great misdirect is great, not misleading.
If you are fan of extreme metal and progressive rock, this is the album for you. This is the Dream Theater of extreme metal.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocalyptic Soundscape
Yep, you read that right. The imagery and vibes from their albums are totally off the wall;

'Colors' is nostalgic child-like angst
'Future Sequence' is a space-age... Read more
Published 8 months ago by TreeHugger JesusLover
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME album!
BTBAM is a truly unique quintet that writes some of the most complex, melodic, and talented music around. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Acquired taste
This is a good album. The music is somewhere in between Stone Sour and jazz? I bought this on a friends recommendation, and was not disappointed, but it's not exactly my genera. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Monica Thomasson
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong effort, however familiar as it may be
Being one of the most experimental and innovative bands in heavy music is not an easy job. After a while, they reach a point where it is hard for them to expand much more upon... Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Stutheit
4.0 out of 5 stars Property of Jacksonville Public Library
So I was strapped for cash and decided to purchase The Great Misdirect from an independent seller. I was a little baffled at first when I received this album, not only because the... Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Tyler Rae
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT HATE IT
Dear Tommy Rogers,

Please cease and desist from your incessant screaming !!!!!!!!!!
Nobody, that appreciates the superior content of your music, wants to hear the... Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Andrew C. Stahlgren
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex
I really wish there were an instrumental version of this album. The musicianship is simply INCREDIBLE! Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Love Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as Colors
I'm a BIG fan of BTBAM's Colors album. I do not own any of their earlier works. The Great Misdirect has some good sections, but it just isn't as good overall as Colors.
Published on November 29, 2010 by Michael W. Duncan
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