Massacre
From Beyond


4.0
excellent

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 109 replies | 11,493 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Massacre’s From Beyond is one of the most criminally overlooked death metal albums of the 90’s. Comprised of mostly re-recorded demos from Massacre’s earlier career, it contains some of the heaviest, most well composed death metal for its time. From Beyond was released in 1991 on Earache Records.

The first track on the album is Dawn of Eternity. This is one of the best tracks on the album and showcases what is Massacre. Overly distorted guitars, demonic, Deicide-ish layered vocals provided by Kam Lee, and evil background sounds such as deep laughing and willowing keys provide an atmospheric boost that most raw death metal bands lack. The intro of Chamber of Ages also has an atmospheric sense to it, which adds depth to the ensuing onslaught. This album is all out brutality, yet it has the flexibility to support melody and atmosphere without sounding forced or frankly, bull kaka.

The vocals on this album are absolutely stunning. Although layering is used somewhat, it is used sparingly enough to allow Kam Lee to utilize his gifted voice to its full potential. His lows contain the gurgle needed to sustain a heavy sounding low, yet his highs sound sharp and crisp, providing a perfect balance that every extreme vocalist dreams of. Cryptic Realms has this balance locked in and has the riffs and sound to fit the intensity of the vocals to a tee. Overall, the tempo of Cryptic Realms pretty much contains the tempo of the entire record. For the most part, From Beyond is pretty slow for a death metal album. I am personally a huge fan of slower death. Its sound is heavy and crushing. While From Beyond has its slow parts to please me, it still has its blindingly fast parts to please the fans of faster music. Corpsegrinder, originally recorded by fellow death metal pioneers, Death, has an upbeat tempo, similar to that of Morbid Angel’s Chapel Of Ghouls.

Another highlight of the album comes in the form of Defeat Remains. This track contains the strongest guitar riffs of the album, as well as drumming of high caliber, with lightning double bass and varying snare patterns. The standout quality of the song, though, I have to say would be the present melodies. They are catchy (or as catchy as you can get for a death metal song) and heavy at the same time. Crushing down beat rhythms and droning chords create an epic track. I must give credit here to Bill Andrews. While maybe not being the flashiest or most amazing drummer in the world, he fills his position behind the kit perfectly, and his drumming suits Massacre’s sound like nobody’s business.

One down side to From Beyond is the lack of presence of Terry Butler’s bass. Although it is all but missing, it isn’t exactly on the front lines of the music, save the solo he takes on Symbolic Immortality and a few other spots on the album. The only other problem, while it is somewhat serious, is the guitar tone of the album. It is much too distorted for its own good. A little less distortion would have gone along way tone wise, but I must say, it is the one of its kind.

My end ruling on Massacre’s From Beyond is that it is one fine piece of death metal history that is severely underrated inside and out of the death metal community. It might not be a total classic like Severed Survival or Deicide, it’s one solid album by one solid band.

Pro’s[+]
Classic death metal at its finest
Many great tracks
Slow, heavy sound

Con’s[-]
Guitar tone could use some vast ajustments
Bass to low in the mix

Recommended Track
Defeat Remains
Dawn Of Eternity
Biohazard




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LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


Uhh yeah?

masscows
August 10th 2007



2236 Comments


it seems dargon is having a huge influence on what you get into, lol.

Good review, might check this out.

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


Hah, I had some stuff of this album before I knew who Dargon was. It's a coincidence, but I must say, Dargon has great taste.

masscows
August 10th 2007



2236 Comments


I can't say I agree with half of the stuff he says, but he makes good points as to why he doesn't like stuff. Chances are if he likes it, it's damn good.

Although, sometimes he just calls something wiggerish and doesn't really explain why.

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


True that. If you like classic death, find this, or I can send it to ya through aim.

masscows
August 10th 2007



2236 Comments


we've gone over this

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


Remind me?

EDIT: was it you that only buys stuff? If it is, good luck finding this This Message Edited On 08.10.07

rattlehead42147
August 10th 2007



1345 Comments


dargon doesn't really have that good of taste. a lot of shit he likes sucks like blasphemer.
where ever did you get this cd hbp? where oh where haha
you did this review much better than i thought you would, not that i had low expectations or anything but this is much better than i probably could have done it, and of course this cd is excellent i have to agree with your rating.

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


Thank you man. Now get you *** on aim. I got some stuff for ya.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 10th 2007



7928 Comments


Can you guys go five minutes without telling each other to go on AIM? It's getting really annoying.

rattlehead42147
August 10th 2007



1345 Comments


when have i done it? ive asked like one time.This Message Edited On 08.10.07

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


He was talkin' to me

LifeInABox
August 10th 2007



3708 Comments


So does anyone else actually have this?

ToWhatEnd
August 11th 2007



3172 Comments


Nope, but I will say I've never seen a death metal record have a pink cover before. That's pretty neat.

LifeInABox
August 11th 2007



3708 Comments


That's the European relase. The American veriosn is blue.

Take that filthy Peans'.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 11th 2007



7928 Comments


It's not pink it's salmon.

LifeInABox
August 11th 2007



3708 Comments


Regardless, Europe got the short end of the stick artwork wise.

ToWhatEnd
August 11th 2007



3172 Comments


It's not pink it's salmon.
Regardless of what color it is, it's not black. That's a shock.

LifeInABox
August 11th 2007



3708 Comments


Anymore Massacre fans out thurr?

FatalEnergy
August 11th 2007



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Terrible guitar tone"

What the fuck are you smoking? It's a killer tone.



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