Between the Buried and Me Release New Single, “Memory Palace”

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Why are you reading this little intro? You read the title, and that tells you everything you need to know. Click to read the rest. Seriously, stop reading. Just cl—stop reading. I am not kidding, the title says everything, there aren’t any surprises here. Stop reading this.

We love to bring the filthy, kvlty, and krvsty here at the Toilet, but as long as I’m around, we’re going to listen to some Between the Buried and Me. I don’t think any band balances progressive ideals and metal aggression quite like they do, and their peerless efforts are clearly continuing by the sounds of the new single, streaming over at Metal Blade Records and downloadable on iTunes.

I like to think that I’m able to listen to music from bands I like with fresh ears, and not let my firm fanboy status cloud my judgment. I’m not sure if I’m succeeding or not here, but this song is incredible. Tommy Rogers immediately stands out, displaying a fantastic range in his vocal approach. The first thing you’ll notice is that there is distinctly more singing than screaming, as Rogers discussed in an interview with Revolver. However, there isn’t a single vocal decision that sounds out of place, forced, or like it should be something else. His approaches are widely varied, from eccentric, character-like singing, to soulful serenading, to his trademark growl, and everything in between.

Instrumentally, the rest of the band is in top shape. Their progression as a group is undeniable; every single note is crystal clear while disparate sections flow together perfectly. Dan Briggs continues his reign as the king of prog metal bass, laying down lines that never sit still but never intrude on what you’re supposed to be listening to, while the guitar work grooves hard through various tonal flavorings. I expected nothing less of Between the Buried and Me, yet they still blew me away. I smell a top spot on my year-end list. Preorder the new album now, check out the track listing below, and someone please check on me in a few hours to make sure I haven’t atrophied with this song on repeat.

  1. Node – 3:31
  2. The Coma Machine – 7:35
  3. Dim Ignition – 2:16
  4. Famine Wolf – 6:50
  5. King Redeem / Queen Serene – 6:58
  6. Turn on the Darkness – 8:26
  7. The Ectopic Stroll – 7:02
  8. Rapid Calm – 7:59
  9. Memory Palace – 9:54
  10. Option Oblivion – 4:22
  11. Life in Velvet – 3:38

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  • CT-12

    I personally like reading articles where people actually really like the music they’re talking about, and I enjoy seeing how much you love this band Stocky. Listening now, sounds pretty good, but I’ll definitely have to listen to it more to see if it fully “clicks” with me (as well as with their other albums). Thanks for sharing!

    • Dagon

      I am a BTBAM analphabet as well.

      This track might make me change that status.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      pls do ur research n learn teh scientific evidence behife it.

      -PeaceOutBetch, 2 months ago

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I love you. You’re so funny.

      • Siqq Burnington

        @Tyree pls use your gif here I can’t do it right now.

      • CT-12

        I’ve just been RASF’d!

    • Stockhausen

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m sure there will be plenty more geeking from me up to the release date and eventual review I post.

  • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

    Wonder if I can get Lucia to jam this during our 9pm show.

    • Dagon

      If I could, I would upvote this through eternity.

      • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

        We’ll make it to Cirque Du Soleil, one day.

  • Tyree
    • Dagon

      Best part is no one had a reaction. Seriously, these girls are heartless.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      Bah Gawd, he has a family! What a slobberKnocker!

    • Dr. Dubz

      Man, I saw this the other day. Brutal.

      • Tyree

        I’m trying to find the logic in any of this. Nope, can’t find it.

        • Siqq Burnington

          Weird fisics class.

          • Tyree

            Want to get fired class.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            That dude would be lucky if he gets away with only getting fired.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I can’t stop watching it.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            He really quarked his gluons

        • Dr. Dubz

          At least the axe was turned around. Also, it really bothers me that Google considers the spelling of axe with an e incorrect.

          • Tyree

            Noticed that too.

          • JWG

            In America ‘Axe’ is a deBROdorant product.

