Released: 2013, Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The first full length release from American Punk Black Metal band The Beyond attempts to create a mixture of styles that, while on some areas actually work as a sort of throwback to bands like The Accüsed, other times the music becomes a little predictable. Guitar riffs are awesome on some songs, and vocals shift between a Black Metal high pitch scream to a Crossover Thrash style reminiscent of bands like D.R.I. and old Corrosion of Conformity. While this is so, the music sometimes falls into predictability.
“Roto- Cunt” starts things off in a Crossover Thrash style, with a lot of punk influence in both rhythm and vocals. This is one of the finer songs on the record as the mixture of styles actually manages to sound inspired. Vocals sound like the aforementioned Thrash Metal bands.
Same goes for the song “Goat Sodomizer”, which trails off into a more Black Metal style musically, yet vocals mix some high pitch Black Metal style with the Thrash Metal vocals.
Next is a cover of GG Allin’s “Cunt Sucking Cannibal”, which is a nice tribute to what appears to be one of the band’s influences, lyrics wise. After this we have the title track, in which the band incorporates the more Black Metal elements of their music, although nothing that has not been done before. Next is “Attack of the Zombie Brigade”, which although again goes for the Black Metal blasting heard on the previous track, the vocals are now more Thrash Metal inspired.
“The Splatterhouse Maniacs” is pretty much more of the same as the previous track.
The next track is a punkish number called “Necro Overload”, which at least works in diversifying the style of the album a little bit.
Finally, the last track, “Exterminate Humanity” which is a slower track than the rest of the album that features some double pedal work on the drums, and the vocals are in a more Death Metal style of low growls. The song starts off good, but it gets a little tiresome as it remains within the same tempo for the rest of the song.
This record can be summarized as beginning with three awesome original tracks and a nice cover song, among a bunch of songs that could have been worked on a little bit more, to avoid the repetition that occurs during the middle of the record.
Review by Titus Isaac López