Bonnaroo Artist | Between the Buried and Me
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | TBA
As we’ve been doing for the past several years now, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2015 lineup. We’ll start from the bottom and work our way up, paying special attention to the smaller and lesser known acts on this year’s bill. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Band of the Day…
Less than a month after Bonnaroo, seminal North Carolina progressive metal act Between the Buried and Me will drop their long-awaited seventh full-length, Coma Ecliptic. A month after that, they’ll return to Nashville for an Aug. 15 show at Marathon Music Works with Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist. Not a bad time to be a metal fan in Music City. Like Pallbearer and Unlocking the Truth, Between the Buried and Me continue Bonnaroo’s trend of booking relevant and diverse heavy acts, reinforcing their commitment to presenting the best artists of all genres, and showcasing a scene which too often gets glazed over at major fests. Formed in 2000, BTBAM really rose to prominence a decade ago, following a few lineup shakeups which culminated in locking down the quintet of talented players who’ve remained since ’05, for the release of their buzzworthy third album, Alaska. Throughout their Victory Records years, the band quickly found an audience in the metal and hardcore scene, going on to perform at the likes of Ozzfest, Warped Tour, and countless other high profile events, and to tour with Mastodon, Every Time I Die and more.
Though their earlier years saw the band experimenting with metalcore (a thriving genre in North Carolina in the early ’00s), progressive metal, and death metal, they’ve evolved to become a lot heavier on the prog with recent releases, incorporating more technical prowess, broader instrumentation, and more unique and unpredictable songwriting. The band’s latest, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, even became the basis of a DVD, where they broadened the already ambitious album’s scope with a wide variety of unorthodox instruments. Drawing also from prog rock, alternative, and more, Between the Buried and Me are band built for fans of sweeping, technical songwriting and heavy sensibilities, and they’re a welcome addition to the Bonnaroo bill. Preview their sound below!
LISTEN | “Astral Body”
WATCH | “Alaska” (Official Music Video)