            In England, where they’re clearly all mad from poisoned tea and crumpets, an ‘axe’ is a tool for chopping, and the product is called Lynx.

    • Siqq Burnington

      This is what I would post on the next reposteda7xfan comment

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        He just showed up.

    • The reaction of the people in the background does not change. Put your phone down kids, some dude just got hit in the cock with a sledgehammer.

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

        Broad side of an axe actually. Luv u.

        • Tyree

          I belive the correct term is “maul”.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Nope. That’s most dolphinately an axe. A sledgehammer is a maul.

          • Tyree

            Whatever. Looks like splitting maul to me. Got one just like it for killing cats.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            Probably is. I just wanted to disagree with you. Cats rule.

          • Lacertilian

            Cats do not rule.
            Impasse?

        • Can’t make out the pic too well, kinda small on my mobile.

    • Dr. Dubz

      This is super impressive: http://i.imgur.com/HREyPt1.gif

      • Tyree
        • Dr. Dubz

          No way.

        • Stockhausen

          WAT

          • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

            Ya I’m calling BS on this one.

        • Guest

          w

        • Guest

          w

      • Herr Schmitty

        Dude, that’s fucking crazy right there- it takes a ton of coordination to throw two kicks like that so quickly and so accurately, especially since she had to switch her hips to throw the roundhouse.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I’ve watched this about 100 times today, and I just keep wondering how long she practiced doing something like this.

          • Herr Schmitty

            I’m rapidly approaching your total. It’s nuts, man. She only looks at it for a second while it’s in the air too- she basically calculated the trajectory mentally before even starting the roundhouse. There’s so much going on there- she’s a beast.

            +1 striking!

        • EsusMoose

          At my peak/when I was capable of really high kicks given time I probably could get this down but the height of the roundhouse and accuracy is quite impressive. I miss the days that I use to do martial arts just too busy and I’d want to scout out places before committing to one

          • Dr. Dubz

            I heard the Masterlord is offering lessons in his Suck-Kwan-Do style.

          • EsusMoose

            That sounds as appealing as listening to a certain song about being torn.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Is that the one where he eliminates his students’ gag reflexes? I’ve heard he can bring bananas back up whole.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Uh… That’s not quite what I was going for. He said he studied some martial art for like 10 years, but I can never remember the name.

          • EsusMoose

            Reason 1 to not use suck in regards to physical activity: A reference to fellatio will occur

          • Herr Schmitty

            I remember the story; that one is a ToH:FB classic! One of my very favorites. The transition into the lost bar fight was just *mwah*. He may not have black-belted his opposition into submission, but he did absolutely black belt my heart.

          • Honkey Wienerfart
          • Honkey Wienerfart

            I think it was the ancient Shaolin art of Beefaroni.

          • Honkey Wienerfart

            I thought he was a master in Tamagatchi. Or was that the ancient art of Mitsubishi?

          • Honkey Wienerfart
      • CyberneticOrganism

        I’m in love.

      • Siqq Burnington
        • Dr. Dubz

          Waaaat!/!

        • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

          She’s a poser. Didn’t hip switch, just followed the roundhouse with a wheel.

          • Herr Schmitty

            It’s true that this is easier.

            It’s also true that she’s like 6, so I’ll let her slide!

          • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

            Master Shredder never let Karai slide. You’re argument is invalid.

      • JWG

        After watching this many times, I felt I must focus on some other part of it (mostly so I don’t get completely mesmerized and lose my afternoon).

        I can’t quite figure out that guy in the background – it looks to me like he’s leaving during the kick, but turns right around and comes back in after the impact.

        Can’t determine if that’s just coincidence, or something in the room (spectator response?) alerted him to it…

        • Dr. Dubz

          Maybe it was the sound of foot destroying plastic.

          • EsusMoose

            Probably it, foot hits, bottle goes mach 2 and the guy turns around

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Nah, he turned around before the bottle was hit.

