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Beecher - This Elegy, His Autopsy (CD)

This Elegy, His Autopsy
by Grigoris Chronis at 27 September 2005, 12:04 PM

Whether you love or hate this band / love or hate noise / love or hate Earache and its artists, I'm thrilled that this album will also - apart from the mainstream CD format - be released in the form of 5x7 vinyl singles box set. I love that kind of inspiration! Still, it's the music that matters the most, so let's move 'in'.
Manchester Metalcore/Noise drifters Beecher breathe life (or blast) for five years now. Initially jamming as a non-vocals outfit, frontman Ed Godby joined the lunatics club in 2001 and the Resention Is A Big Word In A Small Town debut EP saw the light of day one year later. The debut album, Breaking The Fourth Wall was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge) and was released in July 2003 by Calculated Risk Records (great name). Signing to THE Earache label (one of the most weird record labels ever) Breaking The Fourth Wall was re-released in 2004 with a bonus set of six BBC Radio One Rock Show Session tracks (August 2003) and a remix of Dead For Weeks by Jansky Noise. The next step brings us to 2005 and…
This Elegy, His Autopsy, produced by Kurt Ballou in April/May 2005 and mixed By Matt Ellard, shows - even if it's not that imminent - signs of maturity. Of course, the screams and the pain and the noise and all this eerie stuff are once again here. But, speaking in open terms, everything seems to be more in place, in order I should better say. It seems there's more conscious melody in parts and a rather more sparking interest for catchy refrains. Blast beats changing over with Core tempos and all these accompanied by a 'thrashy' maniac guitar work. Not anything promising, but not bad.
I cannot comment on Godby's vocals since this kinda performance gets on my nerves and I definitely won't be anything close to realistic. Pardon me…
All this Earache stuff seems to get the upper hand in England and other U.K.-like countries. Beecher seems to be 'in the flesh' but it's a matter of approval if they'll make it further on. Mixing Noise with Hardcore and extreme Metal is not that bizarre anymore and I'd like to see whether the mix of songs like e.g. I Won't Miss, Or Be Missed and The Womanizer And The Alcoholic will find vivid followers.

3 Star Rating

Its Good Weather For Black Leather
Function! Function!
The Womanizer And The Alcoholic
Knight The Arsonist
Not Guilty
And On The Day That He Became A Human Plumb-line
Psycho Galvanic Skin Response
Man The Traps
Brown Eyes (No Name)
The Biting Cold
I Won't Miss, Or Be Missed
Reach Up To The Gods
Mark Lyons - Guitar
Danny Jones - Drums
Edward Godby - Vocals
Daniel Shaw - Guitar
David Hopkinson - Bass
Record Label: Earache Records


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