Between the Buried and Me

Colors Live

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Victory Records progressive metallers Between the Buried and Me upped the stakes with their 2007 album, Colors, combining elements from an ever-widening net of influences that includes not just core elements of death metal and hardcore punk but sunshine pop harmonies, earnest rock balladry, and even polka music. Yet their most diverse album was also their most inconsistent, suffering from a kind of giddiness that can sometimes engulf endlessly creative and skillful musicians -- the temptation to shoehorn more and more elements into their music without due regard for quality control or the full development of those ideas. Colors Live makes no real effort to rectify this imbalance: it is, for all intents and purposes, Colors transposed to the live setting. The crowd is either quiet and respectful or, more likely, passed over for the pristine audio quality of the soundboard. Colors Live could just about pass for a D.I.Y. studio recording; as it happens, it's a testament to their musicianship that they've managed to replicate so much of the original recording with precision, adding only minor improvisations. However, the lack of crowd action begs the question: just who is this album aimed at? Aside from the die-hard fans, there is very little that casual listeners will learn from this CD set they won't find at higher resolution on the studio disc. Even the accompanying DVD is a bare-minimum affair: the crowd is clearly enthused, but the bandmembers' intense concentration (justified given the quality of the music) means they have little to add to the show as a visual spectacle, and the camera work does little to redress the balance, focusing excessively on the guitarists.

Track Listing - Disc 3

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