          • Herr Schmitty

            BACK AND TO THE LEFT. THE PROOF IS ON THE HILL.

          • EsusMoose

            zzzzzzz-“the government did it plus 150 other words about something, play all at 100% volume”

          • Honkey Wienerfart
          • EsusMoose

            You’re correct senor shrimp, so either the hit to the wavemaster or witnesses response

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Definitely the hit to the thingamajig looking at when he turns.

          • EsusMoose

            it’s called a wavemaster, they can either be light and not too bad to hit, or heavy as all hell and reject your foot like a certain metal website rejects editing.

          • JWG

            It’s very close. I sort of see it both ways depending on who I focus on.

            Neither of them are wearing a blue and black dress, though.

        • Actiondonkey FKA Ferris Mueler

          Guessing she tried a few times and someone cheered when she nailed it, prompting the douche to turn back around.

      • Honkey Wienerfart
      • Lacertilian

        In both of those gifs there appears to be someone in the background who has missed out on something awesome.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    This song does things to my body.

  • dis rules! i am surprised they went with a track found towards the end of the album doe. that’s typically when shit gets real, and is better left surprising us!

    • Stockhausen

      They did a similar thing last album by releasing Telos first, and honestly the tracks from the first half ended up being my favorites. I don’t even know what to expect for this album.

      • old_man_doom

        I’m expecting it to fucking rule. The production is top-notch (as per usual) and the spacey parts are extra spacey — just the way I like it.

        • Stockhausen

          Yeah dude, the keyboard touch at the part starting around 5:28 RULES.

    • EsusMoose

      It’s definitely weird, as I believe this will be some sort of concept album I couldn’t gather if it was suppose to lead to the climatic end track or be one of the resolving tracks.

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Tasty tasty tasty. Me likey!

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I like it too.

    • wat?

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        Yes.

        • The Beargod

          Late April’s Fool prank is leit.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            No jouk. I like BTBAM.

          • BLOODBEARDE

            I found this pichure of you, Pedotapir

            http://i.ytimg.com/vi/w5rvysW3P6s/0.jpg

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            That can’t be me, I do not like carnal pleasures.

          • Dr. Dubz

            You’re basically a eunuch.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            The most bestest eunuch of them all.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I dunno. the Ethiopian Eunuch was pretty cool.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            He wasn’t based tho.

          • Dr. Dubz

            This is true.

          • Stockhausen

            Dude was intelligent and receptive.

          • The Beargod
    • Stockhausen

      Let’s hug.

  • Siqq Burnington

    That really blew me away.
    Each section comes off completely unexpected. Very good.

  • hngnngngngngngg

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Love those raw vocals. This is going to be good live.

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Awesome prog-metal with fantastic vox and awesome musicianship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7INmvg24vW4

  • J.R.

    “I not kidding”
    Wow this shoddy horrible writing. April 3rd 2015, the day the Toilet went down the Toilet.

    I’m making my own website flush this place

    • Give him credit for not having more typos while simultaneously exploding and foaming at the mouth

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Asses are in pain right now.

      • Stockhausen

        This is very, very valid.

    • coming up next, #StockFacts

      • J.R.

        The Dow is up .37% at the time of this writing, with Nasdaq up .14% and S&P up .35%

        #StockFacts

    • I believe Axl somehow edited this one.

      • That’s fucking low, Deuce.

        • Herr Schmitty

          Say the word and I’ll champion you. Deuce and I will do battle for your honor.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Actually I was the one who had to do a quick editing job on this because Stocky submitted it at like 11:30 this morning.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Then my offer stands for you as well!

          • Dr. Dubz

            We edit most of our stuff at least the night before, and we often will take multiple passes over one piece.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Oh, no, I didn’t mean any criticism of your editing- I meant that I’ll fight Ron to defend your honor because Ron criticized your editing! 😉

          • Dr. Dubz

            No, I understood 🙂

          • Stockhausen
          • Tyree
        • That was in jest of course, you guys know I do not worship at the altar of….I cannot bring myself to type it.

