Between the Buried and Me Talk 'Truman Show'-Esque Concept for 'Coma Ecliptic' Album: Exclusive

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Between the Buried and Me photographed in 2015.

Prog metal band Between the Buried and Me is preparing to release their seventh full-length album Coma Ecliptic (out July 10). The album, according to a scene from the making-of DVD that the group is sharing exclusively on Billboard, is about pretty much what it sounds like: a coma. Except this coma has some Inception-like qualities.

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"In every song he's experiencing different past lives," lead singer Tommy Rogers says in the video of the character central to the album, "trying to find a better world to live in."

Citing The Truman Show and The Twilight Zone as influences, Rogers describes the album as a "coma within a coma with in a coma" -- more broadly, the moment "where you realize everything you've been experiencing, everything you've been living, is fake."

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Justin Reich, who directed the band's first live DVD The Parallax: Live at the Fidelitorium, also directed this new behind-the-scenes doc, The Making of Coma Ecliptic. Giving fans a peek into how the album came together, the DVD is exclusively available as a part of preorder bundles for the album.

Learn more about the concept of Between the Buried and Me's Coma Ecliptic in the clip below: