Monday, 26 May 2014

Album Review: THE BEYOND - Decaying Death

THE BEYOND - Decaying Death 
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Date: May 2014

The Beyond is a band from Italy formed of ex-members of Deformed Agony in 2011. While I haven’t heard anything from the previous band comprised of the musicians now comprising The Beyond, this band sounds significantly influenced by Morbid Angel. This influence includes the raw quality of such Morbid releases as Covenant and Blessed Are The Sick; The Beyond likewise cite Carcass, Obituary and Gorguts as having inspired them. I imagine I even heard some Sepultura in there though I’m uncertain the band would cite them as among their influences. This four song EP which has been around since April 2013 shows enough energy to deliver its tracks convincingly and determination on the band’s part to be heard. For a debut release their aforementioned influences are prominent throughout these four songs (the title track, “Crime And Punishment,” “Tortured Till Redemption” and “Mass Lobotomy”); however the musicianship is tight and precise (especially in the drums), which is a decent balance with the raw production, and there is potential for the band to expand and grow their own terms on future recordings.

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