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Besieged - Victims Beyond All Help

Victims Beyond All Help
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 11 July 2013, 11:40 AM

They are crawling into my veins, sharpening their axes, energizing my spirit, spread their sacrosanctity of pure Metallic tang, make me want to break things as they assimilate me into their own. This what I call a true sensation, exhilaration as if the entire world is in the palm of your hand and can just squash it as you may seem fit. As an old school fan, don’t worry I am still open to many things that are modern and fresh, I couldn’t let his album slip out of my reach. When I checked out that Ed Repka artwork, I knew that there is a mischief I haven’t checked yet, and also made by a pack of flesh biting Canadians. Asserting the reign of blood, 80s Thrash / Speed with Death Metal instigations, I metaphorically welcomed BESIEGED for a drink on me. Setting free an old vehement atrocity upon their listeners, BESIEGED infuriate with the golden eras of SLAYER, late 80s SEPULTURA, EXHORDER, DARK ANGEL, and late 80s MEGADETH resulting with the birth of “Victims Beyond All Help”. Three years after its independent release, Unspeakable Axe, a sub label of Dark Descent Records, certified this band’s spawn, and boy it was worth it.

Expect nothing meticulous, over the ordinary expectations out of their music, and not improvised proceedings. BESIEGED is one of the variety of means to neck break, punch face, causing pain and suffering, jolting and speeding the life out of every soul. Retaining the early days of the late 80s, back when Thrash Metal began servicing its deadly little brother Death Metal on its first steps. “Victims Beyond All Help” is a constant angry machine, unravelling ounces of hate, but as it may seem, at least for me, heavily addictive that with its uncultivated nature, kept me serene and satisfied. One of the first things that bumped into my head was the album’s vintage sound, raw cutting edge saw that resembled early classics that admire so much, even nowadays when there are so many bands and projects. As it is said, that was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. Furthermore, the band’s music, after tuning to the opening killing mechanism regarded as “Internal Suffering”, I knew that the rest is about to become all hell is breaking loose. It did, and I didn’t flinch, I embraced it and savored its attitude and demeanor. BESIEGED didn’t overwhelm with their riffing or fast paced mayhemic rhythms, as those have been laid out by so many, hitherto their abilities to forge creative and compelling with those suffocated inflammations of the past are uncanny. The lead guitar showcases, weren’t of the highest order, yet enough to avail the needs of a rhythm guitar fan. Probably their foremost issue is the lack of diversity when it comes to the speedy drumming on each song, but that seemed too suitable for their material. At least at times, like on the final Death echo of “Black”, BESIEGED switched to low gears for several portions of the road, letting the riff based track to flow heavily, consisting of well written riffs right until the end. Nonetheless, who said anything about me suffering for the song’s ample speed deliveries?

So there is else to be said? BESIEGED provided a journey through memory lane, where the toughest and meanest of the old gods were young and overwhelmed with high octane vitalities. You should bear witness to the destruction and utter ferocity of “Buried Alive”, “Death” and “Victims beyond All Help” other than the previous clincher I mentioned. Nothing here is original, nor I presume that it will ever be, it is a good tribute with overpowered guitaring, smash mouth speeding and a sheer raging brutality.    

4 Star Rating

1. Internal Suffering
2. Death
3. Buried Alive
4. The End
5. Victims beyond All Help
6. Trapped Inside
7. Black
Nolan Smit – Vocals / Guitars
Jordan Rubel – Guitars
Nick Tober – Bass
Tristan Smit - Drums
Record Label: Unspeakable Axe


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