“The Great Misdirect” is already album number six that encapsulates the sheer craziness that is Between The Buried And Me. Opener “Mirrors” may start off misleading with plaintive vocals and a mellow guitar line but it doesn’t take them long to shake out some mayhem and before you know you’re caught up once again in this band’s maelstrom of noise, breakdowns and atmospheric parts.
One listen to the intro of “Fossil Genera – A Feed From Cloud Mountain” with its ragtime piano and Mike Patton-like vocals that leads to brutal metalcore and even some black metal, shows that these guys still have what it takes. And then you still have the 18-minute long closer that is “Swim To The Moon” which comes with well, everything ranging from a Hammond organ to some more Asian sounds. Crazy as it may sound, it’s all in a day’s work for Between The Buried And Me who make it all sound easy and make you wonder why no one else has ever done it. Love it or hate it I guess. I just call it adventurous, daring and it shows how progressive doesn’t always have to equal pretentious.