Between the Buried and Me
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
28th, February 2020
Support: The Omnific
People mull around various spots of The Triffid tonight, edging closer to the stage as they wait for The Omnific to arrive. It’s not long before they do, with the crowd greeting them with the kind of nonchalant attitude you would expect towards an opening act.
The three men on stage don’t let this dissuade as they launch into their personal brand of instrumental prog, armed with two bassists and more groove than a Marvin Gaye record. The band takes their time building their compositions, until the crowd have no choice but to bang their heads in slow, hypnotic nods. Their songs bleed into each other, until you’ve succumbed to forty minutes of sensual prog goodness.
Between the Buried and Me walk onstage, greeted like returning heroes back from their long space voyage.
Launching into the beautiful, yet brutal ‘Astral Bodies’ and then the intricate ‘Lay Your Ghosts to Rest’ the band showcase the power of their wide-ranging compositions as the song morphs from delicate prog passages, to the kind of death metal that would strip paint from the walls. The crowd stare in awe as the band bombard you with song after song of prog rock bangers ripped straight out of every facet of the career of this band.
Indeed, songs like ‘More of Myself To Kill’ are even performed tonight and send the crowd into a frenzied rhythm of banging bodies as the band bombard you with the raw talent of their earlier, more abrasive sounds. Contrasting this with ‘Coma Machine’ you’re able to see and hear just how far this band has come since those humble beginnings with the crowd greeting the song with the same level of enthusiasm they greet their much older work.
There is something to be said about Tommy Giles Rogers Jr tonight who takes all these songs and never misses a beat in his vocal performance. Whether it’s the harsh vocals or the cleans, the guy switches between them with ease and never once sounds off. The raw power of his performance is showcased fully during the second set, when ‘Condemned to the Gallows’ sees the band lay utter destruction on those lucky enough to witness it, with the glue that holds it all together being Tommy and the way he screams “Condemned to the Gallows” over and over again until you feel like you’ve had your face ripped off and you’re rolling around in your own blood.
The set ends with ‘Viridian’ and ‘White Walls’ and sees the crowd losing their collective minds as they are served the very finest of prog metal greatness for one final time before they inevitably have to come back down to Earth and face the reality of their real lives.
Tonight, Between the Buried and Me have given Australia a performance that no one in this room will ever forget. In the span of fourteen songs, the band has showcased their past, present and very bright future and in doing so, they have created a live performance that is not to be missed under any circumstances.
If you’re a fan, go and fucking see this. No really, don’t be dumb.
Reviewed by Kaydan Howison
Revisit our interview with BTBAM’s Tommy Giles Rogers Jr right here
Between The Buried And Me