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Beyond the Flesh – What the Mind Perceives

Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Format: CD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


Beyond the Flesh come from Metal Asylum’s home state of New Jersey and for this young four piece they really have a lot of talent and musical ability at such an early age. Musically it’s melodic Death Metal in the vein of Carcass and the “Heartwork” album. Vocals are wicked and mixed at times with the occasional bark. The music surrounding the voice is equally extreme. Blast beats and fills are mixed in with thrash rhythms and keep the arrangements varied preventing repetition. Also with the time changes the music usually changes direction frequently. I would say they are a progressive Death Metal band.

 

Guitar riffs are separated well between vocalist/guitarist Justin Leary and Rick Flanegan with the two occasionally coming together for parts of harmonies. Aside from the Carcass influence I also hear Cancer, Death and Cannibal Corpse (example would be in ‘The Sick’) in the choice in both arrangements and switch off on vocal. They even have some of grindcore sound a bit on that one. ‘Wasteland’ starts off with acoustic guitars adding a nice dynamic, though I would have like to see the track maybe use a little more of it in the meat of the song. Still its an interesting one, the music is all over the place.

Beyond the Flesh definitely are onto something with their brand of New Jersey ground caustic music. I can almost smell the NJ Turnpike air in the music as I drive over the bridges on the way to New York.

 
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