It seems like very few bands could release a song almost ten minutes in length and get people excited about it before they even hear it. The crafting of such tracks can often be difficult and trying, but Between the Buried and Me seem to have it down to a science. “Telos,” the first track to surface from the band’s upcoming LP The Parallax II: Future Sequence, certainly fits the bill as both a child of the band’s progressive metal tendencies and their need to press forward with every release. In just shy of ten minutes, the band spreads its wings from groove-laden shredding to engrossing layers of melodic wizardry that will without a doubt re-ignite your anticipation for their new album.
It’s difficult to cover everything here in one review, but we can certainly try. Built seemingly on several movements in the confines of this track, our first section is very rhythmic and aggressive in nature, slamming guitars and oh-so-ridiculous drumming into our ears with no restraint. It’s a bit more thrashy, but between blast-like beats and a drawn out groove, it works as a prime introduction for the weaving track we have ahead of us. The heavily percussive section near the three-minute mark is a standout moment on the track, as fiery drumming never lets up before teaming up with the guitars for a proper climax of this first movement.
Our second area takes a much more restrained course, settling on a spacey vibe and backed-off instrumentation that seems to channel a darker Queen while still remaining inherently heavy. While jarring at first, the repetition and subtle deviance of this passage is truly engulfing in nature, taking a simple melody and transforming it into a behemoth over a few minutes of grimy buildup.
Soon enough though, we are taken back to an arrangement akin to the beginning of this track. Though a bit less complex, BTBAM rekindle their inner “Alaska” here with a crunching riff and flashes of brilliant musicianship. Tommy Rogers steers the ship though, with his commanding bark still as sinister and on-point as ever throughout, belting ‘You won’t see me coming!’ before the band blasts off into a mathy fury to end the track.
It would be difficult to say where “Telos” fits inside of Parallax II, but in terms of helping build anticipation for said album, this track completely knocks it out of the park with a balance of both aggressive and melodic layering that doesn’t become self-obsessive with riffing for the sake of riffing. I would dare say that this track will heighten expectations for Parallax II, but in all reality, what else could we expect from Between the Buried and Me?