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Sickening - The Beyond - Amputated Vein Records Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Friday, 02 December 2016
Severed Cinema Review of the Sickening Album The Beyond from Amputated Vein Records

Band: Sickening
Album: The Beyond
Members: Alessandro Materassi (Guitars), Claudio Miniati (Vocals), Edorado De Nardi (Bass), Thomas Passanini (Drums)
Year: 2015
Country: Italy
Runtime: 36min 33sec

Label: Amputated Vein Records
Official Website:

Website Track Listing:
1. Into The Unknown
2. Crucified By Preconception
3. The Passage
4. Condemed Blind
5. The Slow Pace Of Suffering
6. ....And Then New Light
7. The Prophecies Of Eibon
8. Beyond The Threshold
9. Descent Into The Abyss

Being both a horror and brutal death metal fan, a concept album about Lucio Fulci's seminal horror/gore classic, The Beyond, was inevitable. What would give it even more street cred is the fact that Sickening hail from the land of Italy themselves, so it only seems fitting and necessary. By first glancing at the cover art one can only commend the band on breathing new life into that final sequence in the movie. This cover brings out some of the more gory and juicy details fans could have only hoped was featured in the actual film.

With the great opening track Into The Unknown, featuring an intro from The Beyond, you know you're in for a true brutal technical death metal assault. Not only is this album fast, with rapid fire blast beats, and some of the most deep end gurgling vox you have ever feasted your ears on, it also has the technical jaw dropping wizardry, with tight breakdowns and tempo changes galore. It keeps jumping back and fourth with successful ease and sharp shooter precision. Laying on thick samples from Fulci's classic only adds to its mastery.

The are only pure guttural vocals on Sickening's The Beyond from vocalist Claudio Miniati. There are no high pitched sequences, but he does interchange with those quick little burps once in a while. The bass and guitars on this sound familiar to Deicide's classic sophomore album Legion, especially the very prevalent bass work which really manages to stand out in the mix and sounds absolutely amazing. The guitar work and drumming are phenomenal, controlled chaos and it all fits together very well. Much the same as the opening track Into The Unknown is almost like beginning a listening experience of Fulci's The Beyond movie, and the concluding track Descent Into The Abyss fitfully sums up the albums finale, with the moans screaming from the abyss of hell as the classical sounds of Fabio Frizzi ring true.

Following Fulci's movie chronologically in the 9 tracks on the release, I recommend sitting back and listening from beginning to end for full pleasurable aural assault effect. Fans of Fulci's film and brutal death metal need this release in their life -- it's Fulci's film put to life through brutal death and I commend the band for partaking in such an endeavor. I'm sure Fulci fans are frothing at the mouth. Not only have we got this death metal soundtrack but even Zombie comics from Eibon Press are now getting released, and soon The Gates of Hell. It's no doubt that Fulci Lives!



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