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Beyond Fear


Beyond Fear

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Genre: [Dark Eerie Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

"Scream Machine... it will bore inside your head, Scream Machine... you will fear its power"... oh yeah, one can't give a listen to Tim Ripper Owens' new group "Beyond Fear" without a smirk. As well it might, Beyond Fear plays dark power metal with strong Priest influences. Owens' high-pitched shrieks are just great, and the music is really powerful yet groovy too. I still remember the day when I listened to Priest's Demolition album, which introduced me to Ripper Owens' work (one just can't forget that "Metal Messiah" tune ;). Anyway, wherever Ripper has appeared, whether it's the new Iced Earth album or Judas Priest record, he has always managed to crown the material. This is the case with his new project Beyond Fear as well.

The album is simply self-titled, and thematically deals with "classic" power metal subjects (for example, the first track is about a mechanical metal beast). I any event, this record showcases sheer power, and should find its way to every power metal listener's record collection. Despite the amusing lyrics, Beyond Fear is a really respectable musical statement. As a whole, the material on this album is rather steady in terms of quality, although some songs are lucidly better. For example, the intro riff of "I Don't Need This" reminds me of Psychotic Waltz each time I hear it (great job guys).

Quite surprisingly Owens himself composed half of the tracks on this album, and what's even more is that he has progressed as a singer as well. Nowadays he has gained more bottom-end to his vocals, which gives the material even more "balls". Production-wise this record has been carried out rather well. All in all, Beyond Fear is a great addition to the plethora of power metal groups, and without a doubt worth checking out.

Release date: May 5th, 2006 (Germany), May 8th, 2006 (EU) and May 9th, 2006 (USA)

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- MAGE (May 2nd, 2006)


Owens, Tim "Ripper": All Vocals
Comprix, John: Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Bihary, Dwane: Rhythm Guitar
Hayes, Dennis: Bass
Elkins, Eric: Drums
Producer: Morris, Jim
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Beyond Fear
 - Beyond Fear  CD  Cover Image
01. Scream Machine
02. And... You Will Die
03. Save Me
04. The Human Race
05. Coming at You
06. Dreams Come True
07. Telling Lies
08. I Don't Need This
09. Words of Wisdom
10. My Last Words
11. Your Time Has Come
12. The Faith

Length: 47:19
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