Beyond Creation
Earthborn Evolution


4.0
excellent

Review

by XfingTheSullen USER (54 Reviews)
October 29th, 2014 | 67 replies


Release Date: 10/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mes félicitations, messieurs.

Among the new wave of North American tech death, the sensational Québecois outfit Beyond Creation has definitely stood out since day one - not only was their debut The Aura almost universally acclaimed, but their fanbase expanded meteorically to an extent almost unheard of with bands playing such a radio-unfriendly genre. And for good reason - while the album was quite uniform in style and relied heavily on minor chords and progressions, the execution was just good enough to make it a great listen.

And now they're back with their sophomore effort, Earthborn Evolution, managing to address the uniformity complaint, for one thing. This time around more melodic styles and progressions were experimented with, while song structures were made simpler and more predictable, which resulted in a considerable shift towards melodic death metal (though not quite to the extent of Obscura, to whom Beyond Creation has been compared on more than one occasion). The chaotic meter and tempo shifts of The Aura have given way to a more concentrated approach to songwriting, creating songs that are easier to digest but every bit as, if nor more enjoyable than those from the debut. Probably the best example of this focused approach is the fantastic title track, Earthborn Evolution, basically written around two riffs, though full of tasteful transitions, subtlety, attention to detail and artfulness. The go-to instrumental track, Abstrait Dialog is quite unlike The Aura's Chromatic Horizon, being much more mellow and diverse, shifting between moods like teenage pop stars with histrionic personality disorder shift between outfits. The sentiment can be extended to the entire album - Beyond Creation have this time around gotten in touch with their non-metal influences considerably more than last time, making the album a fruitful exercise in subtlety - the jazzy ending section of Theatrical Delirium, for one thing, can be taken as palpable proof of that.

As for probably the biggest point of interest - the bass - Mr. Lapointe does not disappoint in the slightest this time either. Better even, special care was taken with the production this time around so that the bass is perfectly audible, but not overbearing - a great highlight of his bass work is the track L'exorde, he really goes crazy there. To be fair though, such moments of unrestrained bass wankery are relatively sparse throughout this album compared to The Aura, for the good or the bad, it's your call. It does equalize the contribution from all the players and makes the songs feel more like a team effort, though. Another slight point of interest: Simon Girard's inhaled vocals have been all but cut - though I hate pig squeals with a passion, his enunciated inhales actually contributed quite considerably to the vocal diversity in a good way, so this is a bit of a loss. Beyond Creation is not a vocal-oriented band by any means, though, so this flaw is relatively minor.

What is slightly less minor in my opinion, is the lack of that one long, amazing track that The Aura had in its closer, The Deported. While this album's Fundamental Process is a great song in its own right, it lacks that powerful, extended outro with tension buildups and releases to make a powerful closing statement for the album. This time around things are rather stagnant towards the end instead, though the final bits are quite satisfying.

Overall, fans of The Aura should not be by any means disappointed. This album is of comparable quality in all respects, even better in some, and should be treated as a continuation - there are even lyrical cross-references to the debut to remind you of that. Beyond Creation are as strong as ever and it doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon. Mes félicitations, messieurs.



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XfingTheSullen
October 29th 2014


4368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not as overbearing as on The Aura

YoYoMancuso
October 29th 2014


12742 Comments


Worse than holes in socks

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, I need to check this out.



Kinda hard for me to be in the mood for a lot of tech death these days though. Beyond Creation is top tier but even top tier tech death has the potential to batter me a bit too much so I have to be in the mood. Fallujah's latest was the last record that didn't leave me hesitant, but I'll get to this soon enough

XfingTheSullen
October 29th 2014


4368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's much more mellow and melodic than your typical tech death. Kinda similar to Fallujah in that regard. Easy to get in the mood for this stuff.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds cool. Might jam it today

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol ill take overbearing bass any day if bands will stop having nonexistent bass

Tyrael
October 29th 2014


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not quite as good as The Aura but god damn is this band talented

Veldin
October 29th 2014


3804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think the bass is pleasant. Excellent review, sir. Pos'd

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah bass is sweet

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2014


9386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So many 'mehs' to give.

XfingTheSullen
October 29th 2014


4368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

NocteDominum 2'ing good albums. Damn are you making a habit out of that.

bloc
October 29th 2014


54732 Comments


It does sound like they pushed the bass up in front on this. I can def hear how that would annoy some people. I liked this album though, very impressive.

Digging: Way Out West - Intensify

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2014


9386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I only 2 good albums when they're not good. Promise.

emester
October 30th 2014


8251 Comments


oodles of noodles bass

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fucking hell the bass in the outro to the title track is fantastic. Right at the end it gets oddly melodic and then you can hear some delay in the last note that is just amazing

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2014


2589 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album, and for me on par with the band's debut. I noticed here how much more melodic the songs tend to be, particularly "Elusive Reverence" and the last two songs, which doesn't necessarily always work to the band's advantage but does add another layer of interest to the sound in general. The bass work is more audible and reminds me mostly of the tone on Opeth's "Morningrise" album (don't ask why), but this way I feel like it's a more natural instrumental performance as a result. Highlights for me would be the first two songs, and the last two, pretty much.

Digging: Acathexis - Acathexis

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is sweet. Much easier to listen to that I thought it would be. Pretty much on par with their last

record to me.

LilLioness
October 31st 2014


2994 Comments


The album art for this is fantastic. Too bad it isn't my kind of thing.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2014


10522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's something oddly similar between the two album's artwork. They both have a fuck ton of big spire like things

XfingTheSullen
November 1st 2014


4368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The second one looks like it was made by Par Oloffson, he likes using those sleek, shiny organic shapes and all. He made the cover art for Planetary Duality among many others. he also makes covers for Abysmal Dawn, Aversions Crown, Miseration etc. A Giger inspiration is apparent in all his work.



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