Prog metal fans filed in to Old National Centre’s Deluxe in droves recently, anxiously awaiting a face-melting performance from genre heroes Between the Buried and Me.
Walking in to the venue it was immediately clear this was going to be a slightly different show from what is typically hosted in the room. There were tiny green laser dots spread across the room, giving the room a slightly trippy and futuristic vibe, and giving fans a heads up that this was going to be a night full of fun.
Up first was Chicago metal band The Atlas Moth. Lead singer Stavros Giannopoulos releases such throat-shredding, ear-piercing screams that at times the screams lose form and morph in to shrill squeals.
The room wasn’t able to handle the sound quite as well as the larger Egyptian Room could’ve and it seems The Atlas Moth’s sound greatly suffered because of this.
The vocals were pretty far down in the mix (which seems to be how it is on the records as well) but with the weird acoustics of the room it resulted in things sounded like a bit of a jumbled mess.
That being said, it was quite obvious that this had much more to do with the room than the band, and fans paid little attention to the negative, opting to focus on rocking out.
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After a short break and a pretty impressive set change, Between the Buried and Me took to the stage. Starting their set off with the classic “Selkies: the Endless Obsession” got fans right into the zone. Lead guitarist Paul Waggoner showed off some impressive technical skills during the blistering solo in “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” as he approached the front of the stage, giving fans an up-close view of his skills.
There’s so much attention to detail that goes on behind Between the Buried and Me’s stage show. The screens at the back of the stage add an interesting element, but the massive variety in lighting throughout their set is what really takes the show over the top.
At times, the production made gave the show more of an Umphrey’s McGee vibe than that of a show in a small club. Sure, the lighting rig wasn’t as massive, but the timing of the lighting changes made it feel much bigger than it was.
Between the Buried and Me has the unique ability to blend the beautiful with the brutal, and never is this more evident than in their closing song “White Walls.” By the end of the night fans and bands alike seemed completely exhausted; it was obvious that everybody left everything they had on the stage (or in the pit) and were now thoroughly drained of energy.
If prog-metal isn’t a genre you would immediately gravitate towards it’s safe to say that you should jump at the chance to attend a Between the Buried and Me show. The passion, intensity, technical skills, and production value of their shows are difficult to match.
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