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LIVE REVIEWS: Between the Buried and Me, He Is Legend

Sun. Dec. 7, The Music Farm

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Between the Buried and Me, He Is Legend
Sun. Dec. 7
The Music Farm

He Is Legend is a band that seems to be just on the cusp of breaking its way into the mainstream — with enough standard rock to interest the casual listener, and enough metal flourishes to interest the hardcore. Lead singer Schuylar Croom has had to adjust his vocal style over the years. (Apparently, screaming "I'm Hollywood!" as loud as possible on stage for years can strain the voice. Who knew?). The adjustment was evident on older songs.

The band's set started slowly. The crowd swayed when they should have been violently jerking, but a little heckling from Schuylar got things moving. An unexpected and appreciated vocal decision came in the form of Chelsea Dove, who came on stage to give Schuylar a rest and add some female vocals to the male-heavy show. By the end of the set, there was a riot in the pit. A phenomenal and exciting finale got everybody excited and hyped up for Between the Buried and Me.

The introduction of "Hello Charleston! We are Between the Buried and Me" was all that was needed to be said before an eruption of music blasted its way through the Music Farm.

Between the Buried and Me is a metal band unlike any other. It incorporates a variety of genres into its musical epics. They had the crowd staring in awe, slack-jawed at their technical prowess. The band was more interested in skill and pinpoint precision than in breaking faces and crazy dance moves. The crowd seemed to appreciate this, and was more interested in the show on stage than the parade of kung-fu dancers performing in the pit. The music made one worry less about his personal well being and more about how the hell the band members were moving their fingers so fast.

Recently, BtBaM has played its latest album Colors in its entirety, but Sunday's gig featured a medley of songs from the band's assorted discography. The songs were harder and faster, but there was still a healthy dose of slow and melodic pieces to offset the face-melting. (www.heislegend.com, www.betweentheburiedandme.com) —Kyle Hilliard

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