Welcome to the New Dark Ages, Part 1
November 22, 2023
From Bandcamp, “BEYOND GRACE is cerebral, crushing, cathartic Death Metal. Drawn together by chance, circumstance, and a mutual love of all things heavy, the members may all come from different backgrounds – Prog and Jazz, Hip-Hop and Hardcore, Thrash and Classical – but the music they make together is unquestionably, and undeniably, Death Metal, even as it refuses to be limited or defined by those two words. This album is Part 1 of a three-part series of digital EPs which will then be collected as a physical album entitled "Welcome to the New Dark Ages.” It has three songs.
“The Burning Season” is first. The opening tones and tense and ominous, and the song structure suggests a new breed of Death Metal. Technical elements notwithstanding, this is also deep and complex, yet easy for the listener to assimilate. The clean vocals are a bit of surprise as well, but they work within the structure of the song. “Buyer’s Remorse” is faster and more aggressive, and the bass work is excellent…it provides a deep end of the swimming pool to explore if you will. Again, the clean vocals are a temperance against the abysmal darkness of the music.
“Misinfodemic” closes the album, and it comes out of the gate with a thick growth of sonic boom that seems to surround the listener, and bound them from the ankles up. The gutturals are cavernous and the screams beckon your ears like a dog whistle. This is just a three-song teaser for the forthcoming album, but it has me excited. They aren’t your run of the mill Death Metal band. Indeed, as described above, they incorporate a lot of different sounds into their music. Their dexterous skills are high, and I would call this a new breed of Death Metal for the decade and beyond. The sky is the limit for this band.
9 / 10
"Welcome to the New Dark Ages, Part 1" Track-listing:
1. The Burning Season
2. Buyer's Remorse
Beyond Grace Lineup:
Andy Walmsley – Vocals
Tim Yearsley – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Morley – Guitar
Ed Gorrod – Drums
Charlie Rogers – Bass