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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Dustie Waring, Paul Waggoner, Tommy Giles Rogers, Dan Briggs, Blake Richardson]]

Between the Buried and Me are a ProgressiveDeathMetal / {{Metalcore}} 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.

!!'''Discography:'''

* ''Between the Buried and Me'' (2002)
* ''The Silent Circus'' (2003)
* ''Alaska'' (2005)
* ''Colors'' (2007)
* ''The Great Misdirect'' (2009)
* ''The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues'' (2011)
* ''The Parallax II: Future Sequence'' (2012)
* ''Coma Ecliptic'' (2015)
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!Tropes associated with Between the Buried and Me
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: ''The '''S'''ilent '''C'''ircus,'' "'''O'''ption '''O'''blivion," "The '''B'''lack '''B'''ox," and "'''E'''xtremophile '''E'''lite."
* AdventuresInComaland: ''Coma Ecliptic''
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** 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."
* AllThereInTheManual: Some releases of ''The Silent Circus'' have liner notes explaining the concepts behind the lyrics.
* AncientConspiracy: The Night Owls. Indeed we work from here, we have for centuries...
* ArcWords: "Goodbye to everything" on ''The Parallax II.''
** "Velvet" and "gold" in ''Coma Ecliptic.''
* BadassBoast: Strigiformes (supposedly the collective mind or the leader of the Night Owls) makes this towards humanity, going so far as to say that he was created by alien gods and is a necessity for the existence of all life. Then he goes on to call humanity nothing more than an experiment and humans "fucking weaklings".
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The ending of ''The Parallax II: Hypersleep Dialogues''.]]
* BigBad: The Night Owls for the ''Parallax'' albums.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Coma Ecliptic ends with the protagonist waking up in the real world and realizing its beauty, but he dies from being in a coma for most of his life.]]
* BookEnds: "Goodbye To Everything" and its reprise off of ''Future Sequence.'' Also counts as HowWeGotHere.
** ''Colors'' begins and ends with a piano piece.
* BreatherEpisode: Starting with ''The Silent Circus'', most of their albums have at least one of these, and usually quite a few more.
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues'' and ''The Parallax II: Future Sequence'' make up two parts of a very confusing ConceptAlbum. [[http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2012/07/24/prognotes-between-the-buried-and-mes-the-parallax-part-i-introduction/ This]] may help you understand it somewhat better.
** ''Coma Ecliptic'' is about a man in a coma who relives his past lives. [[MindScrew Or something like that. ]]
* CoverAlbum: ''The Anatomy Of''.
* DownerEnding: The Parallax storyline ends in this [[spoiler:when Prospect 2 goes crazy (after being manipulated by the Night Owls) and activates the Black Box, killing off humanity and allowing the Night Owls to succeed. Goodbye to Everything]].
* DreamWithinADream: [[spoiler:Or rather Coma Within A Coma.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Prospect 2]] by the end of ''The Parallax II''. Also, Prospect 1 in his introductory song "Swim to the Moon". [[spoiler: He fails]].
** [[spoiler: The Protagonist of Coma Ecliptic in "Option Oblivion." This is what causes him to wake up from his [[DreamWithinADream Coma Within a coma.]]]]
* EpicRocking: Very frequent from ''Colors'' onward, with the top three prizes taken by album finales "Swim to the Moon" (nearly 18 minutes), "Silent Flight Parliament" (about 15 minutes), and "White Walls" (about 14). Gets even more mind-boggling if you consider that most of the songs on their recent albums segue continuously into one another and the track divisions often seem almost arbitrary. They have actually performed ''Colors'' in its entirety and released it as a live album. The entire thing is close to sixty-six minutes of continuous performance.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: literally every track division on ''Colors'', ''The Great Misdirect'', and both ''Parallax'' records, plus almost all of ''The Silent Circus'', ''Alaska'', and ''Coma Ecliptic'', as well as a couple of transitions on the self-titled.
* GenreBusting
* GenreRoulette: There's no telling what genres a given song of theirs will dip into. Two of the most famous examples are the polka break in "Prequel to the Sequel" and the hoedown in "Ants of the Sky". ''The Anatomy Of'' is also a particularly noteworthy example because the band covers songs from a wide variety of genres and stays largely faithful to the original arrangements (some songs that didn't have HarshVocals in the original versions do in BTBAM's versions, though).
* HarshVocals: As expected from a ProgressiveDeathMetal band. Not used exclusively, though.
* HeavyMeta:
