Saturday 21 April 2018

From Beyond - The Band From Beyond (Album Review)

Release date: May 11th 2018. Label: Candlelight Records/UMG. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Band From Beyond – Tracklisting

The Fall to Earth
Blooming Sun
The Slip
Lost Way
The Color Into Space
The Color Out of Space
At Midnight
Machine Gun
White Marble
Black Mirror
Synthetic Skin (Part 1)


Rob - Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizers
Dave - Guitars, Effects
Brooks - Bass, Synth, Vocals
Anthony - Drums, Vocals


Greetings All,

It is always exciting to check out a band’s debut album. Then there is another level of excitement when that band delivers a record of completely mind shattering brilliance. So, is the case with the debut album by From Beyond. The record is a rocking, synth heavy marvel that pays homage to a bunch of different styles and influences while being uniquely original. There is also a very cool, and not so subtle, wink and a nod to the beloved Netflix. The last statement is something that I was fairly certain I would never, ever have written in a record review, but alas. The band bio notes that they are from Austin, Texas, however, I would have assumed they were from some distant smoky planet comprised of vintage amps and synths and a large satellite dish that fed all the wonders of Netflix to a strange and enlightened group. 

The Band From Beyond is comprised of 14 killer tunes. The record is excellently played and beautifully recorded. The vibe you feel from listening to this album is intriguing and intense. There are tons of well performed records released every year, but there is only a select few that carry this certain vibe. I honestly listened to this album on repeat for the better part of a week and it just doesn’t get old, as I hear something new and intriguing with each listen.

To be honest with you, I am not a big fan of synthesizers. 70’s prog, 80’s new wave, 90’s industrial really does nothing for me. However, From Beyond have done a stellar job of using the synthesizers the way that I assume they were intended. They are a part of the songs, and they add to the power of each one. I challenge you not to smile to yourself when you get thrown into the land of Stranger Things at various times while listening.

While the synth is a major factor on the album, it is worth noting that all parts are of the highest regard. There is some absolutely killer guitar and bass work here, along with some massive drums. I will invoke this sentiment again moving forward, but I challenge you not to catch some Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl – Songs for the Deaf style drumming, it is amazing. The vocals are also noteworthy. There is something to be said for the vocals fitting perfectly with the music and From Beyond nail it throughout The Band From Beyond.

On to the songs, Invocation is a brief synth intro that leads directly into the killer, chugging riff that is the foundation of The Fall to Earth. The band brings the heavy right away, which is a great move. Blooming Sun follows with a driving rhythm that is eerily reminiscent of QOTSA and the song also has some slick guitar work of note. The Slip opens with a Cars like synth intro before those wicked drums drive this immensely catchy track with a little woo-hoo refrain thrown in to boot.

Lost Way comes in with a synthetic late era Nine Inch Nails inspired drum beat that carries this dark, down tempo track. The darkness continues on the brief interlude of The Color In to Space, which is a dark, Stranger Things inspired lead in to The Color Out of Space. This song has an absolutely methodical and rocking riff that lays under some very Sabbath inspired vocals. A killer track. 11:59 follows as another synth driven interlude. Then comes At Midnight with a very stoner rock inspired groove ala the early sound of another Texas band, The Sword. The synths are replaced or reworked into a driving 70’s organ sound that fits the song beautifully. The bassist gets some love on the inspired, Laura, with its big bass intro and bass solo that keep this record moving in the right direction.

Machine Gun is up next. Dammit if I didn’t get hit with a bit of 80’s era Sonic Youth nostalgia with this one. It is a killer track with a scream along chorus of “One Eyed Jack, One Eyed Jack” that will find its way into the earworm part of your brain. White Marble is an acoustic guitar based interlude that gives way to the most epic of tracks on the album. The stellar Black Mirror comes with a dizzying level of power. The heaviest track on the album delivers in spades with an almost Alice In Chains style vocal delivery.

The record comes to a close with the dark synth outro of Synthetic Skin (part 1). It is a shame, but all good things must come to an end.

In a year that has so far been dominated by killer albums from bands with established resumes (Corrosion of Conformity, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, Black Rainbows to name a few) From Beyond has come storming from the great beyond with an absolute rocking gem. Do yourself a favor track this record down. Highest possible recommendation!

- Todd S

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Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Carl at Action! PR for the promo. The Band From Beyond will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Candlelight Records/UMG from May 11th 2018.