      • J.R.

        Too far

    • Dr. Dubz

      I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • J.R.

        And it’s gone, rendering my comment invalid.
        And I had just finished registering UrinalOvHades.com, a place where we all could discuss music and be pals. A little urinal cake of friendliness in the dank smelly bathroom That is metal journalism. Oh well.

    • Stockhausen

      I will deliver my first born child to you on the day of his/her birth as penance.

      • J.R.

        Stockhausen is a nice dude. He makes right what is wrong through child sacrifice, as it is written.

        #StockFacts

  • The Beargod

    I’ve always been of the mind that BTBAM manages to fall to most pits prog-metal has even if their later material has seen improvements. To a point where I am enjoying this song.

    • Stockhausen

      Personally I think they avoid pitfalls that a lot of bands hit, but the world of prog is highly, highly subjective so I see where you’re coming from. I’m glad you’re enjoying this song, it’ll be really interesting to see where the new record goes.

      • The Beargod

        I’ve always had problems with the way they calculate their more metal(core) and more prog-gy material together. As well as the way they are more rarely contained in the same section as in following sections. Plus I like a good chorus but that’s not really a problem.

        • Stockhausen

          Yeah, I smell what you’re stepping in.

          • The Beargod

            *Looks down* Whew that was close, danks for the heads-up. Wouldn’t want to be a Smelly-Paw.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

    This whole band pretty much describes my daughter’s very first menstrual cycle.

    -Digital Phoenix, 2 weeks ago

    • Siqq Burnington

      Here too @Tyree, use your gif.

    • M Shadows!

      I don’t like you

      • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

        who ever disses matt shadows, synyster gates, zacky vengence, johnny christ, or the rev I WILL drive to their house and kick the shit into him

        – Mikey Deathwish, 2011-09-15 05:59

        • CyberneticOrganism

          MATT SHADOWS!

          • EsusMoose

            I’m just contemplating how does one “kick the shit into him”

          • The Beargod

            Kicker straight inna shitter?

          • EsusMoose

            Just don’t hit the gouch/taint because I heard that makes one shit themselves and that is the opposite of what this person wants to cause

          • Dr. Dubz

            protip: If you want to squeeze all the peepee out so that you don’t have a little drip on your boxers when you’re finished at the urinal, give the gooch a little push.

          • EsusMoose

            I will try this but not in a public area because it sounds quite weird if this isn’t along the lines of just doing some kegels at the urinal.

          • Stanley

            So a good old fashioned shake of the weasel doesn’t do it for you?

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        M. Shadows

  • EsusMoose

    Very surprised how not heavy it is, I know from their previous comments about the album it wasn’t gonna be heavy but it’s a strange mix, the highs aren’t too present, the chugs sit well in the mids and overall kind of a cool direction to take.

  • Tyree
    • you seen him live? i don’t think any comedian beats him live.

      • Tyree

        Nah, I’d really like to though. Norm is the best.

        • Scrimm

          No doubt.

      • Scrimm

        I wish. Only comedian I’ve seen live is Rodney Dangerfield.

        • Tyree
        • Herr Schmitty

          I’m a bit jealous, that’s an all-timer. I’ve only ever seen Hannibal Burress, though I’ve got Tosh tix for this summer… and may add Jim Jeffries to the mix as well!

          • Tyree

            Did you see Hannibal Burress roast Justin Bieber?

          • Herr Schmitty

            Yes sir I did! He actually previewed all the jokes that made the roast to our live crowd when he was here; damn he’s fucking good.

            “Glad we could all show up here to this transparent marketing attempt to make you more likeable. I just want to make it clear: I don’t like you or your music. I hate you. I’m just here because this is a great opportunity for my career!”

          • Tyree

            Can’t get anymore frank than that.

          • Scrimm

            I was pretty young, saw him at the state fair. Some timeless jokes that night.

