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Album Review

Melodic death there really such a thing? Indeed there is, as evidenced by Beyond the Sixth Seal and their sophomore full-length effort, 2007's The Resurrection of Everything Tough. After causing a buzz in the metal underground with its 2002 debut, Earth and Sphere, the group abruptly split up a year later. But by 2006, the onetime five-man group had slimmed down to a trio, with only two original members remaining — growler Mike McKenzie (who now also supplies guitar) and drummer Brendan Roche — with newcomer Gregory Weeks handling bass duties. Additionally, upon their re-formation, Beyond the Sixth Seal are supposedly only a "studio band" from here on out. With most death metal bands favoring highly technical and blazingly fast riffs and beats, Beyond the Sixth Seal pull off some Appetite for Destruction-era Guns N' Roses riffs on such tracks as "I Die at 35," while the guitar harmonies on the mid-paced instrumental "The Law You Have Sworn" bring to mind Metallica's "Orion." Elsewhere, tracks like "Stricken" have quite a bit in common with modern-day punk metal. However, while the music is varied and unpredictable, the vocals refuse to stray from death metal growling. As a result, Beyond the Sixth Seal should be commended for creating a new metallic sound/approach — something that's becoming increasingly hard to accomplish nowadays.

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Seriously, get this album, I won't be dissapointed, the vocals are a little quiet in some places but it's still a great album, buy this now!


Formed: 1998 in Weymouth, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although based in Weymouth, MA, Beyond the Sixth Seal played melodic death metal inspired by Swedish titans like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity. Forming in 1998, the group followed a couple of demo tapes with 2001's cheerfully named A Homicide Divine EP, at which time their lineup consisted of vocalist Lawrence Kwong, guitarists Justin Chappell and Adam Wentworth, bassist Rob Devlin, and drummer Brendan Roche. In 2002, the full-length Earth and Sphere introduced new screamer Mike McKenzie (aka Gunface,...
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