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Review: Miles Beyond - Miles Beyond
Miles Beyond
www.milesbeyond.net
Miles Beyond

Label: Independent
Year released: 2004
Duration: 69:16
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 26, 2005
Reviewed by: The Lord of Hate
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Miles Beyond hail from Flint, Michigan, and this first offering of theirs is quite diversified, to say the least. Mostly they belong into the heavy metal genre, although there are some power metal influences, essentially in the vocals on some of the song. This is pretty upbeat material, overall with a "feel good" sound to it, but not in the cheesy sense. The album just doesn't sound "negative" or dark, although a couple of songs have kind of a melancholic feel to them, but they're not really of the depressive type. The highlights here are the vocals and the guitars. When that guy isn't invigorating you with an overall very good vocal performance, then it's the guitars that take over and rock you off your feet with some good solos - nothing of the "show off" kind, but rather solos that fit extremely well into the songs; They just follow the beat while managing to make their mark. I must say this is some pretty addictive stuff. There are a few moments that sound a bit off, however, where the vocals are kind of unremarkable, or even part of a song are of the "uh?" variety, but that's what, 4-5 minutes off the whole album? The sound is also a bit unpolished at times and gives a bit of a cheap feel at times, but this is an independent release after all. Not enough to derail an overall excellent album. From slightly ballad-ish rockers to songs with a very epic feel, with some detours through some abrasive rockers filled with guitar solos, "Miles Beyond" is one album that gives you a run for your money. Highly recommended


Track Listing:
  1. Out of Control
  2. Tales of Old
  3. Miles Beyond
  4. Take Me Back Home
  5. Vlad the Impaler
  6. Still Strong
  7. The Spaniard
  8. Hail to the King
  9. Rock Revolution
  10. Stowaway
  11. Crazy Horse
  12. A Call to Odin
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