Between the Buried and Me - Automata II
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Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #27 / 737
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Based on 53 ratings
2018 Ratings: #137
July 13, 2018 / Release Date
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Sumerian / Label
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Automata I was a superb sequence, no doubt, but Automata II is a downright masterpiece. Exploding with captivating melodies/lyrics, vibrant antics, genre-splicing resourcefulness, and remarkable cohesion and consequence, it exemplifies perfectly what makes Between the Buried and Me so skillful, striving, and singular.


Continuing from the first part of Automata, progressive metal masters Between the Buried and Me bring a whole new set of musical twists and turns to conclude the epic concept record. Although more melodic and experimental than its predecessor, Automata II delivers a satisfying ending and shows the band are capable of balancing all of their various influences.

Metal Sucks

To start off, there should be absolutely no question that AII is damn good. After all, it’s BTBAM. But although it’s a great album, it’s going to take you more time to digest than AI because, to be blunt, AII is fucking bizarre even by progressive metal/BTBAM standards.


Automata II can be listened to on its own, but it holds much greater power when taken together with its predecessor. It is easily the more musically adventurous of the two recordings, making it an indispensable part of Between the Buried and Me's provocative catalog.

Metal Hammer
In just four tracks part II really sees their creative juices given a hit of nitrous oxide, effectively covering their entire career to date as well as plunging over the edge of new realms.
The most recent release from BTBAM is the second half of a one-two punch of a double album, and boy is it stellar.

Whoa, the first two minutes of The Proverbial Bellow are absolutely insane, and the banjo works so well for some reason. Between the Buried and Me just do what they do so well, and they shove it right down your throat right away. I'll take it. I want the cyanide pill. This one requires utter focus. This is not a casual listen by any means, if you couldn't tell by the fact the ... read more
Excellent complex compositions and musicianship. Powerful driving metal guitars, emotive moods and depth
Grandiose compositions are littered throughout 'Automata II' as well as knee-jerk time signature changes and cryptic lyrics. It all makes for a captivating experience.
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
One of the strangest mixes of instruments and styles I have ever heard but it works so well. This album is a lot of fun with it’s creepy voice mixed with instruments you would find a big band. I would definitely recommend this if you want to try something completely different.
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#6/Metal Injection

Track List

  1. The Proverbial Bellow
  2. Glide
  3. Voice of Trespass
  4. The Grid
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