Bayville, New Jersey's Beyond The Flesh mixes elements from speed and
death metal in releases like Live Flesh from 2000, Spawned From Flesh
And Bone EP of 2001 and the Divinity Destroyed/Beyond The Flesh split
2003. The band signed to Screaming Ferret and issued 2003's What The
Mind Perceives in 2005.
BEYOND THE FLESH - WHAT THE MIND PERCEIVES
What the mind perceives upon coming across this very professional ten-song CD from Beyond The Flesh is yet another potent demo this month. The quartet is inspired and influenced by late-era Carcass. The vocals, backing vocals and rhythms are English cadaver worship; yet the band uncovers enough resourcefulness to introduce a little Cannibal Corpse here and a little Opeth there. The sound might not quite tell the tale, but the band's material actually is that advanced. This band is clearly serious about its craft and should it be able to duplicate the delivery in the live context fans and labels would do well to look into this. 35 Bittern Lane, Bayville, NJ 08721 or firstname.lastname@example.org are the addresses one needs in order to get more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
BEYOND THE FLESH - WHAT THE MIND PERCEIVES - SCREAMING FERRET
Beyond The Flesh is a more melodic version of Carcass with additional influences from Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation and Death. That is what my mind perceives about the re-release of the band's independent album by Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The voice of Justin Leary is especially Carcass-like and for added similarity the band inserts the odd growled vocals. It is great to hear extreme bands from America. The country is overrun by crossover bands which is becoming tedious fast. Too bad labels are so trendy. In either case, BTF has enough complexity and melody to satisfy death metal fans. The production could have been a little thicker and a hidden outro is a cliche, but the band is an OK, if not fantastic, newcomer. - Anna Tergel