Review Summary: Yes, Beyond The Final Hour is only three songs long, but all three songs on display are great.
The Earth Bleeds is a two man metal project, hailing from merry ol' England. Taking influences from many various metal sub-genres, such as melodic death metal, thrash metal, and even power metal, The Earth Bleeds have managed to create their own, unique metal sound. The trademarks for The Earth Bleeds' sound are uplifting keyboard melodies, driving guitars, lots of double bass drumming, and raspy, angry vocals. The Earth Bleeds have yet to release a full length album, Beyond Your Final Hour being their second demo. Currently they are working on a new EP, but after that, a debut full length is expected to drop, possibly in late 2010 or early 2011.
So what makes this demo disc good? Well, for one, it is entirely original. The way the melodic guitars, uplifting keyboards and raspy, sometimes even black metal-esque vocals are mixed is quite honestly, baffling. I haven’t heard anything this varied in quite some time now. What's better, this doesn’t sound overdone at all. The only gripe I have with this sound, is that the keyboards often reach heights too cheesy and light - a dark undercurrent could give the songs a deeper edge. Other than that though, here, The Earth Bleeds have accomplished something to be proud of - they've managed to create a sound both aggressive and uplifting at the same time.
Due to its short length, Beyond Your Final Hour
has no real surprise factor, but the songs on display all work very well. The production could be a bit better, as it muffles the excellent guitars in parts, but beneath there are some really good guitar licks and driving melodies. From the well-composed, melo-heavy "Then Sacrificed" to the strict "Regeneration" to the technical semi-epic "Beyond Your Final Hour", this disc is well worth listening to time and time again, especially when coupled with The Earth Bleeds' first demo, Keepers of Values. Together, the two demos make for an enjoyable twenty minutes of music, that is worth checking out by people into metal music in general (especially considering that the members of The Earth Bleeds have put their demos up for free download).
Being a little over ten minutes long, Beyond Your Final Hour
obviously leaves the listener wanting for more, but the quality on display cannot be frowned upon. The saying "quality over quantity
" proves to be very fitting with The Earth Bleeds. With two successful demos behind their backs, these guys are worth looking out for. As for now, download the two demo discs, and hear how the (young) earth bleeds.