Between the Buried and Me - Automata II
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Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #26 / 841
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Based on 68 ratings
2018 Ratings: #87
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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 second installment from Automata proves to be more efficient and less predictable, with more different elements added to it.
I was told to give this album a try and it did not disappoint. Super groovy and jazzy at points, plus the death elements were not overbearing. Excited to try more from this band.
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
Okay, first of all, is there a good reason that the combined parts of Automata were split into two different albums? They total to only 10 tracks and 68 minutes, even though the band has had longer single album releases. Anyways, this rant about the double album roll out trend can wait for another time, but for now, lets talk about Automata II. I wasn't exactly anticipating this listen, because Automata I was a pretty safe prog metal/metalcore album with cliche prog rock instrumentals thrown ... read more
Excellent complex compositions and musicianship. Powerful driving metal guitars, emotive moods and depth
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Added on: May 25, 2018