Beyond The Mind
Vocals – Michael Centrone
Guitar – Rich Nagasawa
Bass – Anthony Cossu
Drums – George Torres
- Worthless Prosperity
Kicking off the album is this first track that begins with some shuddersome tones and arbitrary cymbal rolls to transition the song from this introduction. To the molten death metal that I know Dehumanized bring to the table. And surely at eh thirty second mark, a short and sweet guitar riff sets up the song nicely. Mikes vocals are spot on, this is death metal the way I grew up listening to it. This album is going to have the same affect that Internal Bleeding’s “Driven To Conquer” had. This is a slower pace song than some but this has all the elements you look for. From the opening riff, to the groove of the song. And not the “whatever” the fucking new slang groove means for some emo death core band out of So Cal. No I’m talking the groove, meaning you lock in to the tempo, you are head banging with everyone else in the crowd and the band. You are savoring this song and are singing along. Its catchy it’s awesome, and it’s a groove you can adhere to. If this is how the album is going to start out, I know that Dehumanized have big things in store for the listener. And looking at the rest of the track names these guys definitely have something up their sleeves.
2. P. C.C.R
This song starts out with a flowing groove made up of the chugging riff and double bass. The drums rolling right along, and guitars giving us a solid riff to get acclimated to. This goes on for about thirty seconds and then shifts tempo at the :33 mark with some blast beats. Continue on another thirty seconds and then they kick things into high gear. For me this is when the song gets rowdy, they lay into with this infectious groove. These guys hit you again and again with rock solid death metal retribution in the form of killer guitar riffs, classic death metal vocals coming from Mike, and then of course my favorite member is always the drummer. George is responsible for the sick drum beats and he doesn’t reinvent the wheel. He doesn’t get selfish with fills he plays death metal straight up and sounds great doing it.
3. Beyond The Mind
This song starts out with a short but simple introduction lasting about twenty five seconds before the vocals join in on the fun and continue before the :47 mark where the song transitions into an accelerated pace. With the beginning of the verse having a faster tempo and blast beats, where the second half of the verses are a slowed down death metal groove. This song actually satisfies the fast paced cravings as well as the slower groove filled death metal moments. This is a song that you will be head banging right along to from the first beat. This is a solid track and really the introduction was a solid beginning. Right at the : 20 second mark I was really getting into the song.
4. Black Market 2099
This song starts out with a sound clip from Total Recall and then following that a classic death metal guitar riff is played. And from the moment that riff begins you know that this song is going to kick ass. Right at the :33 second mark when vocals join in, you know there is no turning back now. This is the death metal I have been looking for. This song right here. This is a perfect representation of a band killing it. No over the top fancy frills and thrills. They do it old school. My favorite part of this song comes at the 1:35 mark. Listen to that riff, and the set up for the vocals at the 1:44 mark. If you don’t find yourself following his every word and head banging right along to the groove. I unquestionably love this stellar song, and have been listening to this album for about a month now. This is the one song that seals the deal for me. I love this album and this song is an instant classic.
5. Abyss Ambassador
Now I know what some of you are thinking, if Black market kicked so much ass, than how does Dehumanized follow up a track like that? Well they do it with Abyss Ambassador. This song will have the feeble minded shaking like a leaf by the end of it. That opening riff is another example of a perfect set up. I know in the first ten seconds of listening to this song, that it is not going to disappoint. Just for a moment listen to the groove they have going between the blast beats and the guitars. Listen to the vocals and try not to get pulled in. This song is awesome, has some killer guitar riffs, but man you can really get into the vocals, and the lyrics. This is what death metal sounds like when it’s done right.
6. One North
The song opens with a sample track from the Halloween remake with Danny Trejo’s character talking to Mike Myers. Then right around the :23 second mark the band gets things started with a slowly approaching, yet menacing rhythm and then vocals coming in. “ One North….. One North” the song cultivates a slower feel until they get to the two minute mark where they kick things into double time, picking that pace up and hitting us with killer riff after killer riff, and infectious lines. Go to the 2:24 mark where they really take things to the next level. For just shy of a minute they pull off this diabolical arrangement of heavy death metal punishment. The kind you want to raise a beer to, yell “fuck yeah” and start head banging again. This track is such a solid addition to the album.
