Beyond Creation
Algorythm


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (288 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2018 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal by numbers.

For most, the world of progressive death metal comes with a notion of self-indulgence. Endless bass solos and presumptions of Opeth-ian grandeur have led to a frenzied increasing of mindless noodling, over-blown musicianship as well as decreased songwriting. It begs the question of what a band has to do to stay relevant within their scene, without sacrificing in the areas mentioned above.

The fully-formed technicality that drives Beyond Creation has (for the most part) pushed through the misgivings found within the genre. The introspective nature found on the band’s last few records have evolved past the technical wank-fests plaguing modern technical death metal and their jazzier output allows room for Beyond Creation’s brand of technical death to breathe. The band’s newest offering, Algorythm not only bridges the gaps between the group’s previous records in Earthborn Evolution where simpler progression met with a melodic focus and the debut, The Aura which overly ambitious musicianship repressed the potential quality that Beyond Creation possess. Thankfully, Algorythm begins to address the issues in between both releases and showcases a band building on its very foundations, encapsulating the very momentum at hand.

Sweeping statements aside, Algorythm is a technically sound showcase of modern progressive death metal, but kicks off in a predictable fashion. “Disenthrall” is the typical symphonic build into monolithism. “Entre Suffrage et Mirage” is exactly the track listeners want to be hearing off a new Beyond Creation album. The riffs enter the fray fast and furiously, growled vocals tear through the mix, allowing both a sense of urgency and an ability to get lost amidst the tumultuous waves of lunging death metal riffs and blistering double bass. It is simply what it is, Algorythm in a musical format. Whatever the listeners’ issues with modern death metal there will always be something on offer to placate the old school purists.

The bilingual nature of Beyond Creation may distance some listeners from this Montreal based, Quebec-ian powerhouse, but it doesn’t detract from the Algorythm experience. With massive tracks like the somewhat brooding “Surface’s Echoes” and the Gojira-esque title track. Beyond Creation borrow only in influence, reinforcing their own style of technically capable death metal. But as the towering layers of death metal lunge from strength to strength there is respite, and a calmness that breaks the album near in two. “À travers le temps et l’oubli” is a key led expression of cinematic atmosphere, releasing all the tension built either side of this graceful wall. Rest assured that the band’s typical gravitational pull to all things heavy returns quickly on arguably the album’s heaviest track, “In Adversity”. At just over three minutes, it’s all groove and sensibly technical prowess on display. While being one of the record’s shortest compositions, there’s still plenty going on in the typical Beyond Creation vein. Bass noodling, sweeping leads, the full assortment of percussive range from the tech death handbook… even Simon Gerard’s deep vocal growls push past the standards found on the group’s previous records and showcase a group of musicians hitting their collective strides.

Beyond Creation are not doing a lot differently from their previous releases, nor are they making pains to do different from similar acts. Algorythm is simply ‘better’, despite the misgivings of the genre. Overall Beyond Creation’s newest offering stands tall, moving easily from one musical idea to the next. It’s not perfect in mixing it in its bearing but these gripes can be overlooked in simple appreciation of what it takes to be relevant in the technical death metal scene. Beyond Creation have found a monolithic synergy to their music, now they’ve just got to keep the momentum going. Algorythm isn’t album of the year material, but it’s definitely worth its replay values.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some really solid music actually

Space Jester
October 21st 2018


6981 Comments


Nice review. I’ve always thought this band was one of the best when it comes to modern technical death metal of this variety, and this album just reinforces that for me. Their compositions are pretty far above a lot of what the genre puts out, and man that bass...

Only band that sits above them imo would be Spawn of Possession (RIP) and I’m not counting the “dissodeath” band’s like Gorguts, Ulcerate or any bands similar to those.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2018


3454 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

does this got fretless bass noodles

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oodles of noodles, the bass almost carries this album

bloc
October 21st 2018


56999 Comments


Thought this was awesome

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is sorta awesome

brainmelter
October 21st 2018


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sorta

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorta

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 22nd 2018


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is definitely a bit more flavorful than your average tech/prog death whatever but it’s also still the same old schtick so Im just like hmm...eh pretty dece

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have you checked out the new Gorod Game?

Flugmorph
October 22nd 2018


21388 Comments


i dont know if ill like this one eeeeeeeehehehheheheheheehe

have some useless comment from the byrb

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TheNotrap
October 22nd 2018


11605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slightly less wanky and more musical than the previous releases and I particularly like the title track, but I don't see myself revisiting the album often.



Augury and Gorod have released more interesting tech this year, in my opinion.



Nice review.

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AdolfChrist
October 22nd 2018


21957 Comments


Thought this band was sort of cool but they never gave me a reason to stick around. I suppose ill give this a chance.

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Evreaia
October 22nd 2018


5089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bass on this album gets me hard.

Evok
October 22nd 2018


7728 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kind of a snooze, this one is

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TundraL5Z
October 22nd 2018


3006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This shit is fucking amazing

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BlackTaxi2d
October 22nd 2018


263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the title track is phenomenal and i find myself coming back to this just for the jams. its well done but overall it just doesnt move the needle as much as a Rivers of Nihil or BTBAM for me this year. but i guess that shows my taste for more progg-ier compositions

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bloc
October 22nd 2018


56999 Comments


These dudes are a more accessible version of Augury imo, less proggy and experimental

bloc
October 22nd 2018


56999 Comments


What the hell, this thing's at #3 Trending lol

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2018


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People keep talking about it so yeah



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