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Beyond Description - The Robotized World

Beyond Description
The Robotized World
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 22 May 2017, 9:04 AM

BEYOND DESCRIPTION is a Thrash Metal band from Japan and they are as good any of their American or European counterparts. Japan normally isn’t really associated a whole lot with this sound but clearly they know what they are doing. One thing I really like about the album is how pure it is.  Unlike a lot of other thrash bands who tend to add other elements in their music, this band focuses on straight up balls to the walls no frills Thrash Metal.  For a genre that is supposed to be speedy, gritty, and uncompromising, I find this to be a breath of fresh air. Another highlight are the shorter songs.  Some bands or genres need longer songs but this band isn’t DREAM THEATER—the songs are just the right length and never stay longer than it would take for you to get bored.

Okahara has a great Thrash voice. Obviously it’s well known about this genre that vocals aren’t super important— most thrash singers don’t have the voice of Chuck Billy but you still need someone with some venom dripping from the vocal chords.  He has this in spades, shouting and screaming his ass off, never sounding tired.  Okahara’s voice really sounds like a mix between Tom Ayara and Milla Petrozza from KREATOR but he still has his own style. The opening track, “Return,” really sets up the whole album—if you like this song you’ll probably dig the rest.  Honda’s guitar riffs are really catchy here, as they are throughout the whole album.  He can play some really groovy riffs that flow very well from one song to the next, catching your head along the way as it builds into a giant wave of headbanging.  He has some quick, searing leads that give the music a bit of technical flavor.

On “Triumph,” he slows the riffs down, proving he isn’t a one trick pony that is all about speed. “Target” showcases his ability to provide that memorable groove sound while still keeping it fast paced.  This master of thrash guitar plays his fingers to the bone on this album but I suspect he is far more versatile than anyone knows.  “Sourmount” shows hints of this with some great melodic guitar placed between heavy licks and a really cool melodic harmony over it all.

Yoshioka and Adachi both provide an excellent thrash backbone with drums and bass, respectfully. Adachi’s bass has a great sound to it—a very heavy low buzz that sounds completely crushing even when he thins his sound out at a million miles a second.  Even when he is playing the same thing as the guitar, he still stands out with his sound.  Yoshioka is an extremely capable drummer with crisp, fast, quick skin pounding that is all over the place even as it stays focused.  His drumming on “Steerage,” especially at the end, is a great example of how you can drum your ass off like animal from the muppets but still make it coherent and fit into the song. This is a great thrash album and it’s nice to see another country other than Germany or America get the sound right.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Return
2. Triumph
3. Target
4. Chase
5. Journey
6. Sourmount
7. Awareness
8. Steerage
9. Escapist
10. Impatience
11. Castle
12. Saucer
Lineup:
Hideyuki Okahara - Vocals
Yasunari Honda  - Guitar
Yusuke Adachi  - Bass
Hiroshi Yoshioka – Drums
Record Label: Punishment 18 Records
     


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