Beyond Grace's "Welcome to the New Dark Ages" EP - A Glimpse into Progressive Death Metal Mastery
By Stephen Cummings (BeardBo & GH/UK)
Beyond Grace's upcoming EP, "Welcome to the New Dark Ages," serves as a tantalizing prelude to what promises to be a groundbreaking full album release in 2024. Part one of this trilogy, set to drop on November 24th, showcases the band's evolution and prowess within the progressive death metal genre.
The EP kicks off with "The Burning Season," a relentless sonic assault that slaps you right in the chops from the get-go. The track is a testament to Beyond Grace's ability to seamlessly blend technical precision with visceral aggression. The ferocious energy is palpable, setting the stage for a journey into the depths of the new dark ages.
"Buyers Remorse," the second offering, introduces a more pronounced groove metal influence while retaining the band's signature intensity. The juxtaposition of intricate rhythms and punishing riffs showcases Beyond Grace's versatility, proving they can seamlessly navigate the diverse landscapes of metal.
As the EP unfolds, "Misinfodemic" emerges as a standout track, delivering a sonic maelstrom that can only be described as pure filth at its finest. The relentless barrage of blast beats, crushing guitars, and guttural vocals create an immersive experience that envelops the listener in a dark, chaotic embrace.
The unexpected inclusion of a cover song in the form of Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood" adds a surprising twist to the EP. Beyond Grace's interpretation of the classic track demonstrates their ability to re-imagine and infuse their unique sonic identity into diverse musical landscapes. It's a bold move that showcases the band's willingness to push boundaries and explore new territories within their sound.
Overall, "Welcome to the New Dark Ages" sets a high standard for the remaining parts of the trilogy and the subsequent full album release in 2024. Beyond Grace's ability to marry technical prowess with unbridled aggression is on full display, creating an EP that not only pays homage to the roots of progressive death metal but also propels the genre into uncharted territories. This is a must-listen for fans of the genre and anyone seeking an adrenaline-fueled sonic journey into the abyss.