Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Posted on July 2014
This album shows many indications that Germany’s Arising Fear are headed for bigger things. Beyond Betrayal, the follow-up to their 2009 debut EP, was released this past March and much effort is going into supporting it with press and live campaigns. The full album, available for streaming on Soundcloud, doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. A 90s feel is prominent, with a 2000s touch not difficult to find. The rhythm section of bassist Tom Franz and drummer Tobi Möhring work well together when it comes to pushing the band (guitarists/vocalists Alex Rauh and Kevin Pöllmann) forward as each of these ten tracks demonstrate. Möhring’s strong, exact, almost primal percussion (complete with energetic fills) is a marked counterpoint to the band’s intricate approach to writing and composing their songs. “Mantic Shape,” “A Day To Overcome” and “Final Redemption” don’t’ sound like a picnic to play live, and Möhring does an admirable job at providing them with a backbone. The production is crisp and differentiates between each instrument and the vocals with equal ease. Arising Fear are currently seeking a label to release their work on.