Beauty - _Buried With the Sky_
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 5)
Beauty's latest demo includes three more songs from the _Automatic Killfest_ sessions, including two of my favorites, "Fragment" and "Mute". As with their self-titled demo (see CoC #14), the music is heavy industrial metal, with distorted, shouted vocals, plenty of samples, and a dense, layered sound. These three tracks are a little more straightforward than the three on their previous demo, although the inclusion of female soprano vocals in "Fragment" is especially unique and interesting, especially when contrasted with the blasting industrial metal underneath. The drum programming is very good, avoiding the simplistic, repetitive use of patterns that typifies industrial. The song structures are a combination of radical shifts in tempo and style (soft/loud, slow/fast, etc) and smooth development sections, leaving you guessing as to what will come next. The playing is good, though not flashy, and the production is excellent, though everything is covered by a thick layer of (intentional) distortion. This is another strong demo, and hopefully will attract serious label attention.

Contact: BEAUTY, P.O. Box 316, Oakton, VA, 22124

(article published 17/11/1997)

10/11/1996 B Meloon 4 Beauty - Beauty
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