(8/10) If you check Wikipedia for ‘algorithm’ you get the following answer: “In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm (/ˈælɡərɪðəm/ ) is an unambiguous specification of how to solve a class of problems.” Now, I’m not sure French-Canadian metalists Beyond Creation wants to solve a specific problem, but the new album definitely delivers to the wish of fans for some new material of the Montreal-based metal powerhouse.
Beyond Creation started in 2005 and it took them some time to find the right line-up for recording the debut. The band premiered in 2011 with “The Aura’ and it was the sophomore album ‘Earthborn Evolution’. Four years later the quartet is back with the anticipated third album.
‘Algorythm’ is the first album that includes bassist Hugo Doyon-Karout. After having been on tour with the band for quite a while the line-up change didn’t have a bigger impact on Beyond Creation’s sound. Basically, the band picks it up where the ended with the previous release. Technically demanding death metal is still the disciple the quartet is best in and they manifest this with ten thrilling songs.
After a dramatic intro, it is the French titled ‘Entre Suffrage Et Mirage’ that kicks-in with deep growls, hoarse screams and complex guitar parts. ‘Surface’s Echoes’ adds extra complexity to the mix and it’s a strong rhythm that’s placed in the forefront.
With ‘À Travers Le Temps Et L’Oubli’ the band put a piano interlude right in the middle of the album. This peaceful moment is swiped away by the heavy and harsh ‘In Adversity’. The song follows its own rhythm and is an evil riff monster that needs time to unfold its threatening beauty.
Another song that’s worth to be mentioned is the six minutes instrumental ‘Binominal Structures’. Beyond Creation can maintain a sinister vibe, but since growls don’t play a role things get more approachable also for none death metal fans. Melodic guitar parts are almost in contrary to most of the songs heard before. Still, the track’s fascinating with its musical approach and savvy.
The four Canadians created an album that reflects the precision of a clockwork and mechanical coldness. This album includes complexity and structure. It needs time and with each spin, it exposes additional details. If the old formula of the third album being the indicator for the future of Beyond Creation doesn’t look as dark and gloomy as the songs on the album.
- Entre Suffrage Et Mirage
- Surface’s Echoes
- Ethereal Kingdom
- À Travers Le Temps Et L’Oubli
- In Adversity
- The Inversion
- Binomial Structures
- The Afterlife
- Surface’s Echoes (Instr) (Bonus)
- The Afterlife (Instr) (Bonus)
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Release Date EU: October 12th, 2018