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Against the Elements

  • 1. Bastard Screams
    2. Mourning in Magenta
    3. Compass
    4. Capture
    5. Drowning Sun
    6. Against the Elements
    7. Release
    8. Bending Sea, The
    9. Embers Astray
    10. Riddle of Steel, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 14401

  • Credits
    ProducerBeyond The Embrace; Aaron Clay
    EngineerAaron Clay; Oscar Gouveia

    Beyond The Embrace: Shawn Gallagher (vocals, keyboards); Oscar Gouveia, Jeff Saude, Alex Botelho (acoustic & electric guitars); Adam Gonzalves (bass); Mike Bresciani (drums).
    Recorded at Euphoria Sound Studios, Revere, Massachusetts between June and December 2001.
    Against the Elements is the album Metallica could have made instead of the eponymous "Black Album" if they had decided that the technical ecstasy on ...And Justice for All wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but they needed to be beefed up instead of dismissed. The most amazing thing is that New England-based thrashers Beyond the Embrace managed this level of proficiency on a debut. All of the elements are here, from the driving dual leads la vintage Iron Maiden -- though Beyond the Embrace up the ante with a trio of guitarists, all of which can be heard in a mix that is powerful enough to get its point across -- layered upon pounding double bass and song structures based upon mighty, crunchy riffs like the best the Bay Area had to offer in the '80s, but with a modern touch similar to what In Flames does that should keep the young metalheads as interested as the geezers. The latter don't have many new bands that combine chops, songs, attitude, and reverence circa 2002, but they do with Beyond the Embrace. ~ Brian O'Neill

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