Who loves American Death Metal has to have at least 4 albums in the collection: "Altars Of Madness" (MORBID ANGEL), "Scream Bloody Gore" (DEATH), "Seven Churches" (POSSESSED) and "From Beyond" (MASSACRE). These albums are the basic food groups of US Death Metal. All other combos are irrelevant.
So we are with MASSACRE. Founded in the deep 80s the combo only released its debut album in 1991. And the four guys opened Pandora's Box miles wide. Hellishly fast, without compromises we got 9 times infernal Death right into the face. As dark as VENOM's "Black Metal" and similarly, if not equally brutal as DEATH's "Scream Bloody Gore", with a little shot of "Morbid Tales" (CELTIC FROST), that is "From Beyond".
The connoisseur already knows what awaits him, no technical highlights, but the sound after Paul Speckmann's (MASTER) motto: "Death Metal has to be fast, straight and brutal". I could still mention that three quarters of the band had been playing for "Evil" Chuck Schuldiner's band (which one, eh?), on "Leprosy" and "Spiritual Healing" (minus Rick Rozz) and Terry Butler in the mean time plays the bass in SIX FEET UNDER, but fact is: "From Beyond" belongs into every serious Death Metal collection.
The LP version had the free single "Provoked Accurser" as bonus and the re-release of the CD version contain the "Inhuman Condition" EP as Bonus (have both of them separately). (Online December 29, 2003)