Beyond Insanity
Beyond Insanity
Style: Death Metal/Experimental/Hardcore
Release date: Summer 2009

French five-piece band Beyond Insanity borrows the technicality of Meshuggah, the brutality of Gojira, and the modern metal sound of Slipknot.

A journey of instability is created on their self-titled EP, a concept album about notorious serial killer Ed Gein. The subject matter matches the band's dark, schizophrenic pace. A full-length album is in the works and will be produced by well-known metal knob-twirler Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Sick of it All, Mnemic, Hatesphere).

The five-song EP is a mix of harsh, agonizing screams, chugging riffs and tight musicianship. There's plenty of hypnotic melodies, complex rhythms and squealing guitar solos, which, at the most part, go perfectly with their precision-pummeling drumming. The vocals move from a deathy rasp to an almost spoken, clean swagger, akin to Slipknot, but not as consolidated. It does give a variation to the music, but it's not as strong as the harsh growls. Their English pronunciation is not so great on the cleaner parts, which also seem to be out of place with the rest of the music. These two factors are probably their only downfall. The production is clear and precise and the artwork and packaging is pretty professional for an EP.

This is a mature sounding-yet-novice band that could be on to something and may just stick around for a while, If they can condense their mix of death metal/metalcore/hardcore/experimental sound into one solid direction.

01. My Way Of Life
02. Psycho(Path)etic
03. Sorry
04. Gone
05. Skin Cemetary
Label: Independent
Buy it: Here
Reviewed by: Kelley Simms
Date: April 8th 2010
Website: Beyond Insanity @ MySpace