Automata I is the the first half of a two part concept album from prog metal giants Between the Buried and Me. Clocking in at a mere 35 minutes, Automata I definitely feels like half an album, given the run time of BTBAM’s previous full-length releases. In many ways, this venture is reminiscent of 2011’s two part concept album, Parallax: The Hypersleep Dialogues, the first part of which was a half-hour long. The second Automata is tentatively set to be released sometime in July of 2018, and it will be interesting to see whether it ultimately made sense conceptually to release this in two parts as opposed to one package.

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Welcome to the Progress Report, a blog for folks who love metal music, but get bored easily. This site seeks to highlight all that’s new and exciting in the metal world. We will focus primarily on progressive and melodic death metal, but will also cover djent, post metal, post rock, and softer prog bands that distinquish themselves.

The Progress Report will primarily bring you editorial articles, especially album reviews, and opinion pieces on the genre in general. Expect to mostly see reviews with high ratings, as we wish not to waste too much of your time. The point of all this is to bring you what we consider the cream of the crop—acts that may be lost in the barrage of music on the greater blog-o-sphere.

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