Location: Montreal, Canada
Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal
Released: October 24, 2014
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Upcoming Releases
By: Kris Kotlarik
Beyond Creation‘s first album was met with mixed reviews (69%) on metal-archives. Some hailed it as a masterpiece in the tech-death subgenre, while others roasted it and said it “almost completely sucks.” Admittedly, I’m not overly familiar with their first album; a glossary listen points to it being rather similar to their second effort, Earthborn Evolution.
What we have here is some Hour Of Penance vocals mixed with Gorguts bass lines, and occasional chuggity riffs that could have just as easily been written by anyone else. On the bright side, there is quite a bit of variety in these tracks, and since I specifically named Gorguts as a primary influence in their bass sound, that is going to factor in favorably in the rating. The bass shows up all over the place in pleasant doses that get your attention.
Unfortunately, the vocals, which are one of the main reasons I do not care for Hour Of Penance, also hinder my impression of this group. But what also bothers me here is the drums, which are played so in such a robotic way that it could almost be mistaken for a drum machine. I have no doubt that this group’s drummer is excellent at his craft, but I can’t get into this the way I get into other groups with massively technical drummers, such as those from Fleshgod Apocalypse or Gorguts, or Hazardeur, because the sound is significantly less dynamic here.
As for what my favorite tracks are on this album, I can’t begin to break most of them down because these ten tracks all feel like extensions of each other with minimal separation between them. Much like the drumming, the songwriting is almost completely robotic. The one track that stands out in a positive way is “Theatrical Delirium,” which shows signs of dynamic awareness and contains some ridiculous bass licks that should make any enthusiast of the instrument smile. In fact, this might be a candidate for a prospective song of the year list. But it doesn’t make up for the rest of this effort.
Overall: The better groups from this genre are capable of putting a wide dynamic range into their sound while still being “brutal.” Earthborn Evolution lacks this element.