Beyond the Gates of Imagination Part 1
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Release date: 16 September, 2011
Playing time: 46:52

How can you choose such an original band name? One thing is for sure, you can't sing about love and sunshine anymore. In contrary with the name, the music has more originality. The musical base is Finish sounding technical/progressive death metal, but they add a lot of other elements to their music to make it more interesting. After a nice "Prologue" the first song "Beneath a Blackened Sky" sets off. The first things that I like are the nice keyboard parts, the good staccato riffing and the excellent guitar melodies. This music sounds rather technical and the musicians are well skilled. The songs are aggressive and the tempo is fast for the bigger part.

From the moment Jonas Reisenauer opens his throat, I become a little less excited. He uses a same kind of screaming style like the Children of Bodom front man. Personally I am not a big fan of that singing style; fortunately there are some deeper, more growling vocals every now and then too, which are better. Besides the use of organs, there are violins and folk elements to be heard in several songs. The band uses many different elements and styles, is highly skilled, is technical and accomplices it to mould folk, thrash, melodic death and power metal together without turning the songs into staggering tracks. Yes, you can call this band progressive, but the term is used so often that if you say the band plays progressive music, you haven't got a clue what to expect. Take your time to listen to the songs a few times before judging and I know for sure you will tick. 

A very strong debut and if the band develops more and refines their style, Part II will even be better.


01. Prologue

Act I Conduct
Beneath a Blackened Sky
03. Where Light and Death Unite
04. Reaper's Edict

Act II Essence
05. Servants of the Nonexistent
06. The Scourge We Wield

Act III Ambition
07. About Fangs and Feathers
08. Sway of the Stars

Label: Bret Hard Records
Distribution: Twilight
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 11 September, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/leviathanmelodicdeath