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   BEYOND THE EMBRACE
Insect Song
2004
Metal Blade
http://www.beyondtheembrace.com


rating: 3,5/5

1. Fleshengine Breakdown
2. Plague
3. My Fall
4. ...Of Every Strain
5. Redeemer
6. Insect Song
7. Ashes (instr.)
8. Weak And The Wounded
9. Absent
10. Within
I liked Beyond The Embrace's debut "Against The Elements" quite a bit and so I was happy I got their second album entitled "Insect Song" for review as well. When the first track "Fleshengine Breakdown" came out of the speakers I was like "what the fuck?" though. Is this death'n'roll now? Already with the second song Beyond The Embrace find back to the sound I know them for but the overall production just leaves a little of that dirty rock feeling to it.

The funny or strange thing with this band for me is that you can quite easily recognize them as Beyond The Embrace yet you can name several bands that clearly influenced them. I have to name In Flames (most of all "...Of Every Strain") and Soilwork again, also Metallica as well as a dirty and raw version of Sentenced ("Absent") here and there. All of this performed the US style plus some Maiden like twin guitar melodies (mind you, these guys have three guitarists too).... so the final result isn't totally Scandinavian sounding ;)
The band incorporates a little less acoustic passages on this album, the big exception being the instrumental "Ashes".
Singer Shawn offers various vocal styles, from a bit of clean to mostly harsh singing (in different shades) which I find pretty cool although on some clean parts I find him not too pleasant to listen to.

All in all a nice album, but somehow I was expecting a bit more.

submitted by Cora 19.06.2004

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