This is the first installment of Between The Buried and Me's epic two-part eighth studio effort and their introductory offering for Sumerian Records. Automata marks the band's first proper double LP-spanning concept album and it finds the North Carolina quintet expanding their ever-evolving style and smashing boundaries once again.
"Every single week music comes and goes. We can get music instantly and with this luxury, the listener has a hard time sitting down with albums and exploring their every twist and turn," says frontman Tommy Rogers. "Because of this, we have decided to release our new album in two parts. Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we've put our entire being into...All of our music should build up to the newest record. That's what happens with Automata. You can take little snippets from our past throughout this album. It sounds like Between the Buried and Me, but it's still new. We hope to keep the music industry on its toes. This is part of doing that."
Guitarist Paul Waggoner adds, "We never want to repeat ourselves. We're always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that's fun and challenging. We never know how it's going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We've never written an entire piece and presented it in separate parts like this."