Between the Buried And Me brings the “Coma Ecliptic” tour to Grand Rapids
By Austin Vicars
Arts and Entertainment Editor
On Friday, Aug 1 Between The Buried And Me made a tour stop in downtown Grand Rapids and performed in front of a sold out crowd at The Intersection. The show was in support of their new album “The Coma Ecliptic” and featured special guests Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist. The “Coma Ecliptic Tour” is a North American venture spanning 33 progressive metal shows in just over a month.
The evening started off with Indianapolis, Indiana natives The Contortionist. Band members include Robby Baca: Guitar, Michael Lessard: Vocals, Joey Baca: Percussion, Cameron Maynard: Guitar, Jordan Eberhardt: Bass Guitar, and Eric Guenther on Keyboards. The Contortionist performed a short but sweet set consisting of seven songs primarily off of their newest record “Language” but with a couple classics from “Exoplanet” and “Instrinsic.” Faithful fans of the band received a surprising treat when former vocalist Jonathan Carpenter joined the band for the heavy “Solipsis.” With their exciting live show and tight playing The Contortionist was a great opening act for the night.
After The Contortionist hypnotized fans, Animals As Leaders took the stage. The instrumental trio wowed the audience with the impressive virtuosity they display on their instruments. Despite their rather tame sound and performance compared to the heavier Contortionist, Animals As Leaders generated a good crowd response from start to finish and had the whole building in a energized frenzy during their closing song “CAFO.”
After two impressive opening acts, Between the Buried and Me, had a lot to live up to. The North Carolina natives however, would not be outdone at their own party. The band came out swinging with cult classic “Selkies: The Endless Obsession” and captivated the audience right away. The band played several songs off the new album including “Memory Palaces,” “Famine Wolf” and new single “The Coma Machine.” Between The Buried And Me also played the massive “Astral Bodies,” “Lay Your Ghosts To Rest” “Ants Of The Sky” and “Prequel To The Sequel” which were the best songs of any band on the night. After the long set came to a close the band came out for an encore for the ages, covering Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” setting the sold out crowd into a sing-along.
Between The Buried And Me pulled off their extremely technical brand of progressive metal to a tee live and still maintained a strong stage presence. The only criticism any concertgoer could have about the night was that the vocals were a little quiet which, was just a technical glitch.
Between The Buried and Me was all anyone could want from a concert. Whether it was enjoying the musicianship, singing along, head banging and moshing, or crowd surfing, Between The Buried And Me’s show had it all. The Contortionist was hypnotizing, Animals As Leaders got the party started and Between The Buried And Me was epic. The Western Michigan crowd had one hell of a concert experience.
For more information on Between The Buried And Me go to http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com/.