This album documents the band playing the entirety of their last album, Coma Ecliptic, live in San Diego.
As a general rule even though I do enjoy a live album now and again, I prefer the recorded originals. However, when I do happen upon one I really like, I tend to listen to it a lot. This has happened quite a bit recently, with some thoroughly enjoyable live albums being released by the likes of Mayhem, Avulsed, and Isis. I can also now add the mighty Between the Buried and Me to this list.
When I listen to a live album I primarily want two things from it.
The first is a top quality sound. I’m not interested in some sub-standard version of the original songs, I want a pristine sounding live recording, one that’s clear enough to let you hear everything and properly get engaged in the music.
Secondly, I want to be transported to the live show and actually experience what it’s like to see the band live. Of course, this second item is very hard to attain, and even the best live albums will necessarily fall short of this lofty goal in many regards. However, it’s something that’s worth aspiring to, and the closer a live album can get you to this, the better.
As for Coma Ecliptic: Live? Well, the first of the above two desires is definitely taken care of. This album has a great sound and everything is clear and strong. You can hear exactly what’s going on. This brings me to the second of the two desires – you can feel the majesty and power of Between the Buried and Me come through strong in the recording. Sure, it’s no Live After Death or Live Shit: Binge and Purge, (still my gold standard live albums), but it’s pretty damn engrossing.
As for the quality of the music? Well, it’s Between the Buried and Me so you should already know the high standard they operate at. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, however, I’d recommend checking out my review of Coma Ecliptic, and you should probably start with the original album before this. Either way; this is well over an hour of quality progressive metal.
To sum up, this is a very enjoyable interpretation and rendition of a very strong release. Between the Buried and Me once again show why they’re one of the best and most exciting metal bands out there.