"Destination's End" (Sanctuary / Noise; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I didn't quite know what to expect when I put the debut from these German rockers in my CD player, but I am happy to report that Beyond Surface's "Destination's End" was a pleasant surprise. The gothic rock of Beyond Surface sounds like a heavier version of Finnish Goth rockers H.I.M. and To/Die/For. And that can only be a good thing.

"Beyond Surface" features 12 tracks of emotionally charged songs that find balance between sturdy riffs and feelings of despair. A cover of Jack Lee's "Come Back And Stay" (made famous by Paul Young's 80s version) is included.

So intrigued was I by Beyond Surface's sound that I did a little research and found that Beyond Surface were one of the three bands that won the widely publicized contest organized by seven Euro metal magazines to find unsigned talent and provide those bands with the resources to make their recorded debuts.

Fans of gothic rock should check out these up-and-comers.

"Destination's End" was produced by Piet Sielck (Blind Guardian, Iron Savior).

Beyond Surface is Gerritt on vocals, Thorsten and Marten on guitars, Max on bass, Sascha on keyboards, and Loffel on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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