North Carolina’s Between the Buried and Me is a prog-metal band in the most time-honored sense of the word “prog.” The group does nothing subtly; Why write a simple four-minute song when it could be extended to 10 minutes by throwing in snippets of every musical genre imaginable? (Why yes, that is in fact a country & western hoedown in their popular song “Ants of the Sky.”) This approach has doomed many bands, but Between the Buried’s best songs evoke a sense of epic scope and grandeur while maintaining an element of what’s-coming-next suspense, like Opeth without the predictability and tedious riff-centered composition. The band’s new LP, The Great Misdirect, is set for release this fall, and on it you can expect anything, too.
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PERFORMS WITH IN FLAMES AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930.