Between the Buried and Me is one of the most important metal acts of this generation alongside Opeth and Mastodon and like the latter two, BTBAM sets themselves far from their peers because of their prog affinities that spices and makes sense of their brutal style of metalcore. Colors and The Parallax II: Future Sequence are BTBAM's masterpieces transcending their equally magnificent Alaska album from 2005, yet I'm pulling "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" from the latter album as evidence of their early-on brilliance. The transitions from death-tech and metalcore to a luxuriant, Opeth-bound quietus to a melodic prog finish is something to behold. Between the Buried and Me only got better from this point forward.
ELO is one of those bands I've been a complete sucker for all my life and while Jeff Lynne's taken enough shots from the music press for his uber-love of the Beatles, The Who and other pioneers of rock, what he and Electric Light Orchestra did was transcendental in their own right. Lynne knows how to draw more hooks than the first week of a fresh NHL season. I can peel off more than a handful of my favorite ELO songs like "Do Ya," "Livin' Thing," "Evil Woman," "Tightrope," "Strange Magic," "Telephone Line" and "Turn to Stone." "Nightrider" is one of those seldom-mentioned gems that feels to me like a light, airy score to a film meant for either young or adult audiences, depending on the shrewdness of the director. It really does feel like breezing through the night with the roof top down and nowhere important to be. While ELO was more rock-based, there's no denying the orchestral elements lumps them into a prog affiliation.
Finally is Peter Gabriel's "Rhythm of the Heat," a favorite of most of his fans and deservedly so. This one's a slow cooker that builds itself up to a frenzy of tribal beats that need to be cranked upon climax. Of course, Gabriel and Genesis are renowned as masters of prog rock, but Gabriel took his music into bold new territories upon his departure from his alma mater. Sometimes that found him in commercial turf, i.e. the So album, but most of the time, Gabriel was in search of tones and techniques from around the globe to meld into his often intelligent music. "Rhythm of the Heat" is orgasmic.
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession"
Electric Light Orchestra - "Nightrider"
Peter Gabriel - "Rhythm of the Heat"