It’s been a couple months since Between the Buried and Me first released a single from their new album ‘Coma Ecliptic’, and since then, fans haven’t heard much about the band’s new concept album. Dan Briggs, the band’s bassist, had given quite a bit of insight on the direction of the album, that only needed one word to get the message across: ‘Huge’. It was framed as a ‘modern rock opera’ and, according to Briggs, was inspired by artists who could live up to the modern rock opera:
"Spending the last year immersed in a world of Quadrophenia, Operation Mindcrime, The Wall- as well as Sondheim and Lloyd Webber musicals, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky symphonic suites; writing an over the top, dramatic and forward thinking rock opera was the most natural thing to do.”
Now, since the album is being released on July 10th, the band has made the full album available for streaming via Soundcloud!
You can listen to the full album below:
While listening, be sure to listen for the story of this concept album, which was described by the band as:
“The story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more ‘perfect.’ The man does find his ideal life, but then is offered the ultimate choice of life or death. He chooses life and wakes up to his own actual reality.
It’s at that moment he realizes that he had been in a coma – everything that happened had been dreams and false memories. After awakening, we find the man outside finally experiencing reality, and he sees what he has been missing: the world is beautiful, the air is fresh, and the people appear to be happy, and then he falls over dead. The take away from this is to make the best of your life. People are constantly searching for something better without taking the time to appreciate the things they have. What we need may already be here, and is hopefully real. We may all be in a coma in another life.”