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frombeyond aquilonianarcana
Artist: From Beyond
Title: Aquilonian Arcana
Genre: Progressive Metal
Release Date: 13th December 2019
Label: Self-released

Review Flash

Here we go again, aside from a virus that rains on about everyone’s parade I detected the musical pattern of 2020 and it is savage, barbaric and fucking awesome: Conan the Barbarian! The second band is a big, big fan of Robert E. Howard’s bull-headed Barbarian. The name of the Australian band is FROM BEYOND and jack of all trades Lord Tim is the vocalist (Genius multi-instrumentalist Mark Furtner does everything else: guitar, piano, orchestral arrangements, songwriting and lyrics). The vocals are mostly deep and rough (almost spoken word style but a bit more melody driven), the instrumental background is absolute top notch varying from super proggy SYMPHONY X style riff thunderstorms with many breaks and transitions to orchestral parts that are the epitome of epicness. The songs ‘Shrouded in Sorrow’ and ‘Where Legends lie’ are purely instrumental but the songs with lyrics are all over 4:30 long and have lots of space without lyrics (which does not bother me at all, I thought it would but I was wrong).

Conclusion: If you like bands like SYMPHONY X and ATLANTEAN KODEX check out this dark progressive tale.

Rating: 8 / 10

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