Power of Metal.dk Review

The Sanity Days
Evil Beyond Belief
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 23 February, 2015
Playing time: 64:00

Does the name Steve Grimmet ring a bell? No, maybe if I add some other names like drummer Steve Grice, guitarist Alan Jordan and bass player Jase Stallard, yes indeed they all have an Onslaught background. I expected old school thrash, but besides some passages and riffs, it sure isn't thrash, more mid tempo heavy metal with a lot of melody.

After a spoken intro, the opener "Charlie" sounds rather interesting, it has a big Iced Earth resemblance, but it still can't really impress me. After that I have listened to all the other songs several times, but I can't find anything that really sticks. The singing of Steve, especially in the track "Evil Beyond Belief", makes me think of DIO at times and also some slower parts have Dio elements in them. Nevertheless it gets boring after a while because of the song length.

There sure are some good ideas and the production is good, but in general the songs are too long to stay interesting and there are too many slow tracks. Some melodic pieces have a kind of Queensryche influence and some riffs make me think of the band Megadeth, but the songs are just not strong enough and like I already said, all 2 or 3 minutes too long.

An album with a lot of good ideas, but with songs not strong enough to make a difference. A little disappointing if you look at the line-up, a missed opportunity.

01. Genesis
Satan's Blood
My Last Words
Evil Beyond Belief
Ruler of Eternity
My Demon Mind
Broken Wings
09. Closer to the Edge
10. Firestorm
Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Music
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 21 February, 2015
Website: www.thesanitydays.com