Automata II is the ninth studio album by the American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. It was released on July 13, 2018 through Sumerian Records, it is the second part of a two-piece album, the first one being Automata I, released March 9, 2018; the band announced that they will perform at The Summer Slaughter Tour. On the release of the album, vocalist Tommy Giles Rogers Jr. stated: Holding our tongues for'Automata II' was challenging. We worked so hard on these songs and we get to release the other half of this material to the world! I think this is some of the best material we've released. It's a result of everything. There are plenty of twists/turns and bizarre moments, but there is a lot of beauty in the music and the story.'Automata' is now complete and our protagonist found his version of home and peace. We are all in this together. Through his official Facebook page, Blake Richardson talked about the album: On a personal note, I am genuinely stoked for y’all too hear this part of the double album.
We’ve been sitting on this material for a long time and it’s a great feeling for everyone to be able to check it out. There’s a track on here that’s like 13 minutes long and it’s THE SHIT. We got riffs, breakdowns, horns, drum solos Bassist Dan Briggs added:'Automata II' sees us at our most dynamic and most creative, it feels like turning a page into a whole new terrain and us working all these years together to arrive at this point. It's quirky, melodic and full of theatrics. Review aggregator Metacritic scored the album an 81 out of 100 based on four music critics, citing "universal acclaim". Allmusic's Thom Jurek claimed that "Automata II can be listened to on its own, but it holds much greater power when taken together with its predecessor, it is the more musically adventurous of the two recordings, making it an indispensable part of Between the Buried and Me's provocative catalog. Victor Giol of The Prog Report stated that "This will please both the longtime fans as well as new listeners.
Automata is sure to be a top prog album of 2018". All tracks written by Between the Buried and Me
The Silent Circus
The Silent Circus is the second studio album by American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. Released October 21, 2003 through Victory Records, it was their first album to be released through Victory Records after their departure from Lifeforce Records. It was re-released in 2006 with a bonus DVD included; the album includes 10 tracks with a hidden song titled "The Man Land" hidden at the end of "The Need for Repetition". A music video was released for the song "Mordecai". Victory Records has released several double vinyl editions of the album. All lyrics written by Tommy Rogers; the album received positive reviews from professional critics. Adrien Begrand of PopMatters opined in a positive review for the album, "The Raleigh, North Carolina, band had sliced and diced its way through multiple extreme metal subgenres, bridging the "math metal" complexity of the Dillinger Escape Plan, the godly hardcore of Converge, the furious technical death metal of Nile, the more melodic strains of mid-'90s Swedish death metal with astonishing dexterity."
Kurt Morris of Allmusic commented, "One minute the band may be playing thrash metal and the next they're flowing into death growls and thick guitar riffs. They show a mastery of the hardcore and metal styles that many bands their age can take a lot longer to understand; the metal take on things can change in a flash as lead singer Tommy Rogers fleshes out his vocals and utilizes the keyboards to create something that sounds more like it should be on a Smashing Pumpkins album". Between the Buried and MeTommy Giles Rogers – lead vocals, keyboards Paul Waggoner – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Shevanel Take 2" Nick Fletcher - rhythm guitar Jason King - bass guitar Mark Castillo - drumsProductionProduced by Matthew Ellard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. With a 2019 estimated population of 251,907 it is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region, the fifth most populous city in North Carolina, the eighty-ninth most populous city in the United States. With a metropolitan population of 676,673 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and is expected to keep that fourth spot for many more years. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street the Wachovia Building and now known locally as the Wells Fargo Center. Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage and "City of the Arts and Innovation" for its dedication to fine arts and theater and technological research. "Camel City" is a reference to the city's historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Camel cigarettes. Many locals refer to the city as "Winston" in informal speech.
Another nickname, "the Dash," comes from the in the city's name, although technically it is a hyphen, not a dash. In 2012, the city was listed among the ten best places to retire in the United State by CBS MoneyWatch. Winston-Salem has seen an explosion in growth and urbanization in the downtown area with hotels and apartments being constructed. In 2017, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal ranked the city second in their lists of the most livable downtowns in America; the city of Winston-Salem is a product of the merging of the two neighboring towns of Winston and Salem in 1913. The origin of the town of Salem dates to January 1753, when Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg, on behalf of the Moravian Church, selected a settlement site in the three forks of Muddy Creek, he called this area "die Wachau" named after the ancestral estate of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. The land, just short of 99,000 acres, was subsequently purchased from John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville. On November 17, 1753, the first settlers arrived at what would become the town of Bethabara.
