This is brutally good! Merging Deathcore with modern flavored Metalcore, but with solid roots back to classy and powerful Heavy Metal, this 5 piece band from Tours, France formed in 2010 are making their debut with a consistent 5 track plus intro EP. It’s almost like August Burns Red would play Manowar covers.
And Emile Duputié (vocals), Adrien Joulin (drums), Matthieu Dupou (bass), Mickey Martin (rythmic guitar) and Anthony Mateus (lead guitar) mention as influences bands such as: August Burns Red, The Ghost Inside, Lamb of God, Norma Jean, Pantera, Haste the Day, Chimaira, Hatebreed, The Bled, Every Time I Die, Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Comeback Kid, Cancer Bats, Trivium, All That Remains, etc.
Powerful, furious riffs, mainly death like growls and intense, pounding drums are the ammunition of Beyond The Styx and they gonna grind you into the ground.
After the menacing quietness of the intro, “Between Scylla & Charybdis” explode like a thunder and the merciless massacre begun. “Between Scylla & Charybdis” with Hardcore intensity, powerful Metal riffs and Death Metal rooted screams and growls, Beyond The Styx manage to create a solid balance of elements and sounds delivering a focused and explosive track where Heavy Metal taste-like riffs and Deathcore contortions are sometimes even simultaneously at home. The Pantera-like break-downs are only the extra cherry on the pie.
My other favorites are “HECA3” and “Xcalibur (call to sword)”, but this EP it’s absolutely consistent and intense throughout. A good start and a solid foundation to build-upon.
1 – Prelude to the shades (intro)
2 – Between Scylla & Charybdis
3 – Petroleum
4 – Xcalibur (call to sword)
5 – Labyrinthectomy
6 – HECA3