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Between The Buried And Me are a Progressive Death Metal band from North Carolina. While their early sound was primarily that of a contemporary death metal band, their output became increasingly multidimensional with time until the landmark album Colors introduced their now-trademark eclectic sound and complex songwriting.

The band consists of Tommy Rogers on vocals and keyboards, Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring on guitars, Dan Briggs on bass and Blake Richardson on drums.


  • Between The Buried And Me (2002)
  • The Silent Circus (2003)
  • Alaska (2005)
  • Colors (2007)
  • The Great Misdirect (2009)
  • The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (2011)

Tropes associated with Between the Buried and Me

  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Their name is derived from a Counting Crows lyric.
  • Album Title Drop:
    • In "Obfuscation": "We will always be part of the great misdirect...stepping in and stepping out."
    • In "Foam Born": "It's a must these days, for the colors are fading."
  • Cover Album: The Anatomy Of.
  • Epic Rocking: Very frequent on the last two albums, with the top two prizes taken by album finales "Swim To The Moon" (nearly 18 minutes) and "White Walls" (about 14).
  • Genre Busting
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Due to their amorphous sound, they've covered everything from 1 to 10, with their early material generally sticking around the 9/10 region and later songs veering between hardnesses.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Avoided this with what was mostly a consistently metallic sound for the first three albums (with exceptions here and there), but from Colors onwards most songs dabble in genres ranging from jazz to polka to progressive rock, with frequent juxtaposition of loud/heavy elements and softer, quieter elements.
  • Scare Chord: The transition from "Breathe In, Breathe Out" into "Roboturner" on Alaska WILL cause your spine to go three inches out of alignment at the proper volume.
  • Selkies and Wereseals: The Alaska song "Selkies: The Endless Obsession".
  • Uncommon Time: Hoo boy! Lots of it!
  • Word Salad Lyrics: While the lyrics offer deep social commentary in many cases, they are increasingly cryptic and confusing in recent material.
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