Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit

8.7 | 64 votes |
Release date: 20 January 2012
Style: Progressive metal, Progressive rock, Symphonic metal


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10 want it

01. The Call
02. The Apparition
03. Triumph Of Irreality
04. The Spring Of It All
05. World Of Wonders
06. The Primal Demand
07. Doorway To Salvation
08. The Struggle
09. The Difference Is Human
10. Where The Earth And Sky Meet
11. All A Man Can Do
12. All A Man Can Do [Orchestral version] [Japanese bonus]

Additional info
Release dates:
January 18, 2012 (Japan)
January 20, 2012 (Europe)
January 24, 2012 (North America)

Staff review by
In loving memory of Simon Oberender

Even though Beyond The Bridge's debut has been out since the beginning of the year, I didn't check it out until this month. The thing is, while all reports on The Old Man And The Spirit promised a proggasm, the words such as "epic" and "ambitious" popped up in every single one and that was a bit off-putting. Mr. Epic and I have had nothing but bitter arguments for a long while because I can't put up with his tediousness anymore. Now he puts salt in my coffee when I'm not looking, and I only make my side of the bed. I was too leery to approach him again.

published 28.09.2012 | Comments (12)

A proper recommendation of conceptual prog rock/metal is in order. A début album years in the making, beautiful and technically complex melodies, orchestrations, male and female vocals, often layered and following different leads, excellent musicianship - this is Beyond The Bridge. If you want a reference, bit of Haken's Visions might give you some footing you seek, though, don't build your expectations on that.

Hear a sample here, or a full track "The Apparition" at the homepage here.

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17.04.2012 - 03:49
Rating: 10
Great album... I am totally surprised ;o
"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost..."
19.04.2012 - 06:37
Rating: 10
I like this album, very good music... Surprise of the year... yeah
12.09.2012 - 18:49
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God fucking damn it. All A Man Can Do is one of the best songs I've heard this year.
15.09.2012 - 20:54
Rating: 9
22.11.2012 - 22:03
Rating: 9
Shadow King
This album is awesome, it's sad that their keyboardist died though. I love his melodies here.

This is Album of the Year for me. Everything about this album is so heartfelt and passionate. The fact that Simon died has nothing to do with why I think this is the best album of 2012, though it does add some extra weight regardless. RIP
...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
08.11.2013 - 12:29
Rating: 10
Wow. Unbelievable.
Follow your heart, not trends.
29.05.2014 - 04:08
Rating: 9
The Warchief
Very nice!
23.10.2015 - 01:03
Rating: 9
8.55 & 58 votes...where's this album in the 2012's best albums?
18.12.2016 - 15:16
Rating: 9
Wow, beautiful record!
"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)

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