Beyond - _Reassemble_
(Pavement/Cargo, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
Chicago's Beyond are somewhat connoisseurs of metallic mayhem and an industrial/mechanical tinged sound, something felt quite vividly with their music. Much like the works of Ministry, Beyond's music on their debut _Reassemble_ (the band was formerly known as Demented Ted) is a quick lashing of riffs and walls of noise. The vocals of singer Ron Janis exhibit a solid death metal-ish growl though at times downscaled to a solid exertion of anger as every song goes upon its course. Musically, the music of Beyond is rather bland, no real attribute pops out, but I must say one thing though: this band has got a real groove going when it does take shape, especially with songs like "Monument" and the title track. "Machined" rolls hard and heavy as does opener "Pure" and "Limbless". Metallic and thrashing out in a frenzy at times, Beyond's debut is a good listen most of the time.

(article published 6/9/1996)


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