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.
1. The Reckoning
3. I Am The Voiceless