behind Beyond Fear is none other than former Judas Priest and current
Iced Earth vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens first solo-album.
Putting together a band to showcase his own material, Beyond Fear comes
across as a very strong unit. The band is made up by: John Comprix (lead
guitar), Dwayne Bihary (rhythm guitar), Dennis Hayes (bass) and Eric
Elkins (drums). Some of you might recognize Dennis Hayes from Tim Owens'
very first band Winer's Bane.
the word GO! you are served with powerful and timeless heavy metal,
opener "Scream Machine" is by far my favorite track on the
album, a fast and furious smasher, that reminds me quite some of the
mighty first album from Grip Inc. just better with Tim
"Ripper" Owens' vocals coming screaming at you!
highlights include: "Save Me" - a cool hard pounding thrasher,
"Dreams come True" - a great semi-ballad where Tim's full
vocal range really shines and "Telling Lies" - another fast
and powerful song. Sadly some of rest of the songs lack the certain
something - you could call it magic that would have elevated this album
to higher levels. That said, this is still the best vocal performance
from Tim "Ripper" Owens ever, and that alone sets this album
apart from most of the competition.