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Beyond The Gates
July 2004
Released: 2004, Noise
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Despite what Mr. Cans would have you think, this really isn’t all that different than his work with Hammerfall. Sure there are subtle differences that the well-versed powermetal/Hammerfall fan will pick out but the basis is the same, classic metal.

Cans has hired the best and works with the best. Producer, Bauerfield, co-writers Chastain, Waters, and a host of guest starts this really is an amalgamation of an enormous amount of metal talent. His first foray into the solo world is amazingly top-notch in terms of presentation and production and I really never expected anything less. It certainly look like a solo album with eight photos of Joacim and lyrics are included as well.

Musically is where this looses marks for me. Sure the songs are darker and (slightly) heavier than most Hammerfall tunes but I couldn’t shake the feeling that these were…not so much a burning desire by Cans to express himself musically but more a bunch of leftovers rejected from Hammerfall. That may be unfair but truly any one of these songs could fit on a disc by his main band. Don’t get me wrong, any good power metal CD with good drums, lots of guitars and great vocals is always welcome but how necessary is another. ‘Garden of Evil’ stands as my favorite cut.

A good record (but not great) and far from stunning. Considering the caliber of talent in this project I expected more.
Track Listing

1. Fields of Yesterday
2. Soul Collector
3. Red Light
4. Back to Hell
5. Beyond The Gates
6. The Key
7. Garden of Evil
8. Merciless
9. Silent Cries
10. Dreams
11. Signs
Forever Ends


Joacim Cans-vocals
Mike Chlasiak-guitar
Stefan Elmgren-guitar
Mat Sinner-bass
Mark Zonder-drums
Daniele Soravia



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