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Godgory - Way Beyond (9/10) - Sweden - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 39:35
Band homepage: Godgory

Tracklist:

  1. Final Journey
  2. Payback
  3. Another Day
  4. Tear It Down
  5. Caressed By Flames
  6. Farewell
  7. Sea Of Dreams
  8. Holy War
Godgory - Way Beyond
Incredible! "Final Journey", the opener, deserves just this one expression: incredible! Slow, intense, super-melodic, with heavy guitars, deep, but decipherable vocals and an atmosphere as you can find only very, very rarely! And then in the middle-part the sound of a heart-lung-machine as rhythm-giver with atmospheric keyboards and filigree piano as well as a whispered voice, brilliant! This song alone already is worth the money for this album!

But that's not been all, GODGORY show us in their fourth album that they have reached the top flight of Swedish Death Metal, and that without sounding like Göteborg or the old school, basically you can only compare them to themselves and this is one of the biggest compliments you can make a band nowadays!

The keyboard plays an integral role in the sound of the duo, but it underlines the melodies borne by the guitars, plus a variable rhythm and only the voice still reminds of the beginnings as Death Metal, musically they have found their very own niche. The last album "Resurrection" had been a strong one already, but "Way Beyond" undoubtedly marks the pinnacle of musical creation of GODGORY so far.

If you'd like to have it a little heavier, then I recommend the quite short, but crunchy "Payback", while "Tear It Down" excels in its dreamy guitar-lead that makes you drift away... Oha, I've been gone now... Then take the almost equally dreamy "Caressed By Flames", the calm instrumental "Sea Of Dreams" with its keyboards and acoustic guitars and for the end some heavier guitars on "Holy War"...

GODGORY have managed to release an album that sounds like only one thing: GODGORY. The sound of the guitars, the type of keyboards, the voice, it all bears the banner of the band, atmospheric Death Metal of the highest degree, no doubt about!

Alexander Melzer



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