Between the Buried and Me (nicknamed BTBAM ) is an American progressive metal band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Their first album is distributed by Lifeforce Records. They later sign up at Victory Records, and Metal Blade in 2011 when they record their first EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues on April 12th 2011.
The band was founded in 2000 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by singer Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Wagoner and Nick Fletcher, drummer Will Goodyear and bassist Jason King. The first production of the band is a demo of three tracks, which will be featured on their first self-titled studio album, released under the label Lifeforce Records in 2002. Their musical style is varying according to titles; it contains death metal, metalcore, grindcore, jazz and thrash metal elements. The band released a second studio album in 2003, entitled The Silent Circus . This album marks a certain progression in the group: their music is more complex and more technical than their first productions. The title Mordecai is produced as their first music video. The album is re-released in 2006 with a DVD featuring one of their live performances in Carrboro, a group interview, and three music videos: Mordecai and Alaska . From this album, the drummer, Will Goodyear, is replaced by Mark Castillo.
The year 2004 marks many changes in the formation: Dan Briggs replaces Jason King on bass, Mark Castillo and guitarist Nick Fletcher are replaced respectively by Blake Richardson and Dustie Waring. In 2005, Between the Buried and Me released a third studio album, Alaska , which marks another step in the group's evolution; the album's eponymous title, Alaska , is their second music video. In 2006, the band released the album The Anatomy Of ... , which consisted only of group covers that inspired and influenced Between the Buried and Me, including: Metallica, Queen, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis and Counting Crows. On September 18, 2007, the band released a fourth studio album, Colors . This album marks another evolution in the group and puts more emphasis on their progressive rock and jazz influences. On October 27, 2009, the band released their 5 studio album The Great Misdirect .
On February 21, 2011, they quickly released the album The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues under their new label Metal Blade Records and, in 2012, released the sequel from the album The Parallax II: Future Sequence , the most accomplished and mature group to date, according to Paul Wagoner and Dusty Waring >. In 2013, the group lists more than 250,000 albums sold in the United States alone.