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Review: Beyond Hell - The Sleeper Awakens
Beyond Hell
The Sleeper Awakens

Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:42
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: September 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Sleeper Awakens

Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)

Just the kind of album I hate to review – no matter how many times I've listened to it, I can't find much to say about it. It's not bad, but it's not great either. These guys play a rather doomy form of Death Metal, though not enough to be fully categorized as Doom/Death. They play slow one second then switch to a furiously fast pace the next (and so on...), which gives kind of a bipolar feeling or whatever. It works sometimes, but at some point you're left wondering if they knew what they were doing. That kind of made it tedious to listen to at times.

This is a pretty dark album, with very deep growls that accentuate the heaviness of the music – and I do mean heavy – "pins you to the ground" heavy, and that's what prevent the album from being completely unremarkable, this crushing feeling that's omnipresent throughout. The last four tracks are from the ...And Evil Crept Through EP (which explains the presence of a track named "Outro" at #9.) Were it not for the outro, those four added tracks wouldn't feel too out of place with the rest of the album. Not exactly the best stuff out there, but it has its moments.

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