BEYOND THE FLESH
WHAT THE MIND PERCEIVES
New Jersey metal clan Beyond the Flesh are trailing closely behind bands like Shadows Fall, Unearth, and others involved in the New Wave of American Metal movement judging by the quartet’s latest 10-track release. Blisteringly heavy, yet armed with the kind of melodics that you’d be accustomed to hearing from a Swedish metal outfit, tracks like “The Scars that Remain” juxtapose the coarseness of At the Gates with the thrash metal acumen of the late ‘80s Bay Area scene. Featuring some flashy fretwork, a good guttural growl (check out the low end of “The Sick”), and an endless stream of relentless metal, WHAT THE MIND PERCEIVES is an album a little low on creativity, but more than make up for it by combining different extreme genres in a cohesive manner.