Between the Buried and Me Leaves No Stone Unturned

Brooklyn Bowl, July 18


Photo by Wayne Posner / Kabik Photo Group

The five-piece metal outfit from Raleigh, North Carolina, gave a stunning performance with enough time changes and sophisticated instrumentation to satisfy even the most die-hard progressive rock fans. Between the Buried and Me delivered eight complex compositions (calling them songs would be doing them an injustice) that dipped into a dozen genres, including Southern rock, jazz, and of course, the band’s groovy, technical death metal roots. Tommy Giles Rogers Jr. led the pack with fierce, guttural howls that would seamlessly transition into smooth melodic vocal passages in “Memory Palace.” Lead guitarist Paul Waggoner demonstrated his musical prowess by sweeping and tapping in “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest,” while drummer Blake Richardson furiously smashed as many cymbals as there were time changes. This all came to a crashing climax when the band journeyed through 20 minutes of multi-genre goodness in “Ants of the Sky” and “Prequel to the Sequel.” They nailed the bluegrass segment of the former and finished with the challenging melodies of the latter. As an encore, the band played a metal rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was fitting for a band that covered so much ground in just over an hour. ★★★★✩

Photos by Wayne Posner / Kabik Photo Group


Selkies: The Endless Obsession
The Coma Machine
Astral Body
Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
Memory Palace
Famine Wolf
Ants of the Sky
Prequel to the Sequel

Bohemian Rapsody (Queen cover)

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