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.


* ''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)
!Tropes associated with BetweenTheBuriedAndMe

* 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."
* AncientConspiracy: The Night Owls. Indeed we work from here, we have for centuries...
* ArcWords: "Goodbye to everything" on ''The Parallax II.''
* 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".
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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.
* GenreBusting
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* ReligionRantSong: "Arsonist" is a furious tirade against the Westboro Baptist Church.
* 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".
* 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}}.
* 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!
* WordSaladLyrics: While the lyrics offer deep social commentary in many cases, they are increasingly cryptic and confusing in recent material.