AOTY 2023
Between the Buried and Me - Colors II
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #442 / 752
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Based on 315 ratings
2021 Ratings: #164
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Metal Injection

Perhaps more than any of its predecessors, it seems like the culmination of everything that came before it, fluidly incorporating virtually all of the quintet’s past specialties into a thoroughly thrilling and rewarding new venture

Metal Hammer

In being so loyal to the structure of what’s come before, Colors II doesn’t reinvent progressive metal like its predecessor, but by all other metrics, it lives up to its lineage.

BTBAM prove they’re still as creatively uninhibited as they were when they first showed the world what they were truly capable of.

Colors II can still be plenty respectable without reaching or surpassing Colors. It's certainly BTBAM's heaviest in a while, paying tribute to the BTBAM's watershed record without copy-pasting.

Readers will disagree. Fans will call out “blasphemy”, but Between The Buried and Me’s latest is so far up the wall (balls n’ all), it’s hard to make out exactly what part of the record you’re listening to. Everything and nothing sticks.
The Needle Drop

Colors II isn't quite the return to form suggested by its title and lead teaser.


There’s a big hurdle musicians have to overcome when they’re making a sequel to a beloved album, especially if a significant amount of time has past. You’re basically setting up a shit ton of high expectations before the listener has heard a single note and comparisons are inevitable. Thankfully, “Colors II”, the spiritual successor to Between the Buried and Me’s prog metalcore classic “Colors” is a very faithful followup that fans of the original ... read more


So disappointed...


BTBAM Fans: Colors is your best album
BTBAM: Ok lets do it again

wow they actually did it again


I love prog metalllllll!!!


Felt in the mood to give this a try since I've been in a prog mood lately and since I loved part one. This is one of the few metal bands I would listen to now and the only prog metal band I like. They actually make an effort to have great song structure, softer melodic and epic moments with interesting rhythms while still maintaining the heaviness of metal instead of being random ass riffs and solos everywhere to show their incredible musical skills while making a song genuinely unlistenable. ... read more


I'm in disbelief. They captured lightning in a bottle TWICE...

I'm a major fan of the original Colors, one of the handful of albums (That I've heard) I consider a 10/10, so I was very excited to listen to this yet nervous I would be disappointed after hearing some criticism about it, but I went into it open minded.
After a few listens over the past few weeks I've concluded that this follow up, once again is an absolute 10. They lived up to the hope and then some.

This sounds like a ... read more

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Added on: June 24, 2021