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Sanctuary In Misery
(Bloodsoaked Records)

Honestly I did not know much about US-Deathers BEYOND FATAL when I received this CD, but I gave it a spin and learned fast what BEYOND FATAL is about - brutal, not too technical Death Metal comparable to acts like old CANNIBAL CORPSE mixed with SKINLESS and cult Death Metallers BAPHOMET also called BANISHED. The whole stuff is not too fast and mostly kept very rhythmic, mid-paced and of crushing heaviness, but sometimes even a sudden blast part sets in to prevent "Sanctuary In Misery" from getting boring or too soft. The vocals vary from Chris Barnes - like growling to DEEDS OF FLESH - like gurgling and screams are featured as well. Maybe you already got the clue, but this CD is in no way original, innovative or unique stuff. But despite that, it is cool anyway, especially because of its dynamically grooving tempo, many great grinding riffs and the not over - technical approach, which often causes that albums rush by, but do not leave anything memorable. "Sanctuary In Misery" offers some real highlights, like the thunderous 'Desensitised Communication' or the great last song 'Mark Of The Beast'. Sound wise BEYOND FATAL's debut turned out very sharp, natural and powerful, but it is definitely not anything extraordinary. I am fortunate to have this CD, because it was certainly done with heart and engagement and it was fun listening to it, but I would not have spend my last few bucks on it. If you search for an entertaining, good brutal Death Metal album, look for it in a shop near you and be sure to give it a chance. I'm not sure, if this CD is BEYOND FATAL's debut album, because then it is even great and shows that the guys have the talent to become much more.

Stefan Franke

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