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Between The Buried and Me @ The TLA.

June 25, 2014

BTBAM_006Text and images by Rick Kauffman.

For what may be their final show of 2014, Between the Buried and Me said farewell with one final stop in Philadelphia on Monday night. Having seen their recent tour with Meshuggah come to an end in New York City just two nights prior, the boys from North Carolina felt it fitting to make one final stop.

“We figured since we’d be passing through that we’d make one final in our favorite place to play,” guitarist Paul Waggoner said of Philadelphia.

It was as if the band wanted nothing more than to make a strong final impression on crowds before diving back into the writing process. With not much more than a six-song set lasting more than an hour and a half, they performed hits from Colors, The Great Misdirect and their most recent release Parallax II.

Starting with ‘White Walls,’ a track that ends Colors in the most triumphant fashion, they broke in ‘Telos’ from Parallax II, a relentless track that subjugated the crowd with lyrics, “Was I ever really alive? Goodbye to all I’ve known.”

Singer and keyboardist Tommy Giles Rodgers’ chops were on display with mid-song breaks that had headbangers chanting along to ballads. It’s not too often that metal shows have so many sing-alongs but Between the Buried and Me has perfected the art.

Into the rollercoaster ride that is ‘Fossil Genera’ the band fostered a performance fit for a large ensemble with just the five men on stage. Again, the crowd sang along to the lyrics that conclude an epic journey — “How fast we grow, we must move on.”

After a brief break, the band emerged to say their ‘thank yous’ and ‘goodbyes,’ something customary when the tour comes to and end.

Waggoner started with, “Firstly I’d like to thank…” when a fan interjected with “Jesus!” to which the room erupted in laughter.

“That’s really good,” Waggoner responded, “but no, fuck that guy.”

With the encore of ‘Silent Flight Parliament,’ they performed the ending track of Parallax II, concluding the tale of an astronaut marooned in space. Rodgers had everyone in the room chanted along to the final reprise of “Goodbye to everything,” a fitting end to a long journey.

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