AOTY 2019
Between the Buried and Me - Automata I
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #257 / 736
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #382
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Sumerian / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Metal Injection

Automata I is an outstanding achievement within Between The Buried And Me's discography.

80
Exclaim!

Automata I cherry-picks from some of the best elements of previous Between the Buried and Me records, while injecting their masterful sense of musicianship and structure.

80
PopMatters

Despite feeling a bit too unsurprising and safe—not to mention brief—to really rival its masterful precursors, Automata I is still a knockout effort that proves once again why Between the Buried and Me is the superlative act of their particular style.

80
Metal Sucks

Time and time again, Between the Buried and Me have proven that they are metal royalty. Automata – Part I is another amazing addition to the treasures of the crown. I can’t wait for Part II.

80
Metal Hammer

Automata I is a record that delights rather than shocks for the most part, the band cherrypicking all of the strongest nuances from the vast buffet of their back catalogue and organising them into a coherent whole. But familiarity isn’t a problem when the consistency levels are this high.

70
AllMusic

Automata I is excellent on its own; its writing, production, and performances are all top flight. Additionally, it whets the appetite of anticipation for part two.

58
A.V. Club

Crooned and barked in cryptic fragments, the album’s Rush-worthy narrative concerns projecting dreams like movies, but the songs themselves lack the what’s-next unpredictability of a wandering subconscious—a quality all over 2007’s crazy-quilt classic Colors. Maybe Automata II will knock BTBAM back off the rails, where the band belongs.

AnalVape
89
The boys keep the ball rolling with "Automata I", the first half of an epic metal experience.

This album does feel a tad bit safe compared to their other material, but there is still razor sharp precision and masterful musicianship present here. This doesn't sound or feel like a typical BTBAM project 100%, and yet, it doesn't sound like any other band could execute this apart from BTBAM. Yellow Eyes stands out a lot to me, as it shows BTBAM telling their listeners "Hey, we still ... read more
pedrosarmento
85
Review in portuguese at:
http://www.wavmagazine.net/reviews/between-the-buried-and-me-automata/
OffTrackReviews
85
Between the Buried and Me released not one, but two new albums this year. Automata I and Automata II follow the story of a man, whose dreams are broadcasted publicly for entertainment purposes by a company called Voice of Trespass. I didn’t have the chance to dive deeper into the story yet, as BTBAM’s lyrics can be a bit vague, but I do think it’s a really interesting concept. Since the two albums are so related to each other and the length is only just over an hour, I decided ... read more
arsmoriendiou81
50
I've been following this band since The Silent Circus.
This is easily BTBAM's most disappointing release.
MasterCrackfox
71
One of the better albums from the collective I've heard in quite some time; would likely be on par with Colors had it not come in at such a short run time, limiting how much you can get out of the album.

Favorite track: Blot
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Year End Lists

#6/Metal Injection

Track List

  1. Condemned to the Gallows
  2. House Organ
  3. Yellow Eyes
  4. Millions
  5. Gold Distance
  6. Blot
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