LIVE / Island in Limbo Tour EU/UK 2023
What Haken is to the UK, Between The Buried And Me is to the US: the country's most exciting and successful progressive metal band. Over many years and albums, both bands have gained a loyal fan base worldwide and are now coming to Germany together as part of their Island In Limbo tour.
Both bands have their latest album in their luggage: Haken released the longplayer "Virus" in 2020; Between The Buried And Me succeeded with the work "Colors II" in 2021.
When singer Ross Jennings, multi-instrumentalist Richard Henshall and guitarist Matthew Marshall founded the band Haken in London in 2007, they were still teenagers. Initially, the three of them mainly undertook so-called "bedroom jams" until three more musicians completed the line-up. With bassist Thomas McLean, keyboardist Pete Jones and drummer Raymond Hearne, the line-up was initially complete, with Pete Jones and founding member Matthew Marshall being replaced by Charles Griffiths on guitar and Diego Tejeida on keys before the debut album was released.
By the time the first album "Aquarius" was released in 2010, the band had found their style: At its core, they played a technically sophisticated progressive metal, but not afraid of electronic elements. Since the third album "The Mountain", their international breakthrough, every record has climbed the charts throughout Europe. For example, the current work "Virus" rose to number 12 in Germany and number 7 in Switzerland. The upcoming performances should also be interesting because after Diego Tejeida's departure at the end of last year, founding member Pete Jones has now returned to the band.
Between The Buried And Me formed in 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This quintet, which after some line-up changes in their early phase since 2004 consists of the two founding members Tommy Rogers (vocals/keyboard) and Paul Waggoner (guitar) and the later added Dustin Waring (guitar), Blake Richardson (drums) and Dan Briggs (bass), also has its roots in sophisticated progressive metal. However, depending on the content of their albums, they add elements of technically complex death metal, metalcore, avant-garde metal and trash metal, only to sound like powerful alternative rock a moment later.
Due to this variety of styles Between The Buried And Me were always a bit between the stools and didn't belong to any real scene - a unique selling point, which they made the main theme on their fourth album "Colors" from 2007. It was also the first of their albums to climb into the Top 100 of the Billboard charts, where they have been permanent guests with every new record since.
Due to the Corona pandemic, the band had to postpone their planned 20th anniversary world tour; instead, they went back into the studio to record "Colors II", a sequel to their internal band examination, this time triggered by external factors. "Colors II" is already their tenth album and is also considered by experts to be their most exciting - because their progressive metal has never sounded so independent and unmistakable.
The joint concert is an absolute must for all fans of the progressive metal genre.