Saturday, January 19, 2008

Classic Album of the Week: Massacre - From Beyond

Genre: Death Metal
Year: 1991

Massacre are one of the most important bands in metal yet one of the most underrated. They are one of the founding fathers of death metal and innovators. If it wasn't for Kam Lee, most death metal vocalists would NOT have that low-pitched growl of which is very common in death metal.

This isn't your ordinary death metal album. All of the material on "From Beyond" are re-recordings from Massacre's early days. Meaning, these are some of death metal's first songs. The album opens up with "Dawn of Eternity." Starting off with an epic and slow riff soon builds up into a bloodbath of death metal! Other underground anthems from their demo days such as "Cryptic Realms", "Chamber of Ages", "From Beyond", and "Corpsegrinder" make an appearance on this recording. "Corpsegrinder", an ode to necrophilia is probably the band's most well-known song. It was also originally a Death song written by Kam in 1984 when he did vocals and drums for them. However, most of the lyrical themes are inspired by the famous writer, H.P. Lovecraft. "From Beyond" is flawless and still sounds fresh after all these years. Every song on this album has very catchy yet brutal riffs. The vocals are fucking great too! "From Beyond" slays 99% of the albums you'll find. This is a very special record in metal. Sadly, it was a victum of bad timing. Had this album been released in 1987, Massacre most likely would've gotten more recognition.

In closing, this is a must-have. From Beyond is the ultimate weapon against posers that every metalhead should have in their possession. It is the definitive death metal album. Massacre were a true cult band that made an important impact on Metal. They weren't the most popular band but if it wasn't for them, bands such as Blood Freak, Nunslaughter, Incantation, Benediction, Asphyx, God Macabre, Napalm Death, Unleashed, Immolation, and pretty much all the death metal bands after them wouldn't exist.

Overall Rating: 10+/10
Massacre - "Chamber of Ages"


Scenecrusher said...

One of the greatest Floridian DM albums of all time -- up there with Death's "Leprosy", Monstrosity's "Imperial Doom", and Obituary's "Cause of Death". You guys KNOW YOUR METAL!

Anonymous said...

These guys fucking suck.