Beyond Creation
The Aura


4.5
superb

Review

by LoneWanderer USER (8 Reviews)
June 8th, 2011 | 182 replies | 34,818 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Astounding technical skill and top notch songwriting allows Beyond Creation to enter the technical death metal scene as formidable challengers to the giants of the genre.

16 of 17 thought this review was well written

Members:

Dominic "Forest" Lapointe - Bass
Guyot Begin-Benoit - Drums
Kévin Chartré - Guitars
Simon Girard - Vocals, Guitar


From the opening minutes of “The Aura”, Beyond Creation set out to craft an album that aims to couple unassuming technicality with a not-too melodious sound that can be seen in bands like Neuraxis and Augury. The pressing question therefore is: Do they pull it off?

For the most part,yes they do. “The Aura” features blindingly fast guitar solos, brilliantly executed bass lines and inhumanly fast drumming combined with progressive elements that give melody a fair share in the music. It can be concluded even during the first listen that the lead guitars are in good hands. Simon Girard and Kevin Chartre weave in and out of the songs almost effortlessly, deftly showcasing both speed and deliberation whenever the need for either arises.

The percussion in “The Aura” is up to the standards that the genre requires and sometimes even surpasses them. Drummer Guyot Begin-Benoit shows admirable physical talent that helps him execute the daunting drum patterns in the album along with infusing the required aggression into the music that sometimes plays a pivotal role in transforming a good song to a great one. In an album where tempo changes are as frequent as guitar solos, Begin-Benoit’s ability to ease from one speed to another is integral when it comes to maintaining the flow of the music.

As competent as the musicians of Beyond Creation are, however, if there is anybody in the lineup who is going to steal the limelight from the others, it is going to be Dominic “Forest” Lapointe. Forest’s astonishing technique in employing his 6-string guitar and the unique tone of his instrument is quite a treat to hear amidst the already above par sound of his band members. Thankfully, Forest’s bass is sometimes featured in the forefront of the music and as expected shines admirably. “Omnipresent” benefits the most from such a display of the virtuosic bass guitar.

Speaking of the bass guitar as such, the main reason it gets the credit it deserves is due to the crystal clean production that manages to make sure each and every instrument is heard cleanly in the mix. Every portion of the sound starting from the rampaging opener “No Request for The Corrupted” to the progressive eleven minute closer “The Deported” is presented smartly and clearly. The vocals of the album are pretty much the standard fare with Girard providing growls and shrieks wherever necessary. While the vocals aren’t terribly new or innovative, they don’t detract from the music.

As a technical death metal band, one of the main goals to achieve apart from creating and playing difficult pieces at terrifying speeds is avoiding redundancy. Beyond Creation manages to accomplish that in “The Aura”. No guitar riff seems outdated by any of its counterparts in any of the songs that the bass lines sound original and are well executed. The exemplary nature of the album makes it virtually impossible to pick a standout track. On the whole, “The Aura” is a stellar debut from these talented Canadians that will leave its listeners battered and bruised from the aural assault and yet masochistically craving for more.

Rating: 4.5/5.0



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LoneWanderer
June 8th 2011



180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All right then...fourth review...

I really love this album...almost as much as Coma Waering...I've been listening to this non stop for the last three days...

Criticism welcomed as always...


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2011



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh man these guys are French-Canadian?

I will check this out most def, as most of the Canadian metal bands are the real treat.

Will read the review later in the day.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

LoneWanderer
June 8th 2011



180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow...a neg already...

They should have a feature that makes it compulsory for people who neg to give a reason why they don't like the review...

Oh well..there must be something wrong with the review...I can't seem to spot it though...

DoubtGin
June 8th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

cant stand this album

KronosRage
June 8th 2011



367 Comments


I was going to review this.

This album will be in my top this year.

bloc
June 8th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Very enjoyable album

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

combustion07
June 8th 2011



5343 Comments


Awesome album

AfterTheBreakdown
June 8th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looks intense

ev0ken
June 8th 2011



586 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is my AOTY so far.

you should def get this, Breakdown.

KronosRage
June 8th 2011



367 Comments


I would like to know who the fuck negged this, review is good, and the rating is correct

AfterTheBreakdown
June 8th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will pos this. And it looks like something I would like so I'll check it out.

Scrambled
June 8th 2011



391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Love this cd. On my 6th listen all the way through and i think the 2nd and last song are my favorites. This CD blows Obscura's latest cd out of the water, it is just more fun to listen to.

In terms of the review there are a few issues, with the most notable being the behemoth of an opening sentence. The first paragraph is 2 sentences, with the first being a much longer than necessary run on. I also think the review could benefit from a little more discussion on individual songs. Perhaps take one of the paragraphs talking generally about the album out and replace with a paragraph with a couple more of your favorite songs, and why? Just a suggestion.

Regardless, pos!!!1

Ssssssss
June 8th 2011



683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

did i just hear a bass solo

MO
June 8th 2011



18267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so good

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

Essence
June 8th 2011



3578 Comments


it's okay

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2011



6942 Comments


In the eyes of this reviewer at least, yes they do. “The Aura” features blindingly fast guitar solos, brilliantly executed bass lines and inhumanly fast drumming combined with progressive elements that give melody a fair share in the music.

The 1st person stance kinda clashes with most other parts of your review. If you feel it may suit better try, 'For the most part they do.' or ' Over the course of this album Beyond Creation show us they do.'

Just a niggle though, worthy of a pos +1 here.

ButcheredChildren
June 8th 2011



5591 Comments


Great album!

The first sentence of this review runs on. I won't neg but this needs to be edited and I cannot read the rest until it has been.

randomguitarist
June 8th 2011



158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The best death metal album released in the last 5 years!

Essence
June 9th 2011



3578 Comments


fucking fuck no

LoneWanderer
June 9th 2011



180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@IpodMastery

Yeah...I didn't see that...I usually don't include the first person stance...Thanks for pointing that out...

And the first sentence is fixed too (I hope)...

Thanks for the comments people...:]



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