I have a pain in my butt, the kind that Preparation H will not ameliorate: The old fucking fay job is impinging on my precious blog time. This is the main reason why we have a grand total of only two posts today, this being the second one. It will continue to have its way with me over the next couple of days, so NCS content may continue to be scarce and my butt will continue to hurt. My NCS comrades are also being diverted by such distractions as sleeping late, cleaning their rooms, and evading creditors. One of them is also currently on tour in the UK with one of his bands.
The one who is on tour is Mr. Andy Synn, the band in question is Beyond Grace (formerly known as Bloodguard), and the tour in progress is headlined by The Monolith Deathcult, with additional support from Talanas and an appetizing assortment of other bands at each venue. Details about that are available here.
But the main point of this post, other than advising of my hurting butt and reminding you about that tour, is to alert you to the fact that Beyond Grace have just released their debut, three-song EP, the name of which is Monstrous.
I suppose that with Andy being a friend and colleague, I have a conflict of interest in attempting to review this EP. But I will say this much: If you have a taste for jolting, high-voltage death metal that combines punishing grooves, flying fretwork, progressive-minded instrumental interludes, and vicious vocals that sound like a cross between a famished bear and a banshee being chased by a demon horde, you should listen to this EP.
Monstrous is now available to download — or for physical purchase — from the Beyond Grace Bandcamp page, linked below. The hideously beautiful cover art is by Dan White Graphic Design. And you can listen to a full stream via the following player.