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:here magazine - Auguest 2001
Deconstruction Zine - July 2001
Yorkshire Evening Press - May 2001
Unsigned British Metal Scene - May 2001
Terrorizer - February 2001
Metal Hammer - November 2000


:here magazine review of Injury Time EP - August 2001
Leather trousered hirsuite growlers from the pain dimension, Beyond Redemption are proper old-school metal-by-numbers monsters. In an age when metal is deemed so uncool, it's bizarre to see people still taking it almost too seriously.

Opening track 'World Of Pain' is a whirlwind of orchestral synths and squealing guitars with pinch harmonics, crunchy riffs and dark vocals a la Black-Album Metallica. There's an occasionally clever use of stereo panning which keeps your attention, whilst the "Welcome to my world of paaaaaaaaaaiiin" note held at the end is just too long to be true.

From there, it all goes a bit trash/death/speed metal. Drums played faster than the ear can take in, and chuggachuggachug guitars do battle with the demonic rumbling of lead vocalist Clive Jevons who sweeps from fairly impressive James Hetfield take offs to just plain possessed guttoral grunting.

Music for a fairly specialist market, if you wear Megadeth/Carcass/Fear Factory black t-shirts, do that devil-horns hand thing in photographs, have split-ends rock hair and like a bit of leather, this will do it for you. No Question.
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Deconstruction Zine review of the DungeonFest July 2001 Performance

Beyond Redemption were on next and played an interesting mixture of styles - their influences are obvious, but the combination made them hard to characterise. I guess "dark metal" is as good as anything; it's all just semantics anyway. They opened with "World of Pain" (also first track on the EP), which is an upbeat rocker which made me think of Sentenced a bit, with cleaner vocals. However, they followed this with a series of tracks which covered everything from technical death to (more frequently) post-black metal, incorporating both harsh vocals and electronica. Though some keyboard lines were lifted straight from the Kovenant, they are actually a much more interesting prospect than that; the surprising thing is that this mish-mash of styles actually works without sounding forced. The EP, "Injury Time", follows a similar track and can apparently be purchased via the website.

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Yorkshire Evening Press - May 2001
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... But while the other bands knew what they wanted to be, but didn't yet have the firepower to deliver it, the night's victors, Beyond Redemption, were an armoured division by comparision. Their spectacular brand of ultra-heavy metal owed nothing to the commercial "nu-metal" sound of today's rockers and everything to rock titans such as Metallica and Sepultura - plus a lot of time in that rehearsal room. We're talking black T-shirts, pointy guitars, and a frontman with more hair than Jesus Christ but a voice on first-name terms with Lucifer himself. Add a bare-chested bouncing Bulgarian on bass, pounding drums, epic keyboards and a lot of songs involving the word "pain", and Beyond Redemption pulled off that essential metal trick of being able to bellow about doom and destruction while making their audience smile, cheer and shake their hair in glee at the sheer preposterous rock theatre of it all. Deeply unfashionable, yet without question a stunning live act, they scooped both the popular and Secret Panel votes for that place in the semis.

Son of Rat said:
... Finally, the winners, Beyond Redemption, are a class act. Four more than competent musicians who last year won the York University battle of the Bands. Their "post death metal" stance means you probably wouldn't take your mum to see them. but hey, it takes all sorts and if this is what you like then Beyond Redemption do it very well. And as Justin noted, they certainly featured the musician of the evening in Evgeni Vachkov. Brace surprised us all in 1997. Beyond Redemption in 2001?
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Unsigned British Metal Scene - May 2001
The band kick off their set with a keyboard intro, straight away it becomes obvious that the whole band can hold together highly intricate time changes and are an experienced gigging machine due to their motivated stage presence. In between songs the singer growls at the audience, almost in a tongue in cheek manner. Daryl quote 'One of the best bands doing the rounds at the moment.' - 9 out of 10 John (Crowbar Smile)
You can find this and other live reviews on the Unsigned British Metal Scenen Web Site
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Terrorizer - February 2001
Hailing from York, this "post-black metal" outfit offer conclusive proof that there are ways to introduce electronics into your sound without turning into the Kovenant. For all their technical prowess, simplicity is the key here, injecting a wicked keyboard line into their groove, and creating something quite unusual in the process. Self-confessed tren-difiers, that's usually a euphamism for dated. Not here. Beyond Redemption are careering ahead.
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Metal Hammer - November 2000
Beyond Redemption are a real band who broadcast the fact by playing overblown metal with fret-melting axe work over orchestral soundscapes. Well produced with lotsa time spent on the harmonised vocals, it borders on the pretentious and should attract many a label scout from somewhere like Germany! - Review of the Injury Time EP
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Press Clippings

Here are some links to scans of articles about us from various sources

Battle Of the Bands 2000 | Uni of York Woodstock 2000

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