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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.

Customer Reviews


Look I don't care who you are, Greg Weeks is the Sexiest Man in Metal. Give it up for Xbox.

This album to stay in my car forever!

These guys are sweet. Mike has my favorite vocals as far as metal goes; case closed end of story. Their guitar lines, though simple, sound full and complete. So, they may be a jam band, but I like them and this album will be blasted down the road for a long time.

pretty darn good, man

personally, I think it's a very good album. That's my personal opinion, but I think it's an awsome record


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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