Recommended by Ben Salmon
Any time Norwegian metal giants Enslaved stop in Portland, chances are very good they’ll be the most prog-influenced heavy band in town that week. But not this time—not with prog-metal veterans Between the Buried and Me rolling into Wonder Ballroom tonight. You see, where Enslaved spices up its sound with prog elements, Between the Buried and Me’s primary aesthetic revolves around the zigzagging arrangements, whiplash rhythms, and technical wizardry of prog-metal. For nearly two decades, the North Carolina band has skillfully walked the line between melodic grandeur, machine-gun thrash, and controlled chaos, rarely taking its foot off the gas. Their first part of its new two-part album, Automata I, comes out today, with Automata II expected to drop this coming summer.