This town, despite its rapid growth, was not designed to be the primary settlement on the tract. Some residents expanded to a nearby settlement called Bethania in 1759. Lots were drawn to select among suitable sites for the location of a new town; the town established on the chosen site was given the name of Salem chosen for it by the Moravians' late patron, Count Zinzendorf. On January 6, 1766, the first tree was felled for the building of Salem. Salem was a typical Moravian settlement congregation with the public buildings of the congregation grouped around a central square, today Salem Square; these included the church, a Brethren's House and a Sisters' House for the unmarried members of the Congregation, which owned all the property in town. For many years only members of the Moravian Church were permitted to live in the settlement; this practice had ended by the American Civil War. Many of the original buildings in the settlement have been restored or rebuilt and are now part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Salem was incorporated as a town in December 1856. Salem Square and "God's Acre", the Moravian Graveyard, since 1772 are the site each Easter morning of the world-famous Moravian sunrise service; this service, sponsored by all the Moravian church parishes in the city, attracts thousands of worshipers each year. In 1849, the Salem congregation sold land north of Salem to the newly formed Forsyth County for a county seat; the new town was called "the county town" or Salem until 1851 when it was re-named Winston for a local hero of the Revolutionary War, Joseph Winston. For its first two decades, Winston was a sleepy county town. In 1868, work began by Salem and Winston business leaders to connect the town to the North Carolina Railroad; that same year, Thomas Jethro Brown of Davie County rented a former livery stable and established the first tobacco warehouse in Winston. That same year, Pleasant Henderson Hanes of Davie, built his first tobacco factory a few feet from Brown's warehouse. In 1875, Richard Joshua Reynolds, of Patrick County, built his first tobacco factory a few hundred feet from Hanes's factory.
By the 1880s, there were 40 tobacco factories in the town of Winston. Hanes and Reynolds would compete fiercely for the next 25 years, each absorbing a number of the smaller manufacturers, until Hanes sold out to Reynolds in 1900 to begin a second career in textiles. In the 1880s, the US Post Office began referring to the two towns as Winston-Salem. In 1899, after nearly a decade of contention, the United States Post Office Department established the Winston-Salem post office in Winston, with the former Salem office serving as a branch. After a referendum the towns were incorporated as "Winston-Salem" in 1913; the Reynolds family, namesake of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, played a large role in the history and public life of Winston-Salem. By the 1940s, 60% of Winston-Salem workers worked either for Reynolds or in the Hanes textile factories; the Reynolds company imported so much French cigarette paper and Turkish tobacco for Camel cigarettes that Winston-Salem was designated by the United States federal government as an official port of entry for the United States, despite the city being 200 miles inland.
Winston-Salem was the eighth-largest port of entry in the United States by 1916. In 1917, the Reynolds company bought 84 acres of property in Winston-Salem and built 180 houses that it sold at cost to workers, to form a development called "Reynoldstown." By the ti
Best Of (Between the Buried and Me album)
Best Of is a greatest hits compilation album by the American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. The three-disc CD/DVD set was released by Victory Records on March 29, 2011. Best Of was released shortly after the announcement of Between the Buried and Me's signing to Metal Blade Records; the album's packaging features several hidden images. Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic gave the album three and a half out of five stars, stated, "Boasting two discs and a bonus DVD with four music videos, as well as some slick packaging, it's a nice collector's item for fans, a good jumping-off point for people looking to get their feet wet with one of the most versatile prog-metalcore groups in the business." However, Lymangrover said, "it's not quite the full experience because BTBAM's impressive first self-titled album is not included, the band's albums play conceptually from front to end, but these are minor complaints." All tracks written by Between the Buried and Me
Deathcore is an extreme metal fusion genre that combines musical elements of death metal and metalcore and sometimes hardcore punk. It makes use of death metal riffs and blast beats, as well as metalcore breakdowns. Deathcore gained most prominence within the southwestern United States Arizona and inland southern California, which are home to many notable bands and various festivals. Deathcore combines death metal characteristics such as blast beats, down-tuned guitars, tremolo picking, growled vocals with metalcore characteristics such as breakdowns; the genre is defined by breakdowns and death metal riffs or metalcore riffs played in the usual death metal tuning. Like in other extreme metal fusion genres, deathcore guitarists down-tune their guitars to give their music a heavier sound. Deathcore bands may employ guitar solos as well. Low shrieked screams are common vocalizations; some other techniques that deathcore vocalists have used include. Sung vocals in the genre are rare and most bands if use them, but the idea has been experimented with by a few bands such as All Shall Perish and Oceano.
