the contortionist language

Album Review: The Contortionist – Language

I’m excited to write about this one. I’ve been meaning to share with you all my experiences listening to this absolutely beautiful album after I first heard them live earlier this year. But as most things in my life, time gets the better of me, and months later I’m left asking myself “Why haven’t I gotten around to this yet?” Now that I’ve seen The Contortionist for the second time in a few months, I will not let their latest album “Language” slip through the cracks again. It deserves so much more.Read More »


Top 5: Best Between The Buried And Me Songs

Let’s instigate the readers again. 

Between the Buried and Me are an amazing band that have transformed their sound drastically over the years. To pick out the Top 5 songs from them is going to result in some vastly different songs. Nonetheless, Crash And Ride Music has put it upon themselves to take in such a task. 

So enjoy Crash And Ride Music’s Top 5 Between the Buried and Me songs:

5. “The Coma Machine”

Not only is it an amazing song, but it’s an amazing music video as well!

4. “Bloom”

Probably not the song you all are expecting from “The Parallax II,” but is one of my personal favorites. Now bebop skippity tippity tap those toes!

3. “Selkies: The Endless Obsession”

Why do I have a feeling if I didn’t include this song in this list, there would be mayhem?

2. “Disease, Injury, Madness”

Although it’s off my favorite album, it’s not the #1 song. The heaviness mixed with the lighter bridge section. Just beautiful. 

1. “White Walls” (or “Colors” in its entirety)

Honestly, I could’ve put the entire “Colors” album here. It’s their biggest statement, the album that made them who they are today, and probably the reason you all fell in love with them. The ending to this song is one of the reasons why BTBAM is one of my favorite bands. 

So there you have it: Crash And Ride Music’s Top 5. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off below!

Between the buried and me live

Concert Review: Between the Buried and Me / Animals as Leaders / The Contortionist (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday, I wrote about my experience meeting the members from Between the Buried and Me and Animals As Leaders. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. If you thought my night couldn’t get better than that, then be prepared for Part 2 of my concert review!

Before I even begin about the sets, I want to take a moment to fill you in on the venue. A 1920’s theater and landmark in North Park, the North Park Theater was recently purchased by the same guys who own the Observatory in Santa Ana just an hour north. It was my first visit to this venue, so I did the obligatory research to see how other concertgoers felt. Boy, did I get nervous after what I read.

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Concert Review: Between the Buried and Me / Animals as Leaders / The Contortionist (Part 1 of 2)

Last night, I experienced one of the best concert-filled evenings I’ve had in a long time. There is so much I want to say that I feel it easier to split this concert review into two posts. The first one I will elaborate on my VIP session, and the second one I will review the entire concert. Without further ado, here’s Part One: the VIP sesh.

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between the buried and me coma ecliptic

Album Review: Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic

The moment I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. After several months of anticipation, I have finally wrapped my hands around Between The Buried and Me’s latest release. Well, figuratively, because I downloaded it off iTunes. I couldn’t begin to tell you how impatient I’ve been for this release in particular. Hearing so many rumors about its change in sound, “Coma Ecliptic” will surely stand out in their discography simply because of how different it is. Sure, they might shed some fans away, but I believe they will gain sevenfold in return. With a more direct, friendly, and quite frankly calmer approach to the progressive metal scene, I believe “Coma Ecliptic” is the album that can put BTBAM in the spotlight.

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Album Review: Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect

This next review is the complete opposite of my last review. A word of warning to my readers before I even start this post: If you are not a fan of technical death metal, then this next review might be a bitter pill to swallow, and might be worthy of a skip. To be honest, technical death metal is not my cup of tea, but for many reasons, I enjoy listening to the band Between the Buried and Me.Read More »