Between the Buried and Me, "The Anatomy Of"
Well, it must be that time of year again. We know it's time for Ozzfest and Sounds of the Underground to roll around when we start to see limited-edition repackaging and 'deluxe' versions of records only a year old. That might not be the case for Beneath The Buried And Me, which I applaud them for, but what's the next logical step? They have to have something to market, so why not throw together a covers album? Hey, works for me...At least it's not just a re-release of a record that doesn't necessitate a second release in the first place. Enter The Anatomy Of, a record with quirky and already metallic songs alike, which lends itself to a band like Between The Buried And Me quite well.
Songs like "Blackened" (Metallica), "Territory" (Sepultura), and "Cemetery Gates" (Pantera) make sense for Beneath The Buried And Me to tackle on The Anatomy Of...wait a minute, is anyone even allowed to cover "Cemetery Gates" at this point in time? Isn't that like covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Stairway To Heaven"? Anyway, throw in songs from Soundgarden (hallowed ground, let's be careful with that one), Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, Queen, and Counting Crows, and that's quite the motley crew (they're on here too) of songs to cover for a band that's first and foremost metal but experimental enough to warrant a stab at pop and classic rock songs, too.
First off, if you dig Beneath The Buried And Me's avant-garde take on metal, you'll probably dig this. If you don't enjoy Tommy Rogers' three-sided vocal approach, the musical wizardry of his band mates, or simply bands with super-long names, this is probably just a throwaway record. But does it work? Sort of. Tracks from Queen, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Faith No More's "Malpractice" oddly fit Beneath The Buried And Me's quirky musical sense of maturity, despite their non-metalness. "Blackened" and "Kickstart My Heart" also work, albeit in a more tongue-in-cheek, cheesy karaoke way. Blind Melon's "Change" works, representing the original almost to a 'T,' but Soundgarden's "The Day I Tried To Live" was never meant to be 'metalized,' which makes it feel awkward upon entering the choruses.
All in all, The Anatomy Of is a fans-only sort of release. With not a lot to offer the uninitiated, and the Beneath The Buried And Me casuals might get a kick out of hearing some old tunes (although a decent amount are obscure or pre-1986 which rules all most of the kiddies out there), but aside from that, it's just like heading down to the corner bar for Thursday night karaoke sans the alcohol clouding your judgment of what's good and what's just mediocre. Cool release, and cool experimentation, but don't expect this one to sell as well as the band's last, Alaska.
Oh, and no...You can't cover "Cemetery Gates," although the solo is spot on and harmonized, so I'll cut these guys some slack.