While Beyond The Embrace was officially formed by singer Shawn Gallagher and guitarist Oscar Gouveia in January of 2000, the guitarist, second guitarist Saude and drummer Mike Bresciani had played together in a band called Paranormal. The new band would release a self-titled demo in 2001 and sign to Metal Blade. The band's debut would be called Against The Elements. Mike Bresciani would soon be replaced by Kevin Camille on drums. The band would support the debut opening for band like Opeth, Lacuna Coil and Helloween. The band would record Insect Songs and draft a new bassist in early 2004 called Chris Parlon who was formerly of Marazine. The second album was promoted through US tours with Prong and Iced Earth. The band parted ways with drummer Kevin Camille in the autumn of 2005.
BEYOND THE EMBRACE - INSECT SONG - METAL BLADE
There is nothing grossly wrong with Beyond The Embrace's heavy metal, but the word that came to mind again and again upon listening to Insect Song was 'bland.' The American band's Iron Maiden-meets-C.O.C. style is easy to listen to and strikes a balance of sorts between melodic and aggressive, but the guys could have done so much more had they been more adventurous. For example, the presence of three guitarists in the band could have translated into something special or extraordinary. Instead, the songs sound little different than what a band with two guitarists would have produced. The band hardly ever let's loose. The album's closer Within offers a glimpse of what could have been were the band to delve into things a bit more. The band's vocalist alternates from the aggressive screaming of modern bands to a clean and melodic voice. The interchange soon becomes a pattern.
Beyond The Embrace is a good band that needs a severe kick in the rear end next time. - Ali "The Metallian"