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Released: 2009, Self
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
1.the condition of being insane; a derangement of the mind.
2.Law. such unsoundness of mind as affects legal responsibility or capacity.
3.Psychiatry. (formerly) psychosis.
4.extreme folly; senselessness; foolhardiness
To classify oneself as suffering from “insanity” has a certain degree of finality to it, doesn’t it? I mean, there are different levels of kookiness, but to be “insane” is pretty much the end of the road, right? I mean, where else are you gonna go? Nowhere man, ‘cause you are CAH-RAY-ZAY! So can you imagine how nuts you must be to be Beyond Insanity? That’s like being crazier than crazy, and that’s pretty crazy. Such is the proposition from France’s Beyond Insanity. Their self-titled debut EP is an amalgam of death metal, metalcore, and some weird experimental bits (insane!) that makes for a somewhat disjointed listening experience.
While not necessarily a bad first attempt, the songs come across like a band still trying to figure itself out. Most of the songs seem to have way too many riffs crammed into them, and none of them really stand out from each other because just as you get into a hook, they’re on to something else. And while some of those riffs are definitely interesting, the band spends way too much time in generic “chugga, chugga” riff territory. Which is a shame, because I get the impression that the band is actually pretty musically capable. Vocalist Simon has a weird gasping death rasp thing going on, which you sort of get used to after the first tune, but he has a habit of delving into an awkward spoken word rant. With his heavy French accent throwing down in English, it distracts from the intended aggression of the music rather than giving it the desired emphasis.
The production is pretty slick and the packaging looks fantastic, showing a level of care in the final presentation of the product that unfortunately is lacking in music. Like I said, BEYOND INSANITY isn’t a bad first release, but it’s a release that needs some work. If the band can focus its energies and consolidate some of those riffs, they might be on to something. But who knows - they’re Beyond Insane, they’re crazier than crazy.
But seriously, the EP is available for purchase through the band's website.
1.My Way of Life
Simon – Vocals
Fox – Guitar
David – Lead Guitar
Jano – Bass, Vocals
Jeremy – Drums
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