"What the Mind Perceives" (Screaming Ferret; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

It has been nice to see young American metal bands take the reins of the classic melodic death metal sound and make it all their own. Hailing from New Jersey, Beyond The Flesh take the patented early melodic death metal style and give it an unwavering performance in light of the genre’s hallmarks.

“What The Mind Perceives” features ten tracks of aggression, groove, and technical precision in a lethal balance. Beyond The Flesh are obviously rooted in the old death metal sound while managing to incorporate Swedish melodic death metal along with a commitment to American thrash metal that successfully merges catchiness and technicality.

“What The Mind Perceives” actually sounds greater than the sum of its parts – this is no rare feat. Beyond The Flesh play with conviction, vim and vigor, without losing sight of the past’s contributions and the unknown yet to be discovered.

“What The Mind Perceives” is a great effort and I’m certain we’ll be hearing new material from Beyond The Flesh sometime soon.

“What The Mind Perceives” was produced and mixed by Beyond The Flesh and Mike Stiso.

Beyond The Flesh: Justin Leary on vocals and guitar, Rick Flanegan on guitar, Matt Deturo on bass, and Senen Solis on drums. Contributors include Mike Gallagher on keyboards and Tom Ward on acoustic guitar.

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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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