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Beyond The Grey 'At One' Album Review By JD Rich

Beyond The Grey

At One

Independent Release

January 21, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

We’re less than three weeks away from finally escaping this atrocious year. I have to ask, am I the only one who feels like 2020 has lasted a decade? The one thing that’s kept me from taking up residence in the loony bin is all the awesome new music I’ve had the privilege to review. Of course, I wouldn’t have the opportunity if it weren’t for the maestro of Boston Rock Radio, Papa Rocker Wayne Benson and my Metal Mama, Nina McCarthy. Both are constantly working hard to keep us Rock junkies hooked, and here’s another fix for you, coming from Kansas City, Kansas. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Beyond The Grey, ushering in 2021 with their upcoming 4th EP, At One.

 

This is pure Hard Rock, not a Thrash/Death Metal hybrid- just five guys with a passion for Rock and the talent to do something about it. What sets Beyond The Grey apart from other modern Rock bands is their ability to summarize current events without fury, despair, or vulgarity. At One is not a ham-fisted political message/protest/rally/sermon, but rather, an audio snapshot from the perspective of all us working shlubs. The music isn’t full of rage or bitterness. Inspiration comes from previous Hard Rock legends with a feeling of optimism. The message is that yes, we have been through some rough times, but let’s not succumb to it.​

 

You could find yourself jamming to this music anytime, anywhere. Catchy guitar riffs, prominent basslines, powerful percussion, and smooth, clear vocals unite to strip away cultural barriers (red vs. blue, black vs. white, rich vs. poor, us vs. them, etc.). Beyond The Grey plucks us out of the belligerent atmosphere so prevalent lately and invites us to a soundscape where all are welcome regardless of background. Not an easy task, but they do it without pandering. Such is the power of music and determination.

 

I would be a complete buffoon if I didn’t mention their cover of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” and I shouldn’t have to tell you who recorded the original. Anyone who’s been following my reviews knows that I love hearing updated interpretations of Classic Rock stuff. For me, it provides insight into how musicians put their own uniqueness into it while honoring those who came before. I don’t see it as being unoriginal at all. If anything, it’s far more difficult to adequately put a fresh spin on an older song without sounding like a copycat...or completely screwing it up. There’s no middle ground. There’s always the chance of severely pissing off fans of the original song/band. Beyond The Grey pulled off the Judas Priest cover beautifully, injecting new life into the 1982 classic. The balance between familiarity and individuality is perfect. Rob Halford et al. should be more than pleased.​

 

Some singles from At One have been available for some time now, but the full EP will be out on January 21st, just around the time all of our New Year’s resolutions have shattered. Until then, from me to you, have a Happy New Year and remember: a little kindness means more than you think.

 

https://www.beyondthegrey.band/

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