Beyond God – “Dark Light of Dawn” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

My head is spinning. There is so much killer music coming out these days, particularly in the Femme Metal genre that sometimes it is hard to stay on top of everything. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I love doing this so much and I love finding about new bands that I would never get to hear otherwise. It doesn’t suck… One of the latest bands to come my way is the Symphonic metal band Beyond God from the Netherlands.

“Destination Darkness” is the opening track and begins with some pretty cool, melancholic orchestration and the soprano vocals of Cynthia Knoch come in and helps turn this song into a solid opener. The mid-tempo and melodic “Memories” is quite… um, memorable. “Passion” turns up the tempo a notch in the beginning before slowing down with some nice piano and orchestration. The song changes tempos throughout and is a pretty cool, dramatic number. The 2-minute track “Nocturne” brings the 18-minute EP to a suitably and satisfying sorrowful conclusion. Another impressive thing about “Dark Light of Dawn” is that it is not only self-released, but self-produced by the band as well.

Holland has a rich metal legacy and has produced many an influential band and with their debut EP “Dark Light of Dawn”, Beyond God has a good chance to add to their own stamp to the Dutch metal heritage. I really, really, really hope we hear more from Beyond God in the future. This is a cool EP, but 18-minutes is simply not enough and I hope a full-length is on the horizon in the not too distant future.

Rating – 85/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Destination Darkness
  2. Memories
  3. Passion
  4. Nocturne

 

Line Up

  • Cynthia Knoch – Vocals
  • Twan Smolders – Guitar
  • Peter den Bakker – Bass
  • Ferry Guns – Drums

 

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