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Between the Buried and Me Releases “Automata II”
New Albums

Between the Buried and Me Releases “Automata II”

Between the Buried and Me have followed up Automata I from earlier this year with it’s conclusion, Automata II. The two-part concept album is based around the idea of being able to view the dreams of others. “Automata II sees us at our most dynamic and most creative,” says bassist Dan Briggs. “It feels like turning a page into a...

Between The Buried And Me Release “Automata I”
New Albums

Between The Buried And Me Release “Automata I”

Prog-metal band Between the Buried and Me have returned with Automata I, the first of a two-part concept album. The band explores the idea of being able to view the dreams of others. “What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment?” asks vocalist Tommy Rogers. “Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If...

Between the Buried and Me Announce Colors 10th Anniversary Tour
Concerts & Tours

Between the Buried and Me Announce Colors 10th Anniversary Tour

2017 marks the ten years since Between the Buried and Me released their seminal album Colors. To celebrate, the band is embarking on an extensive North American tour in which they will play the album in its entirety. “Colors was our statement of rebellion,” the band states. “We were challenging how others identified us in the context of heavy metal,...

Dan Briggs Teases Nova Collective Album
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Dan Briggs Teases Nova Collective Album

Good news for prog-rock fans: Between the Buried and Me/Trioscapes bassist Dan Briggs has announced he’s got a new project called Nova Collective, and it’s getting ready to release an album. The quartet also includes fellow Trioscapes member Matt Lynch and Haken alumniRichard Henshall and Pete Jones. They originally started with Briggs and Henshall working out some arrangements before filling...

Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing
Interviews

Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and musician. We compiled some advice from the world’s top bass players...

From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians
Interviews

From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

The bass is an incredible instrument. It’s never too late to start playing and there’s always something to learn for those who have already started. But sometimes we hit ruts in our growth that will wear us down. That’s why we’ve compiled advice for up-and-comers from ten of the world’s foremost bassists across a variety of styles. If you or...

Between the Buried and Me Releases Concept Album
New Albums

Between the Buried and Me Releases Concept Album

Between the Buried and Me’s seventh album, Coma Ecliptic, is a full-on rock opera, according to Dan Briggs, bassist and songwriter for the progressive metal group. As he told Metal Insider, “Roughly, it’s a story about a guy who’s in a self-induced coma and ends up traversing these different worlds that manifests themselves over the course of three different songs...

Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs
Interviews

Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

Musical diversity is a beautiful thing, and Dan Briggs has it in spades. Besides laying down the low end for the popular prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me, the bassist has several projects to express different sides of his playing including ORBS and Trioscapes, the latter of which is gearing up for their sophomore release next month. Digital Dream...

Spector Announces NS-2000/5 Dan Briggs Signature Bass
Basses

Spector Announces NS-2000/5 Dan Briggs Signature Bass

Spector was showing lots of new instruments at the NAMM show this year, including the NS-2000/5 Dan Briggs Signature bass. It’s modeled after the same NS-2000/5 that Briggs has owned and played since he was 16. The bass features neck-through construction with a 3-piece rock maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, maple body wings, and a quilt maple top. The body’s...

Between The Buried and Me Releases “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”
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Between The Buried and Me Releases “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”

Prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me has followed up last year’s Parallax EP with the release of Parallax II: Future Sequence. The full-length album continues the concept of its predecessor with two main characters how take a journey through space and time to cure the flaws of humanity. “While the EP served mostly as an introduction to the characters,...

Trioscapes, Featuring Dan Briggs: Curse of the Ninth
Bass Videos

Trioscapes, Featuring Dan Briggs: Curse of the Ninth

Ever since Dan Briggs and his band Trioscapes released their debut album Separate Realities, I’ve been hooked. The sax/bass/drums trio has a unique sound that blends their metal and jazz fusion influences to create something new. Check out this live performance of the song “Curse of the Ninth.” Briggs lays it down heavy on this one, utilizing a looping pedal...

Dan Briggs and Trioscapes Release “Separate Realities”
New Albums

Dan Briggs and Trioscapes Release “Separate Realities”

Dan Briggs and his new group Trioscapes have released their debut album, Separate Realities on Metal Blade Records. Originally started to do a one-off show of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, the sax/bass/drums trio brings together elements of prog rock, metal and jazz. Briggs, who lays down the low end for the prog metal outfit Between the Buried and...