Beyond Description is a band from Japan which has been going since around 1988, though we will admit to their new album An Elegy For Depletion being the first time they have come onto the radar of The RR. Originally a pure hardcore punk band, the quartet over the years has evolved their sound into that of a hungry thrashcore/crossover metal assault which on the evidence of their new release is well worth strong attention.
The follow-up to Proof Of The Truth of 2011, An Elegy For Depletion offers up eleven rapacious thrash/punk tracks which have the urgency of a bullet Train and the belligerent attitude of a discontented society. It is not a release offering anything particularly new to be honest but for high octane attitude soaked rock ‘n’ roll this is an album to be digested as often as possible. Released via Italian label Punishment 18 Records, it presents brawls that fans of the likes of Biohazard, Municipal Waste, and Cancer Bats will devour eagerly as well as spark investigation in for their previous albums and EPs.
As soon as opener Absurd slaps its muscular rhythms and frame around the ear you know the ride you are in for musically and energetically, and it is a mere breath in before riffs and drums proceed to rampage mercilessly upon the senses. The vocals of Hideyuki Okahara come with a raw Hetfield like grazing to add further immediate entrapment for the passions and through it is relatively brief attack, with ease the rhythmic might of drummer Hiroshi Yoshioka and the bass lures of Yusuke Adachi stand out alongside the vocals, all seizing moments to cage and provoke beyond the basic fury of the song.
Both Fossilize and Potential keep the fervent rage and storm going, their ravaging riffs and rhythmic debilitation a torrential incitement leading to potential whiplash and greater hunger, the first of the pair with the ever darkening predatory nature of the bass and riffs and its successor through a barbaric expanse of bitch-slaps masquerading as drumming. Three songs in and the album is already making the strongest persuasion though as Bridge takes over you do sense an overall similarity certainly across the surface assaults which detracts a little from the strong enterprise and variety parading within tracks. With a potent acidic groove making a brief lure within the rampant stance of the song, Bridge marks a run of tracks which stand out more than most on the release starting with Arbitrage which smothers the air with a blanket of carnivorous intensity and the following Provocation which does exactly what it says on the tin, prowling basslines and barbaric rhythms coring riff blazes from the continually impressive Yasunari Honda and punk vocals, all challenging and barracking the senses for a mighty intrusion. It is a splendid mesh of thrash rabidity and punk spite honed into a fevered furnace of metallic aggression.
The likes of the voracious Shut, even with its odd midpoint drum interlude, and the rhythmic tsunami Purpose keep things burning invitingly in the ear, though to be honest every track leaves a full satisfaction behind. It all makes for an album which sets the passions in motion, though maybe not to the fullest heat the release should have, and as Drip makes its final vociferous argument before the closing instrument Depletion, there is an eager intent to find out and hear more of the band, past and future bred. As stated you will not find anything new or previously un-mined in the genre but with that replaced by a passion and enterprise which makes the songs stir up limbs and energy, An Elegy For Depletion and Beyond Description are not to be dismissed or passed over.
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