** "White Walls" was an examination of who they were as a band at the time and stated their desire to break out of the metalcore genre and escape being pigeonholed.
** "Ad a dglgmut" is a dedication to "noise", which per WordOfGod can include anything in nature, as well as heavy music, which can seem like noise to the uninitiated but can become beautiful after enough listening.
** "Aesthetic" is about the musicians on the ''Titanic'', who kept playing as the ship sunk; Tommy Giles Rogers has commented that he can't think of a more profound dedication to music. It's also dedicated to the band's fans and an examination of the band's own passion for music.
* HiddenTrack: "The Man Land" at the end of ''The Silent Circus''. It's assumed by many that they recorded it when they were drunk. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny VERY DRUNK]].
* HotterAndSexier[=/=]SexSells: "Camilla Rhodes" is about the tendency of the music industry to use these tropes. The band aren't too thrilled with it.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Par for the course when a band uses HarshVocals, though it's arguably somewhat more pronounced on the old material. Rogers' clean singing is usually enunciated clearly, though.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Melting City" ends with electronic creaking sounds which transition into "Silent Flight Parliment."
* LighterAndSofter: ''Coma Ecliptic''. Fans are divided on whether the change was a good idea.
* LongRunnerLineup: While they were a RevolvingDoorBand in their early years, the lineup hasn't changed since 2005.
* LoudnessWar: Unfortunately most of their releases are brickwalled pretty badly.
* {{Metalcore}}: Most prominently on their first three albums, but still an influence on later material. Could also be considered Mathcore due to the band's frequent use of UncommonTime.
* '''MindScrew''': Their album catalog is ''filled'' with this. Prime example is looking at the concept of "The Parallax", which stretches ''[[UpToEleven all the way to "The Silent Circus"]]''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 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.
* MoodWhiplash: Plentiful on all their releases.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: 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. Even before this, they still would mix and match metal genres to a certain extent (for example, there are segments of ''Alaska'' that resemble BlackMetal, while "Use of a Weapon" practically sounds like NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal with harsh vocals), and there were {{Subdued Section}}s that sat outside of metal genres entirely.
* NewSoundAlbum: Several.
** ''Alaska'' was where they shed most of their metalcore elements and went for a more eclectic, progressive sound.
** ''Colors'' completed the transition to full-on ProgressiveMetal.
** ''Coma Ecliptic'' significantly dialed down the metal elements and went for a much more heavily progressive rock and AOR-influenced style.
* PedophilePriest: "The Need for Repetition" is a furious attack on them.
* PhysicalGod: The Protagonist in the video for "Astral Body".
* [[TechnicalDeathMetal Progressive Death Metal]]/ProgressiveMetal: Especially from ''Colors'' onward, but ''Alaska'' qualifies too; while ''The Silent Circus'' was still mostly mathcore, songs like "Mordecai" hinted at what they'd become.
* ProtestSong: "Destructo Spin" is a protest against the wars going on at the time and the George W. Bush administration generally. The song's ending also addresses how political issues can feel confusing due to their complexity, particularly if one doesn't keep up with them.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: GOOOOOOOOD! BYYYYYYYE! TOOOOOO! EEEEVE! RYYYYYY! THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!
* ReligionRantSong: "Arsonist" is a furious tirade against the Westboro Baptist Church, while "The Need for Repetition" is an equally furious response to the Catholic Church's child molestation scandal.
* ScareChord: 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.
* SelkiesAndWereseals: The ''Alaska'' song "Selkies: The Endless Obsession".
* SiameseTwinSongs: Most of their songs starting with ''Colors''.
* SongStyleShift: They do this a lot, with "Shevanel Cut a Flip" on the first album being an early, prominent example (it starts in the typical metalcore territory of the band's early work, and ends up in progressive rock territory).
* SopranoAndGravel: Tommy Giles Rogers' vocals are typically about half death growls and half clean singing.
* SpiritualSuccessor: They're regarded as USA's answer to Music/{{Opeth}}.
* SubduedSection: Practically [[OnceAnEpisode Once a Song]] on recent releases. Earlier releases had these sometimes as well. Some famous early examples are the "It's raining" part of "Backwards Marathon", the ending of "Shevanel Cut a Flip", and the second half of "Mordecai".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Desert of Song", "Viridian", "Medicine Wheel", "Laser Speed", several of the interludes on ''The Parallax II'', "Goodbye to Everything" and its reprise, possibly others
* TitledAfterTheSong: Their name is derived from a Music/CountingCrows lyric.
* UncommonTime: Hoo boy! Lots of it!
* WordPureeTitle: "Ad a dglgmut". This actually relates to the theme of the song.
* WordSaladLyrics: While the lyrics offer deep social commentary in many cases, they are increasingly cryptic and confusing in recent material.
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