It's not braggadocious for Between the Buried and Me to acknowledge the significance of their 2007 album, Colors. How can they not? It's a defining moment for this North Carolina band, and prog metal in general. BTBAM realized their ambitions with flying colors, and rode the momentum to other career highs over the next 14 years. Three years after the Automata duology, BTBAM have now tasked themselves with writing a direct follow-up to Colors — an unenviable position, surely, but Colors II succeeds as a love letter to a pivotal juncture in BTBAM's career.