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CD review BEYOND THE BLACK "Lost in Forever" - Tour Edition

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Beyond The Black, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Symphonic Metal, News, CD Review, Airforce1 Records

(*/10) Since a couple of years it’s German metal outfit Beyond The Black that is gaining momentum. Not only that the sextet release two pretty good records, the band’s also frequently on tour. Beyond The Black opened for bands like Saxon, Scorpions and Queensryche which led to a growing popularity. Furthermore there were some bigger festivals in Europe that had Beyond The Black as part of their billing. Wacken, Rockavaria and Full Metal Mountain were just some of the bigger open airs the band did in 2016.

Talking about 2016 means also to mention that almost the entire band was renewed during the second half of the year. It’s only Jennifer Haben who’s still with Beyond The Black. The rest of the line-up changed which also leads to some curiosity about the future direction of the band. The first moment of truth has been the November show that worked out very well.

Singer Jennifer Haben and the new guys will spend the coming weeks on the road, this time opening for Powerwolf and Epica. Right before the tour kicks-off Beyond The Black releases a tour-edition of their latest longplayer “Lost in Forever”. The record includes the original 13 songs plus four extra tracks that made it on this special edition.

Tour editions are getting more common every year and the necessity from a fan perspective can be discussed, however, the four extra songs will create some excitement with fans of the band. It starts with “Night Will Fall” which belongs to the more silent Beyond The Black tunes. The track is a symphonic one, that sounds like a soundtrack and actually it is. It became the title track for a German TV movie called “Die Ketzerbraut” and it’s the medieval theme that connects song and film.

In general the new songs are kept more quiet and atmospheric. The loud and heavy guitars are present but less in the forefront. “The Other Side” is one of these more solemn songs that are well done, even though they don’t knock your socks off. In the end all four tracks follow a kind of the same pattern, coming with the same expression. OK, “Rage Before the Strom” sticks out a bit in the sense that it includes more heavy sections. The songs itself isn’t new since it was already the accompaniment for the outro of the 2015 W:O:A:, presented on video walls and on the W:O:A homepage.

Overall there isn’t that much new on the tour edition. This release feels more like a bridge into a new era of Beyond The Black, guiding fans from old to new. In the end it’s the next studio album that will give more clarity about the future direction of Beyond The Black.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lost in Forever
  2. Beautiful Lies 
  3. Written in Blood
  4. Against the World
  5. Beyond the Mirror
  6. Halo of the Dark
  7. Dies Irae
  8. Forget My Name
  9. Burning in Flames
  10. Nevermore
  11. Shine and Shade
  12. Heaven in Hell
  13. Love's a Burden
  14. Night Will Fade
  15. The Other Side
  16. Our Little Time
  17. Rage Before the Storm

 

Label: Airforce 1 Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

 

CD review BEYOND THE BLACK "Lost in Forever" - Tour Edition
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CD review BEYOND THE BLACK "Lost in Forever"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Beyond The Black, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Female Fronted Metal, Rock

(9/10) If there was A shooting star in Germans metal scene during the last months, than it was Beyond The Black. The band from Mannheim, Germany came out of nowhere and went from zero to hero in no time.

Founded in 2014, the guys released their debut beginning of 2015, an album that was very well perceived by media and fans. "Songs of Love and Death" contained well-crafted symphonic metal songs that don't drown in pathos and cliches,  something that resulted in a top 12 position in the German charts.

Beyond The Black supported the longplayer with quite some touring. Amongst others the sixtet opened for Armored Saint and Queensryche which made them playing together even tighter.

History has shown, that such a success with the first record isn't only pure happiness. Such a longplayer could become easily a flash in the pan and for sure it puts some pressure on the band when it comes to the next release.

February 2016 is the moment of truth; the German band releases their second album "Lost in Forever". Fortunatelly nomen isn't omen since the guys didn't get lost anywhere. The new record picks it up where Beyond The Black ended with "Songs of Love and Death" and brings their sound to a next level. 

Thirteen new symphonic metal tracks have been chosen for this new release and each of them proves that the guys aren't a 'one hit wonder'. 

"Lost in Forever" is the title track and the first hit. Beyond The Black can easily stand the comparison with Dutch Within Temptation even though the guys from Mannheim keep the metal factor much higher. Jennifer Haben's voice is just beautiful and fits perfect for the hard but melodic metal songs Beyond The Black has to offer. Another asset are the cleverly included growls that never take over but give the song another dimension, not to forget the screaming guitars of Christopher Hummels and Nils Lesser.

Having talked about the hardest track on the album also means we have to check the softest tune. It's the last track on "Lost in Forever" and it's entitled "Love's a Burden".  The closer is the emotional highlight of the second album. It is a very touching one with Haben putting a lot of feel and soul into it.

Everything that is inbetween those two extremes is very well done symphonic metal that lives by the constant interplay of heavy and fragile. 

Something new on the second album is Jennifer Haben singing a duet. It's Masterplan singer Rick Altzi who has a guest appearance on "Beautiful Lies". It's amazing how well those two voices fit together. It's a perfect match.

Last but not least it's the powerful numbers like "Nevermore" that makes Beyond The Black to a band with multifarious songs that are all thrilling. 

