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Miles Beyond - S\T - 2004 - Rock Revolution Records

Track Listing
Out of Control
Tales of Old
Miles Beyond
Take Me Back Home
Vlad the Impaler
Still Strong
The Spaniard
Hail To The King
Rock Revolution
Stowaway
Crazy Horse
A Call To Odin
I have to say that this CD may have the worst cover I've ever seen. I have no idea what it is or even how to describe it. It looks like a pen drawing of a depressed Lovecraft beast done on some dudes High School notebook with the empty spaces filled in with odd patterns. It's damn schizophenic, anyway. You really have know idea what to expect from the music within looking at it. Thankfully, the music inside is more recognizable.

Miles Beyond has the classic/traditional metal sound with cutting, treble-high guitars, lead melodies and a sound that is closer to Maiden than about any other band from the era. Tim Moody's voice is is strong and solid mid-range with the right intensity for this style.

"Out of Control" and "Take Me Back Home" kicks the CD in high gear covering the more commercialized Maiden sound ala 'Wasted Years' and "A Call To Odin" smokes. The second number with its ascending/decending riffs is predictable and the title track was just too self-referencing to get me going. Maybe at a show it would work, but on record it's as corney as Manowar's worst. Besides those, it's basically hit and miss with some sophomoric songwriting ("Your head is pounding and your ears bleed/We see we've planted our Metal seed"), generic melodies and way too many 'historical figure' songs.

In its early days, Maiden was pretty inventive with their song structures, but when MB branches out in sound they lose me. When kept to the basics--they cook.

A torch is carried by runners all across the world burning until it reaches the undying Olympic flame. For only being together for a couple of years Miles Beyond is too derivative of the older stuff to stand out and lead the pack, but they are great band to join in that relay of U.S. bands like Overlorde, Catch 22, Attacker, Skullview, October 31, Gods Of Fire and Aftershok that keep the traditional pyre of classic metal hot and feuled.

Score: 6.5 of 10


BAND:
Tim Moody - Guitars & Vocals
Paul O. - Guitars
Larry Moody - Bass
Tod Fisher - Drums

http://www.milesbeyond.net
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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