Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carolinians enjoy career high on Billboard 200

Carolina-based progressive metal outfit Between the Buried and Me celebrate the highest chart position of its career this week. It's new album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" debuted on the Billboard 200 at #22.  Its 2009 album, "The Great Misdirect" debuted at #36. "The Parallax II" did well across the board charting at #3 on Billboard's Hard Album Music Chart, at #8 on the magazine's Rock Album Chart, and at numbers 5 and 10 on the Indie Label Album and Indie Retail Albums charts, respectively. The disc is also doing well in Canada where it debuted as the top album in metal on Canadian iTunes.

Although it tours internationally, BTBAM is deeply rooted in the Carolinas. Some of its members are originally from Charlotte and still reside here. "The Parallax II" was recorded, like most of its catalog, in Winston-Salem with co-producer Jamie King.

For years the group played small venues like Tremont Music Hall's Casbah, but over the last few years its graduated to large chain venues like House of Blues and The Fillmore. With complex concept albums like "The Parallax II," BTBAM has positioned itself as a frontrunner in progressive metal.

The band plays Germany this weekend before heading to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand in November.