Between the Buried and Me descend upon The Wiltern in LA
About 20 Minutes before the opening act Russian Circles takes the stage the audience starts to trickle in through the doors and the Pit slowly fills up. The Wiltern is playing various songs on the house PA while looping ads for their upcoming shows on the projection screen. Randomly a guy in the Pit tries a round of “Lets Go Coheed!” but after realizing that he was not at his cousin’s high school basketball game his chants dissipated. Someone behind him mocks his failed attempt by chanting “Lets Go Between the Buried and Me!” and a portion of the metal collective starts to chuckle.
Suddenly the lights go dim and the band appears. Lit up by a single ground level spot for each artist, a steady drumbeat emerges. The bass guitar slowly joins the tune and after about a minute of jamming, the guitarist adds to the mix. Starting out the night with “Harper Lewis” from the band’s earlier album Station set the pace for the evening. At some point while listening to “Geneva” the title track off the album with the same name, the surging guitars and bellowing drums all started to blend together and formed a symphony of desolates.
Shortly after Russian Circles parted ways with the audience who by now already had a contact high from the massive amounts of pot smoke that permeated the theater, it was time for what many considered the main act for the night. Chiming in with the unmistakable sound of ethereal guitars matched with heavy drums and synthesizer hits, Between the Buried and Me started off their set with “Astral Body” from their recent album The Parallax II: Future Sequence, only to follow up the complex interlude with a brutal onslaught of furious guitars and machine like drums from the next track entitled “Lay Your Ghost to Rest.” With mixtures of carnival like rhythms and demonic styled growling, BTBAM took the audience on a ride through space, time and heaven and hell.
If you consider yourself a fan of progressive metal at all I’m sure you were probably at this show, but if you haven’t seen BTBAM live but are a fan of technical instrumentals, and black metal style screaming paired with innovative keyboards and thought provoking lyrics, I highly suggest you keep an eye out for this band next time they come through your area.