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BENEATH THE SKY
WHAT DEMONS DO TO SAINTS
VICTORY

If you ever wondered where Cobra Commander went, no worries...he's fronting Cincinnati-based metalcore sextet Beneath the Sky. In all seriousness, this group's salaciously serpentine vocals manage to set them apart from the rest of the overcrowded heap, but not by much. The same weary guitar lines, staged keyboard overlays, and passionless melodic singing patterns heard across the board waters down a lot of what make songs like "For Each Remembered Name" so brutal, demeaning its overall power. While the band sometimes goes full-on gonzo and sounds like Carcass versus Shadows Fall with Bleeding Through as guest ref on cuts like "The Glamour of Corruption", ultimately WHAT DEMONS DO TO SAINTS is chock full of superior death metal bludgeoning riffs and blood curdling vocals ("7861") that morph into unspectacular metalcore choruses that you couldn't pick out of a police lineup. Maybe next time they'll balance it out, but as far as the current state of this flooded scene, this 11-track disc does provide contrast and should still satisfy.
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- Mike SOS