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4.2 out of 5 stars
Colors - Live
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on 10 June 2017
Progressive Technical Metal is the classical music of the Metal genre. Longer songs, typically 8 minutes plus with music in waves like a symphony. This makes the music a challenging and rewarding listen as with every repeated listen there is something new to appreciate in a blink and you'll miss it fashion. Each song could be broken down into several shorter pieces should anyone wish, each one full of ideas and great musicianship.

Between the Buried and Me in the company of long tim producer Jamie King have produced some of the finest Progressive Tech-Metal. "The Silent Circus" got them a reputation but it was "Alaska" and then "Colors" that cemented that reputation. The listener is constantly pushed as the band produce little nuances that throw out the rule book. There is nothing "straightforward" about BTBAM and that's why they are loved. They are pioneers of the genre.

Colors_LIVE documents the Colors Tour with the album played in full in the first half of a two hour set which is then followed up by a second half of selected works. The live show itself is in a club setting with minimal crowd shots and the focus on the band. Minimal lighting and a focus on the musicianship with camera angles catching the finest of the action. The audio quality is spot on perfect and BTBAM are at the height of their powers as players. If you don't get to see the band live, then this is an extremely decent second best.
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on 23 February 2009
For me Colors was (and still is) the most exciting album I have ever heard.

For those of you who have already purchased Colors, loved it, and are now wondering how its complexity translates live, the answer is: mind-blowing. That being said this is not a band that fly about onstage (a la The Dillinger Escape Plan) this is a band however that put their music forward in a very powerful, passionate manner and watching this musicianship in action is simply exciting enough. The tightness of the band as a whole is second to none. There are no mistakes that I could REALLY notice and all the songs were delivered almost exactly to the same standards as the CD. White Walls (probably Colors most powerful and epic track) is mind blowing live and the previous 6 tracks also shine very brightly. The older material played after the 'Colors' set is also tight as ever and it was extremely good to see Backwards Marathon, Shevenal Cut a Flip and of course Selkes as usual. This is a very good addition to any fans catalogue and I do recommend you buy this. Of course if you haven't purchased the studio recording then read on:

Colors is a blending of sounds and musical textures that create an exciting and, at all times, gripping, progressive masterpiece from the very beginning of Foam Born, Pt. A: The Backtrack all the way to the very last fading notes of White Walls. It does strike me as odd that Between the Buried and Me do not receive as much attention as they should because this is the sound of a truly talented band with many broad and exciting ideas. Colors is certainly the most accessible, matured and varied that the band have ever sounded. Throughout the seven tracks there are nods to 'Beatles-esque' pop, 70's style prog-rock, country knees-ups and of course the brutality that BTAMB are most notable for. For those of you looking at the album wondering about whether not to purchase - I do warn you, if you have never heard Between the Buried and Me before they are not a band in which you can immediately delve into and be satisfied. A lot of the time this is 'thinking-mans' metal on epic scale. That being said the results of such dedication are very rewarding and this album will grow on you in massive ways so do not be put of and as I said before this album is fairly accessible in comparison to previous releases. Those of you who have already indulged in BTAMB's previous efforts should buy the studio recording of this immediately. All in all this album is incredible Live or in the studio. This comes at the highest recommendation. But now!
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on 13 October 2015
Nearly 2 hours of being shouty-growled at, spoiling all the great musicianship going on behind! I tried my best... watched and listened to the whole 1 hr 55 mins hoping some glimmer would get through, but every time I started to enjoy the music the shouted growling would start again. This one's for the bin I'm afraid.
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on 31 August 2016
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on 24 November 2008
If you have 'Colors' the studio version then you have to hear it live; and even if you haven't just buy it as it sounds EXACTLY the same! Its brutal, melodic and quite simply epic. This is how metal should sound.
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on 6 November 2010
This album is the album colours live
and comes with a dvd too
The Dvd is great well filmed and awesome
playing the entire colours album in one big go
although I do find it all does seem to run together a bit
and not all of it is rememberable
I actually love Viridian the highlight of the show
and I think selkies and Ad D mgldd is good aswell some of the best bits are from the additional footage part of the gig

the Cd its self only has Colours on it
and is the audio from the gig
the quality is good and clear and good
Fantastic guitar work tight drummings
complex bassing
Good vocals although I think more singing would make it more better.

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