7. The First Immortal
This song comes right out of the gate with Mike’s punishing vocals and a killer death roll from the guitars and drums. This song is great from start to finish, I must have played this track a hundred times and it satisfies my ravenous death metal cravings every time. This whole album does, but each song has its own little distinguishable moment in making this album an instant classic among death metal fans. Not to mention this song is less than three minutes long, the guys have packed so much into this song, there is zero fluff factor. They are blunt, straight to the point, and sacrifice nothing at all in order to make this song hit you where they want it to.
8. Last Words
This song starts out with drums and bass just doing their thing for about eight seconds until the guitar fades in and then vocals join in. With a tempo of around 130 BPM it’s not a rapid fast blistering speed song. It’s a solid and steady death metal track, just listen to the bass in the beginning. This song starts out with so much stability that it has a more brutal attack. I mean just adding the bell around the : 35 second mark add emphasis on the beat. I love the simplicity of this track, it holds down that well recognized death metal sound. When listening to this song right when you get to the 3:05 mark they hit you with these blast beats and a cool riff that amps you up. There is no enigma, or mystery behind this song, they made a killer, solid, simple and effective song that please the ears.
9. Drawn By Blood
They don’t waste any time getting the ball rolling here. From the moment the song begins you have been pummeled with a chugging guitar riff, and battered by the drums for a few bars. The drums begin to progress tactfully, before the tempo increases slightly, but man the vocals on this song are great. Guest vocal spot on this track really adds dimensionality to the vocals. Right around the :37 mark you can hear the guest vocals come in, and then around :50 they start trading bars with Mike. I love way they slow things down to take you out and pummel you relentlessly at the 3:27 mark. Then they end up coming out of that but admittedly only for a short period of time and then go back in to the low and slow audio beat down of the listener. With less than thirty seconds left of the song they escalate that tempo right back up with some menacing riffs and blast beats to finish it off.
Love the drum roll out to start the song, and then the melodic guitar riff comes in with another drum roll fill. When the first verse begins, I gotta say I really dig this song, it’s not my favorite but it has so much to offer, just like all the rest of the songs on this album. The song is so damn catchy, just listen until you get to the 1:41 mark and you see them pick the tempo up and the intensity. But just like most of the other songs, when you get to a point in a song that you are impressed by. They hit you with another element within the same song that makes you appreciate the song more and more, and then you just find that you keep spinning this album more and more.
This album right here, is the album that everyone needs to check out. If you say you like death metal, than this is what you need to listen to, because these guys nail it. Probably the most underrated death metal band, but this album should change that. Beyond the Mind is an example of death metal done right. I have been listening to this album for a month and I cannot get enough of it. They hit it out of the park with Beyond The Mind. Tracks I personally recommend is Black Market 2099, Abyss Ambassador, and The First Immortal. If you want to listen to a few songs to gauge the album. These three tracks are solid, and the ones I have played the most. This album is a must have for anyone who calls themselves a fan of death metal. I love it, and this album has only made me enjoy Dehumanized more, and made me become more of a fan of their music. Dehumanized made this an instant classic in my opinion. This album is absolutely no fluff, straight up death metal, no Bullshit.
They earn a 10/10 \m/ and I stand by that. This is one of the most underrated death metal bands out there. This album is hit after hit a solid album that continues to grow on you the more you listen to it. They put a lot into this album, and I am confident enough to say that “Beyond the Mind” should be on your playlist. The sound quality is great, the song writing is on point, and I was never bored listening to this, if anything I got amped up and have no plans on taking this out of rotation for the rest of 2016 For fans of Internal Bleeding, Suffocation, Pyrexia, Skinless, and Dying Fetus.
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