Few albums in the pantheon of progressive metal have landed with the splash of 2007’s “Colors,” an eminently original and much celebrated work. Now, 14 years later, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have boldly lowered the bucket back into the well, hoping to dredge up a sequel as refreshing as its predecessor. Clearly, the well has not gone dry. “Colors II” will surely sate the thirst of any prog fan, but how does it compare to the original? The characteristics of “II” that elevate it beyond the earlier offering are the same characteristics that hold it back—in a word, consistency. The song writing, performance, and production of “Colors II” are far more consistent. There are no duds, no filler, no blemishes, but alas, less goosebumps. With its superior production, inspired heavy sections and subtle allusions to the 2007 masterpiece, there is so much greatness in this album, but it never achieves the soaring, intoxicating heights of the original.
Often when I’m jamming to something new, a part will pop up that undeniably reminds me of something I’ve heard before. Some things are just too familiar, and damn it, it’s time to do something about it.
Step one is always identifying the original work the new exposure harkens back to. Once that’s settled, the debate begins. Is this a rip-off, or something else?
I’ve started mashing together pieces of audio that I can’t help but think are linked in some way. Of course, even if something does sound scarily like something already established, it doesn’t mean it’s a rip-off.
Take a listen to this track, and let me know which category you think this example falls into:
This is a rip-off! Some bastard stole some other bastard’s jam!
This is an homage. This is too similar. The artist is merely giving a wink and nod to a predecessor.
This is a coincidence. Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox both invented photography independent of each other, after all. There are only so many ways to make music.
This is an accident. Yeah, it’s probably inspired by the older piece, but they probably didn’t even realize it.
You are smoking. Don’t even see it.
JODI BENSO – “Part of Your World” vs. IHSAHN – “Twin Black Angels”
I know TLM is pretty brutal, but is it really brutal enough for IHSAHN to rip it off? You tell me.