The term deathcore was first used in reference to the style of music played by New York hardcore punk band N. Y. C. Mayhem in the mid–1980s. By 1996, Nick Terry of Terrorizer magazine wrote: "We're going to settle on the term deathcore to describe the likes of Earth Crisis." In spite of this and Despised Icon are considered to be the pioneers of deathcore, both Antagony and Despised Icon have rejected the label. Nick Vasallo is credited as being the "father of deathcore" due to his work in Antagony. Embrace the Eternal by Embodyment and Rain in Endless Fall by Prayer for Cleansing are known as some of the earliest albums that feature metalcore combined with death metal influences. Decibel magazine wrote that death metal band Suffocation were one of the main inspirations for the genre's emergence by writing: "One of Suffocation's trademarks, has spawned an entire metal subgenre: deathcore."Deathcore began to gain moderate popularity in the late 2000s. Notable bands that brought the genre in the highlight include Bring Me the Horizon and Suicide Silence.
Suicide Silence's No Time to Bleed peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200, number 12 on the Rock Albums Chart and number 6 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart, while their album The Black Crown peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200, number 7 on the Rock Albums Chart and number 3 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart. After its release, Whitechapel's album This Is Exile sold 5,900 in copies, which made it enter the Billboard 200 chart at position 118, their self-titled album peaked at number 65 on the Canadian Albums Chart and at number 47 on the Billboard 200. Their third album A New Era of Corruption sold about 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of being released and peaked at position number 43 on the Billboard 200 chart. Furthermore, Bring Me the Horizon won the 2006 Kerrang! Awards for Best British Newcomer after they released their 2006 debut record Count Your Blessings. However, Bring Me the Horizon abandoned the deathcore genre after the release of this album. San Diego natives Carnifex, witnessed success with their first album Dead in My Arms, selling 5,000 copies with little publicity.
On top of their non-stop touring and methodical songwriting resulted in Carnifex getting signed to label Victory Records. Lastly, Australian deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder debuted at number 35 on the ARIA Charts with their album Hate making them the first metal band to reach the Top 40 of this chart. A variety of deathcore bands experimented with other genres into their music as influence as time went by. For example, early material by the band Fallujah was described as carrying deathcore and black metal influence respectively. On the other hand, Emmure has been credited to be influenced by nu metal and was described as "the new Limp Bizkit". Deathcore has been criticized and looked down upon by longtime fans of some other heavy metal subgenres; the reason for it is its fusion of death metal with metalcore and use of breakdowns. In addition to this, members of certain deathcore bands do not take a liking to being labeled "deathcore". In an interview with vocalist Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain about the deathcore label, he said "Deathcore is the new nu-metal.
It sucks. And if anyone calls us'deathcore' I might do something bad to them." While in an interview with Justin Longshore from Through the Eyes of the Dead about the deathcore label, he said "You know, I hate that term. I know we've been labeled as that but I think there's so much more to our music than just a mixture of death metal and hardcore though we incorporate those elements in our music. To me it seems, just the new and fresh thing that kids are following."In November 2013, Terrorizer wrote "The term ‘deathcore’ is seen as a dirty word in metal circles" while interviewing vocalist Bryce Lucien of the Texas-based metal band Seeker. Lucien stated: Much like what became of metalcore in the mid-2000s, deathcore is an maligned term that can diminish a bands credibility. What once conjured images of ridiculously brutal, unapologetically heavy bands like Ion Dissonance and The Red Chord now brings to mind bands full of twenty-year-olds sporting throat tattoos, matching black t shirts, trying hard to look tough while they jump in sync onstage.
In contrast, there seems to be bands that appear to be more lighthearted and less concerned ove
Dan Briggs (musician)
Daniel Hanford Briggs is a musician from Erie, best known for playing bass guitar for the American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me. In addition to his bass duties with Between the Buried and Me, he plays bass for jazz fusion band Trioscapes and progressive rock band Nova Collective as well as both guitar and bass in the band Orbs, he is straight edge. Dan uses Spector NS-5XL basses with D'Addario EXL160-5 nickel wound strings, a Fender-reissued Sunn 300T amp and an Ampeg SVT-810E. Dan states that he chose a Spector bass over other basses because he got it at the age of 16 and it was the "nicest bass in my price range." The Spector Bass is tuned in G # Standard. Regarding guitar playing, Briggs has stated, "I never use the pick as I learned with my fingers."