Germany has been responsible for being home to some of the iconic household names in Metal. RAMMSTEIN, DORO and EDGUY are just some of the bands to hail from Germany. Could Symphonic Metal six piece BEYOND THE BLACK be hailed alongside these legends? Their latest release Heart Of The Hurricane will ensure this place is held for them not just for now but for eternity.
Heart Of The Hurricane is the first album with a reworked lineup for the German crew; this has gained criticism, even from their most die-hard fans. So, the band had a challenge on their hands to deliver a record of quality and it is more than safe to say that they have achieved a triumphant victory here.
The album gets off to a solid start with opening tracks Hysteria and the title track. From these two songs you can hear the sheer power and passion behind Jennifer Haben’s vocal work. Both of these tracks sound different from the other yet they both have the same power and punch. A more than worthy way to get the album started and to provide the listeners a small glimpse of what is to be bestowed.
This is one of those albums where choosing a couple of highlight tracks is a tricky feat. Each song on the record has BEYOND THE BLACK offers something unique, it will be difficult to pick a favourite. The first thing that will attract listeners to the song Through The Mirror is the beautiful stripped-down intro with a piano combining beautifully with Haben‘s vocals. This transitions into a powerful, passionate chorus that will make hair stand on end and send shivers throughout. This is a song that tugs at the heartstrings and will entice the listener to grab the air.
Song For The Godless will attract a variety of listeners. The beautiful and atmospheric medieval vibes set a haunting tone to the song. With its haunting melody and powerful chorus, this song will no doubt become a firm favourite. The song gives off a sense of freedom and liberty that most people crave these days. If you need an escape for a few minutes, Song For The Godless will do that.
My God Is Dead will leave mouths hanging open and listeners taken aback by the sheer power. It’s starts off softly with an acoustic guitar, a piano and Haben’s vocals; the perfect set up for a stripped-down ballad, right? Don’t be fooled. There is a such a great twist in the song that will do more than catch listeners off guard. That’s all that will be revealed here, you will have to listen to the album to find out more.
From start to finish, Heart Of The Hurricane shows sheer power, determination and a lot of punch. To say this record will brew up a storm is a huge understatement; it will come crashing down and it will ensure that you listen to nothing else. A remarkable album that is strongly recommended.