  • Tyree

    New Weedeater album just went up for Pre-order.

    https://weedeater.bandcamp.com/album/goliathan

  • Dr. Dubz

    Hopefully I feel this album more than the last 3.

    • The Beargod

      Srs? Nope after Alaska?

      • Dr. Dubz

        I was counting the Ep in there. Loved Colors, and everything since then has felt kinda meh. Not bad by any means, but it just never jiggled me the way Colors did.

        • The Beargod

          I see, I’m the opposite myself, only now starting to enjoy them. But I hear Colors was the thing regardless of who I ask, so…
          So clarification appreciated.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            The Great Misdirect is probs my fav of theirs.

          • Stockhausen

            The amount of agreeing we’re doing today weirds me out. That may be my favorite of theirs as well, although I absolutely love Parallax II.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            It seems that I’ve started to agree with people. I think I need to revert back to my Meta Anus/Death days of negativity.

          • Stockhausen

            Embrace the love. Embrace the embrace.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Didn’t you agree with people that didnt usually agree back then though?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Maybe I did, but I hated them. I hated everything. I still do hate most things.

          • Honkey Wienerfart

            Except tendies. And Timo Tolki, aka your father.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Someone’s asking for waterboarding.

          • Honkey Wienerfart
          • The Beargod

            The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogue is probably my take. Their flaws tend to take over all the good sides if I listen to them much longer in one go.

          • Stockhausen

            For a fun connection (if you haven’t heard it already), listen to “Specular Reflection” from Hypersleep I and then “Extremophile Elite” from Hypersleep II.

          • The Beargod

            I have, but I might still do it 😉

          • Stockhausen

            You’re my favorite Beargod.

          • The Beargod

            Thanks…
            HEY! You mean… You know of others?! (plz, introduce us I’m so hor… lonely)

          • Stockhausen

            On a scale from 1 to 10, the other ones I know are all a 3 at best. You may be better off alone.

          • The Beargod

            *sob* Truly the price of divinity is ultimate.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            You’re never alone. I’m always there for you.

          • The Beargod

            Am not sure if this a good thing… With what you being clipped and all. (+ you scare the chicks away)

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Oh, I’m not there for sex. Also, you don’t even like girls, me scaring them away isn’t a problem.

          • The Beargod

            … Ack! I’ve been made. Well, I guess that’s settled then, When can I move in?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Move in? Wow there cowboy! Not so fast.

          • The Beargod

            Foiled again!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Go move in with JJD.

          • The Beargod
          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I’m not sure what that means, but I think that it’s a “yes”

          • The Beargod
          • Sir Tapir the Based

            How can I get out? I’m already outside. I’ve always been outside.

          • The Beargod

          • Sir Tapir the Based

          • The Beargod

            Dimmadawkins?

          • Honkey Wienerfart
          • Honkey Wienerfart
          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I see you haven’t met many Beardgods. He’s not even in the top 100 Beargods.

          • you’re right, IT WORKED!!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Augment of Rebirth is one of their best songs imo.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Wait, I thought you said Between the Buried and Me released a new single? This is Dream Theater!

    • Tyree
      • Stockhausen

        Dream Weaver<<<<<

        • Tyree

          Correct.

        • Honkey Wienerfart

          Dream Queefer.

    • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

      I don’t think this is Dream Theater because Dream Theater actually sounds good.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        You live up to your name.

      • Dr. Dubz

        I’m starting to like you, Skrimp. At least you have integrity in your jameson-bumbling.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        I can agree with things you say, but that’s just taking it too far.

        • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

          Then I have succeded, and I can now die happy.

    • OUT!

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    This song is going to need repeated listens for me to fully judge it. But I don’t like the 70’s esque prog sound: so many other bands are doing that right now.

    I understand BTBAM needed some new sounds but…I dunno how I feel about this.

  • Tyree
  • Hermann L.

    Why this site is metalsucking itself? This crap is disgraceful seriously.