01. Luoto 02. New Dynamic 03. In The Rim 04. Nightwalkers 05. Formidable 06. The Sonic Sign 07. Who Could Say 08. The Unknowing 09. Living In Me 10. White Palace 11. Subdivisions [Rush cover][Digital bonus]
Now before you all think, "Oh god, not another melodeath fan who thinks that every new melodeath record is the greatest one there ever was and will be... much like the city of Qarth" I ask that you all hear me out as I truly believe that this album is exceptional and enough time has passed that, if I once was, I am no longer caught up in the hype that typically follows the release of every melodeath album.
I've been listening to Omnium Gatherum for a while and I like their stuff. Surely there's enough energy in their music to keep you going and the band seem to know what they're doing with their music, but let's face it; they're missing something, besides originality of course.
Beyond follows the same formula as New World Shadows and it certainly seems compelling for the ears, but terrible for the brain. The inconsistency is far too great for the musicianship or the performance to maintain a proper balance. The album has some decent moments and the catchy melodies are brilliant and dynamic but in the end, they all sound bland and uninspiring. What you're left with is a bunch of good songs with little to offer and a couple of fillers by the time you reach the hour mark. Even the bonus track "Subdivisions" comes out as a song that's a little hard to digest, although it could've made Rush proud.
When it comes to Nightwalkers at least, it's my favourite song on the album. White Palace is a lot moodier, goes as far as reminding me of Enslaved's latest. Still very good though.
A lot more people will probably share your opinion..... I like OG straight-forward stuff more than the slow and drawn out songs. I find myself forgetting I'm even listening to music and when the song ends i realize i didnt even really hear it :/
I've listened to the crap quality leak enough to realise that my favourite track's 'Formidable' but 'Nightwalkers' is up there with it. 'White Palace' takes a bit to get going but when it does at about the halfway stage it's absolutely majestic.
How is this even possible? I gave their previous album a perfect 10 because, despite it's "simpleness" that many people bash this band for, I really, REALLY dig the atmosphere of that album. It was my first encouter with this band, and I never expected that they'd be able to top that album with this new one! I went to bed to read a bit and put this album in the CD player. I couldn't focus on my book, because the music kept sucking me in... I was blown away.
If I could, I'd give this masterpiece a 12. But I can't. So they'll have to make do with another perfect 10.