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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME’S GROUNDBREAKING COLORS SET FOR VINYL REISSUE

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME’S GROUNDBREAKING COLORS SET FOR VINYL REISSUE

Craft Recordings announces a vinyl reissue of Between the Buried and Me’s watershed fifth album, Colors, as the band continues their 20th-anniversary celebrations. Available for pre-order today, and set for a December 11 release date, the highly acclaimed 2007 album has been remixed and remastered by its original producer, Jamie King, at his Raleigh, NC-based Basement Studio.

Declared to be “one of the most important heavy works of the century” by Loudwire, Colors found the North Carolina five-piece confidently pushing their creative and aural boundaries like never before. The innovative album features 64 minutes of continuous music, split seamlessly between eight tracks: from the opening piano lines of “Foam Born, Pt. A” to the cornerstone “Informal Gluttony” to the epic, 14-minute closing opus, “White Walls.”

While Colors offers plenty of furious growls and hard-driving guitar riffs that one would expect from a metalcore album, it also includes a myriad of diverse melodic breakdowns—engaging a variety of pop and jazz influences and highlighting the formidable musicianship and technical ingenuity of singer and keyboardist Tommy Rogers, lead guitarist Paul Waggoner, rhythm guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist and keyboardist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson.

Upon its release, Colors became a best-selling album for BTBAM and was their first to break the Billboard 200 (peaking at No.57). The LP was embraced by critics as well on both sides of the Atlantic. Among its numerous accolades, Colors was ranked in Kerrang!s “21 Best U.S. Metalcore Albums of All Time” list, while Prog placed the title in 2014’s “Top 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time.” Loudwire, meanwhile, ranked Colors at No.7 on their “Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of the 21st Century” list in 2016, praising that it was “nothing less than a complete metamorphosis of progressive metal.” Ultimate Guitar gave the album a near-perfect score and named Colors the “Best Album of the Year” in their annual This Year in Metal issue.

More than a decade later, Colors continues to be massively popular with BTBAM’s fans. Since its release, the album spawned a live DVD (2008’s Colors Live), while the band embarked on a tenth-anniversary tour of the album in 2017.

Colors was the moment we decided to put all of our creative energy on the line and just go for it,” says Rogers. “We wanted to create the most unique and diverse record we could possibly make, and at the same time, create something that represented us as a group more than we had ever done before. After all these years, I’m still very proud of this moment we created together. It’s been a blast digging in again and hearing it in this new light. Jamie King did a phenomenal job as always, and I’m very happy for our fans to dive in with us!”

Colors changed everything for us,” adds Waring. “I feel it was not only our career-breaking record but also the first time we really came into our own with this lineup. It’s amazing to hear everything so clearly! I find myself hearing things I forgot we recorded—layers and such.”

“Just when you thought all hope was gone in 2020, we inject new life into this 13-year-old record!” proclaims Briggs. “When Colors originally came out in 2007, CDs were the hot item, and only punk bands and DJs were putting out vinyl. We tried to get Craft to press it on Betamax to really preserve the true warmth of the album—and push into the next generation of reviving old formats—but, alas, we have a bad-ass version on a 12-inch vinyl record. Also, the bass is louder in ‘Viridian!’ Dig!”

Often referred to as the “Thinking Man’s Metal Band,” Between the Buried and Me continue to push the boundaries of their musical and technical abilities, even as they celebrate their 20th anniversary together. Formed in 2000, the band has released nine studio albums, including 2003’s The Silent Circus, 2009’s The Great Misdirect, The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012), and 2015’s Coma Ecliptic—which not only peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 (a career-high for the band), but also garnered widespread acclaim from Noisey, Revolver, Alternative Press, and The Guardian, who welcomed the album with a rare perfect score. Over the years, the group has launched countless sold-out headline tours and support runs with the likes of Mastodon, Opeth, and Coheed and Cambria. Most recently, BTBAM released a two-part studio album, Automata I and Automata II in 2018.

Click here to pre-order Colors (Remixed and Remastered)

Colors tracklist:

Side A:

1. Foam Born (A) The Backtrack

2. (B) The Decade Of Statues

3. Informal Gluttony

Side B:

1. Sun Of Nothing

Side C:

1. Ants Of The Sky

2. Prequel To The Sequel

Side D:

1. Viridian

2. White Walls 

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