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Friday 5: Five By Between The Buried And Me

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Today, let’s talk about extreme metal’s most widely appealing act!

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THE FIVE

What are BTBAM’s five essential songs for new and old fans?

THE LISTER

Anso DFMetalSucks senior editor

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1. “Selkies: The Endless Obsession”
from Alaska
2005 | Victory

Between The Buried And Me’s new album is out today (on the first-ever New Release Friday). They might remind you of snack mix: Little bits of something for everyone. Don’t like that mini-pretzel? Flick it aside and pick up that mini-breadstick. Ooh, peanuts!

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2. “Informal Gluttony”
from Colors
2007 | Victory

Listening to Alaska for the first time, a metal dude might have felt like love was in the air. But second and third spins could’ve netted little more than frustration over a near miss. So their next album may have generated skepticism in you. This time, your doubt headed to the exit, not your excitement.

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3. “Desert Of Song”
from The Great Misdirect
2009 | Victory

You might’ve thought of this song upon your first listen to Watain’s “They Rode On” in 2013. Then you probably spent a few moment feeling weird about the thought that somebody is better than Watain at something. Rare.

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4. “Bloom”
from The Parallax II: Future Sequence
2012 | Metal Blade

BTBAM’s occasional nods to Devin Townsend and Mr. Bungle are kinda annoying, but ultimately you’re far from against them. Like sorority girls.

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5. “White Walls”
from Colors
2007 | Victory

I suppose the point of BTBAM is range. That is, fans of extreme metal will likely feel the impact of at least one of the things that BTBAM does well or awesomely. Even if you’re not into fancy prog rippage. Shit, you don’t even have to be into long songs; their normal-length jams are awesome to the point of hinting at BTBAM’s future: an album of five-minute songs with regular-ish structures. I can’t wait! For now, we’ll live with their long shit too :)

Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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