BTB&M Guitarist Explains New Album’s Concept

Between The Buried and Me

By now, you’ve heard that Between The Buried and Me have signed with Metal Blade Records and will release a new album called The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues on April 12. Now, guitarist Paul Waggoner has revealed that the album is the first in a two-disc conceptual story. He explains.

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues will introduce two human characters who live in different planes of existence, separated by millions of light years,” says Waggoner. “We find that each is confronted with similar personal issues that they need to reckon with. Both characters make decisions that will change their lives, and perhaps the course of the universe, forever.”

Sounds like some heavy shit. By the way, I thought the “concept record” trend was long dead. Guess not. But then again, Between The Buried and Me are the type of band that could still pull it off without it feeling contrived.

“Musically, it sounds like Between The Buried And Me. The record has elements of aggression, beauty, quirkiness, and pure cacophony. For ‘Part 1,’ we establish several themes which I’m sure will be revisited in the lengthier ‘Part 2,’ which is something we really look forward to. We love to expand on simple ideas and see where they take us.”

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

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