Between The Buried And Me – Automata II album review

Prog metal posterboys Between The Buried And Me kick convention into the long grass on Automata II

Between The Buried And Me Automata II cover

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Automata II

1. The Proverbial Bellow
2. Glide
3. Voice Of Trespass
4. The Grid

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Released earlier this year, the futuristic motifs of Automata I were a riveting if fairly standard appetiser for the North Carolina explorers, tentatively leaving fans wondering what the follow-up would portend. 

In just four tracks part II really sees their creative juices given a hit of nitrous oxide, effectively covering their entire career to date as well as plunging over the edge of new realms. 

Opener The Proverbial Bellow is a 13-minute kaleidoscope of arbitrary arrangements, regal lead guitar, angular riffing and even a bit of banjo, while the accordion-led Glide sets up the vaudevillian swing of Voice Of Trespass recalls the madcap tomfoolery of Devin Townsend at his most expressive. 

At just 33 minutes there’s ample opportunity to absorb the festivities and decide whether it’s batshit or brilliant, before you put both parts of the Automata puzzle together for an opulent whole.

Adam Brennan

Rugby, Sean Bean and power ballad superfan Adam has been writing for Hammer since 2007, and has a bad habit of constructing sentences longer than most Dream Theater songs. Can usually be found cowering at the back of gigs in Bristol and Cardiff. Bruce Dickinson once called him a 'sad bastard'.