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Beyond Redemption: The Reckoning

From the mighty metal proving grounds of Kidderminster, Midlands UK comes the five piece unit called Beyond Redemption. Their self released three song EP entitled The Reckoning is one of the most ambitious efforts of its kind. It will not be long before they capture the ear of someone that will launch these guys into heavy metal stardom.

Many bands throw two guitars and a growling lead singer together and think that is all there is to becoming rock stars. There is something else that is needed to make this formula work and that is talent. Beyond Redemption has this in abundance. While three of them are studying music it is obvious that all of the band members have more than a passing knowledge about the art.

Starting with the growling madman behind the mike Rob Smith, this band delivers a scintillating brand of metal that is without a doubt, one of the best early releases of 2009. Rob has an absolutely powerhouse clean vocal style that is only enhanced when he turns into the snarling, growling beast lurking just behind the calm exterior. On the title track "The Reckoning" he combines both styles perfectly as the soundscape created by guitarist Matt Sewell and Alex Busby are frightening in the fact that this is just a pair of punk kids with the musical wherewithal to perform with such a dynamic presence. The almost seven minutes of this song are as potent a mixture as you will come across in the world of metal. This one just rocks you to the bone and you will be saying; how can they top this by the end of the song and they will be hard pressed to do so!

With the hard pounding rhythm section of Josh Oliver (Budgie) on bass and Matt Davis (Bev) on drums, Beyond Redemption gives you a brutal and malicious thrashing with the aptly titled "Malicious". The shortest song on here is also the harshest beating that the boys can give you. With a serious attempt to do great bodily harm, the band simply lays all to waste in front of them with this dynamite bit of death metal magic.

To end the EP, the guys from across the pond make sure that you will want more with a totally mesmerizing song called "I Am The Voiceless". Here they give you a very melodic bit of death metal where the guitar line will enthrall you while Rob's use of clean and growling vocals are fascinating to say the least. To top it off there is a truly amazing guitar solo that will suck the last bits of air left inside of you. It might be a good thing that this EP is only 3 songs long as any more and you might have a serious need for oxygen. Keep an eye out for these guys, there ARE what it is all about.

Track listing:

1. The Reckoning
2. Malicious
3. I Am The Voiceless

Added: March 30th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Score:
Related Link: Band's Myspace Page
Hits: 934
Language: english

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Beyond Redemption: The Reckoning
Posted by Rhythm Works Drum School on 2009-04-06 13:02:36
My Score:

After reading this review i have to admit that i believe it to be either bias or a very narrow minded view of metal. They have no similarity whatsoever to the melodic death metal sub-genre and resemble nu-metal a lot more.

This appears to be another case of 16-18 year old "musicians" following the Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine fad. I believe they are good at what they do, however i think they would get a lot further as a band if they replaced their current drummer and had a player that was more consistant and tight, and with the ability to hold a beat for longer than 8 bars without slipping out of time quite noticably.

I formed this opinion after watching their live videos, and in their EP ive noticed that even though it was quantised well you can still hear parts that couldnt be quantised because of how out of time certain members' playing is.

In conclusion, i'm not trying to put this band down, but there are many more inventive bands in the world of underground metal which i believe deserve could get a lot more recognition than this group, but this recognition can't be achieved if every reviewer gives a band kudos for any EP that they recieve, and i believe you should take more time to thoroughly listen to the musicianship of the band and how creative they are, and construct your criticism based more on a musical level which is clear that you have not done.

Thank you for taking time to read this comment, hope it proves of some use for future reviews.

Dean Wilson
Rhythm Works Drum Tutor




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