Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Style: Extreme Progressive Metal
Release date: 11 April, 2011
Playing time: 30:08

I discovered the quintet with its already (sorry I’m late) fourth LP “Colors” in 2007, fifth if you include “The Anatomy Of”, a cover album. “Colors” is a masterpiece full of virtuosity and creativity, ferocity and cool, full of mathcore, death metal and jazz, psychedelic and progressive rock, full of music craftsmanship making a lot of everything a rich, vivid but also solid and well structured CD.

Perhaps a little bit more coherent, maybe a little bit more progressive, “The Great Misdirect” came two years later, #36 on the US Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release, showing that not only easy listening s**t can reach a large audience: still hope in this world of mediocrity for real artists (sounds like a cliché but I don’t care).

“The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” EP is the first part of a project that should be followed by a full-length album. But do not think it is like some cheap snacks from a plastic bag before the real dinner. Divine-looking amuse bouche from Hannibal Lecter’s kitchen is more appropriate. The music gourmets we are can enjoy three songs here, music pieces I should say. Half an hour which goes as fast as an erotic nightmare and ends suddenly, a smart way to make your mouth watering before the highly expected next step. BTBAM is still faithful to its styleS and you can almost copy and paste the kind of description I tried to give for “Colors”. The band is not repeating itself, not at all, but it is a special entity with a strong identity.

Please forgive me, but it is now my turn to copy and paste, because it does not seem “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” concept needs to be rephrased from the original presentation I read at Metal Blade Records, where BTBAM is happy newcomer: “Two human characters that live in different planes of existence and are separated by millions of light years, each confronted with similar personal issues. Subsequently, both characters make decisions that will change their lives, and perhaps the course of the universe, forever.” How to find a new friend near the other side of the Virgo Supercluster: a vast area indeed, exactly like the band’s music.

Are you an adherent of BTBAM’s previous productions? Yes? Buy this EP without hesitation. If it is the first time you hear or read about them, but you are feeling ready to blow your ears, your brain, your mind a nice way: try it too.


1. Specular Reflection (11:21)
2. Augment of Rebirth (10:19)
3. Lunar Wilderness (8:22)


Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Philippe Leconte
Date: 4 April, 2011