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Beyond Creation: The Aura

There's just something about brutal & technical death metal that really strikes a chord with me. I guess it's my longstanding love of complex progressive rock, jazz-fusion, as well as heavy metal in general, that makes the fusing of a lot of these different elements so appealing. And while there are certainly plenty of bands out there doing the whole 'tech-death' thing, a lot of it can sound a little 'widdly-widdly' and run of the mill, so it's nice when a group really gets it right and provokes the listener to stand up and take notice. Such is the case with Canadian act Beyond Creation and their 2011 release The Aura, which is now being issued officially on Season of Mist. If you like bands such as Decapitated, Death, Nile, The Faceless, and Decrepit Birth, then Beyond Creation are certainly going to be for you. Blazing, dizzying guitar riffs, fills, and solos, jackhammer drum blasts, and a wild mix of screams, bellows, and growls all fire off from every conceivable angle, but then all coming together to make for truly entertaining, brutal death metal tunes. "Coexistence" is just draw dropping from a shredding guitar perspective, and Simon Girard's array of vocal styles make for a truly varied extreme metal listening experience. From moments of crushing death metal heaviness, to intricate jazz-fusion passages featuring slippery guitar & bass lines, to flat out complex progressive metal, this one has it all. The band even throws in a few instrumentals here to really show you 'what they got' , and the near 11-minute "The Deported" is so impressive that, well, you just need to hear it.

Seeing as this is a few years old now, let's hope this little band from Montreal has something new for us shortly. Based on what is on display here, it should be a doozy.

Track Listing
1. No Request for the Corrupted
2. Coexistence
3. Chromatic Horizon
4. Omnipresent Perception
5. Injustice Revealed
6. Le Détenteur
7. The Aura
8. Social Disability
9. Elevation Path
10. The Deported

Added: September 27th 2013
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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