Between the Buried and Me & The Ocean are Coming to Wreck SF. Be There.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 Leave a comment
As most of you probably know, Between the Buried and Me just released the incredible EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues this past month, and have already set out on a full US tour in its support. Brad gave the album a stellar 4.5/5, saying it’s the best thing BTBAM has done since 2005′s Alaska. On Wednesday, May 4th, BTBAM will be visiting our neck of the woods at Slim’s in San Francisco. I’m here to tell you how imperative it is that you all attend this show. It will be legendary!
The last time I saw Between the Buried and Me live was back in 2009 when they opened for In Flames at the Regency Ballroom, and before that in 2007 when they played with the enormously-underrated The End at the Metro. Looks like I’m on track to see them every two years, and I’m especially pumped for this show. Both of the past times I’ve seen them they’ve put on an incredible show, perfectly mixing their brutal early material with their newer, often more mellow and grand, material. This time around, BTBAM is partnering up with Job for a Cowboy, The Ocean, and Cephalic Carnage. It’s quite the eclectic package, but I’m especially excited to see The Ocean, as I just got into them last year. In fact, their most recent album, Anthropocentric, was one of my favorite albums of 2010. I can’t wait to see this album live in all of its progressive sweetness.
Cephalic Carnage will be opening the show, and though I’ve never gotten into them myself, I’m really stoked to see this crushing progressive death metal live for the first time. Opening the show with that level of intensity and shredding should be a great way to start the night. The only piece to this puzzle that doesn’t quite fit in my opinion is Job for a Cowboy, as they stopped being relevant after their fantastic debut album, Doom. Everything since then has been generic and bland, and lacks the style and balls their first EP had. Sure, that album was responsible for thousands of cookie-cutting pig-squealing deathcore bands, but at the time it was fresh and original, and didn’t sound like every other death metal album like all JfAC’s more recent releases have. There are rumors that Metal Blade, the band’s record label, forced them to drop their original style, but I won’t get into that now.
The moral of the story here is that an incredible show is taking place in less than two weeks at Slim’s in SF. If anyone would like to meet some of the editors from Wrecked, most of us will be there, so keep a lookout! We’d love to grab a beer with our readers (you’re buying)! See you there!
You can buy tickets at the Slim’s website.