Beyond The Black will continue flying high. The band got the chance to open for German metal dinosaurs Scorpions for their German dates in March. This gives Jennifer Haben & Co the chance to present their songs to an even bigger audience, something that for sure will give them a next push. Great presence and glorious future. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lost in Forever
  2. Beautiful Lies (feat. Rick Altzi)
  3. Written in Blood
  4. Against the World
  5. Beyond the Mirror
  6. Halo of the Dark
  7. Dies Irae
  8. Forget My Name
  9. Burning in Flames
  10. Nevermore
  11. Shine and Shade
  12. Heaven in Hell
  13. Love's a Burden

 

Label: Airforce 1 Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: February 12th, 2016

CD review BEYOND THE BLACK "Lost in Forever"
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New album from BEYOND THE BLACK plus tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 4. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Beyond The Black, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal, News, Tour, Scorpions

Wow. What a run for Germans Beyond The Black. The band has a new album almost ready for release and will be the support for the Scorpions shows in Germany during 2016.

The new longplayer of Jennifer Haben and bandmates will be released on February 12th, 2016 and comes via Airforce1.

The release will be followed by the mentioned shows with Klaus Meine and Co.

 

Here are the dates:

14.03.2016 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle

16.03.2016 München Olympiahalle

18.03.2016 Dortmund Westfalenhalle

19.03.2016 Mannheim SAP Arena

21.03.2016 Hamburg Barclaycard Arena

23.03.2016 Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena

24.03.2016 Leipzig Arena Leipzig

26.03.2016 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt

27.03.2016 Köln LANXESS Arena

New album from BEYOND THE BLACK plus tour dates
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Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2015 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Armored Saint, Beyond The Black, Heavy Metal, Live Review, News, Power Metal, US Metal

This is a package that has more than a 'wow' factor. This package is awesome. The mighty Queensryche together with the legendary Armored Saint one one stage that night; no way not going there - even on a very warm and sunny summer night.

The role of the opener was reserved for the German newcomers Beyond The Black. The 2014 founded band has released their debut a few month ago and the reactions have been very positive.

Beyond The Black started around 19:30. I was surprised that the Melkweg was already filled pretty well and the band got quite some attention. The longer they played the more fans found their spot in front of the stage. This means that the guys did a great job in warming up the crowd and it was worth to be at the Melkweg in time. I hope that the Beyond The Black will come back to Holland soon - and maybe with a bit more playing time. They could be great support for bands like Within Temptation and/or Delain. Let's see.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

After a short break the stage was prepared for Armored Saint. Since the last album was a great one, expectations have been pretty high. Can U deliver? Yes, the guys could. It was fantastic to see the five guys back in Holland after so many years. It was in 2006 when I have seen them tha lst time in Arnhem which was a great experience.

The band started with the title track of the new album. "Win hands down" was very much appreciated by the crowd. The studio version of the song is already great, but the live version was even more intense. The set was a constant mix of old and new. Classics like "Rasing fear" and "Last train home" have been played as well as newer stuff. 

With some bands the new songs can't keep the high level of their classics. Not with Armored Saint. New and old built one seamless unit with all songs being on a high level.

The band obviously had a lot of fun to be in Europe again - and the first time in Amsterdam. John Bush did, as expected, an excellent job behind the mic. This voice is pure metal. Joey Vera sunk in his bass play, Sandoval and Duncan hammered the riffs into the Melkweg and Gonzo's drums delivered the right punch for an energetic show.

Highlight was with "Can U deliver" when all of a sudden a small third axeman joined. It was John Bush's son Guiseppe that joined for the song and it was a great experience to see the different metal generations on stage. Metal never dies.

The final track, "Madhouse", made a madhouse out of the Melkweg. Seeing Armored Saint live is always a great experience. I hope that those guys will stay together for many many more years. The are pure metal. Horns up.

 

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Armored Saint set a high standard for Queensyche. But with having songs like "NM 156" and "Empire" in the backhand the five-piece from Seattle didn't have any problem to keep this high level, if...yes, if.

Todd was suffering from a bad cold that night, but it deserves a lot of respct that he worked himself through a shorter set. This guy doesn't disappoint fans and band mates. And honestly, even with the cold he was singing in an excellent way. With a cold he performed the Queensryche classics in a better way than Geoff Tate the last time I have seen him with Queensryche some years ago in Stockholm.

However, due to Todd's cold Queensryche played for around an hour only; covering a lot of the highlights from the past. "Nightrider" and "The needle lies" are always a treat for your metal ears. 

Next to those pearls also a brandnew song was presented that night in Amsterdam. "Arrow of time" is the name of the track that sounds quite good, but can't live up to the other songs. But let's see and wait for the album. "Condition hüman" will be released in October and I guess we will get another cool Queensryche disc served on our plate.

After having played the mighty "Empire" it was time for Todd to allow himself some rest. I think that "Queen of the Reich" and "Take hold of the flame" has been originally planned as well, but couldn't be performed due to the mentioned circustances.

It was great to see the power metal package of Armored Saint and Queensryche supported by Beyond The Black - an excellent newcomer. This package is worth to go to and I hope that more of those metal feasts will be on the road soon.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Setlist:

Beyond The Black

who can provide it?

 

Setlist Armored Saint

  1. Win hands down
  2. March of the saint
  3. Nervous man
  4. Pay dirt
  5. Last train home
  6. An execircise in debauchery
  7. Rasing fear
  8. Dropping like flies
  9. Mess
  10. Left hoof from right field
  11. Aftermath
  12. Reign of fire
  13. Can U deliver
  14. Madhouse

 

Setlist Queensryche

  1. Anarchy-X
  2. Nightrider
  3. Breaking the silence
  4. The whisper
  5. En force
  6. Warning
  7. The needle lies
  8. NM 156
  9. Arrow of time
  10. Jet city woman
  11. Eyes of a stranger
  12. Empire

 

 

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