I’ve not been so excited about a young British band for a long time, and I don’t think it’ll be long before they become a household name – at least in the households I frequent – so, ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you Essex noisemongers Beyond Extinction.
Easily the best thing to come out of that county since Detectorists, BE purvey filthy, dank, brutally modern death metal that will put un unfeasibly high number of volts through you on first contact.
I’m an old bugger now, of course, with an Elephantine memory, and I can honestly say I haven’t been charged up this much by a UK death metal band since the first time I heard Napalm Death‘s Breed to Breathe back in 1997…
Beyond Extinction don’t particularly sound like Shane n’ Barney, you understand, but that’s the sort of spark they cause between the ears; Actually they carry a far more modern-sounding menace, kinda like Parkway Drive but with more blood caked in the welts of their trainers. Apex Predator (hang on…) and Bones Like Branches see the band wrenching new strains of brutality out of their instruments with scant regard for the consequences, and the other two tracks on this disappointingly short little affair, A Face Without Features and God Complex, ain’t far behind.
Of course the most shocking/appealing thing to note about the band is THAT THEIR AVERAGE AGE IS SEVENTEEN. Vocalist Jasper Harmer voids more corruption from his lungs via that coruscating, tar-ridden belch of his in this fifteen minute audio tirade than most singers manage in half a career, with the resulting upshot being a genuinely disturbing yet strangely uplifting quartet of tracks for you to ‘enjoy’. I genuinely can’t wait to see where they take this thing next, but for now let’s just all enjoy this cracking slice of death metal.
The Fatal Flaws of Humanity releases on January 29th.