Paris’ own progressive death metal band, Beyond The Dust, seem to have it all. Primly tuned gear, highly technical grooves, catchy riffs, and even cool accents. But they are lacking something quite simple, yet significant. Originality.

Don’t get me wrong, I sincerely enjoyed the hour long, mind-bending journey through the djent-y void. Tracks like “Silence,” “Last Breath,” and “After The Light” were so epic I put them on heavy rotation in my music library. Although in all honesty, I only enjoyed Khepri so much because the band sounds like a French carbon copy of Periphery, down to the heavy djent tones and the vocalist’s range. Even the song structure seemed uncannily familiar.

Beyond The Dust may have a shortage of originality, but that is not an irremediable quality and, in the future, I personally hope to see them put their own, unique spin on the genre. Khepri was well-written, catchy, and had all the makings of a good album. I simply want to see Beyond The Dust learn to take more from themselves creatively on the next release, rather than regurgitating trite musicality from the likes of TessuracT, Meshuggah, and Periphery.

Track Listing:

01. Rise
02. Clarity
03. After The Light
04. Relief
05. Last Breath
06. Zero
07. Silence And Sorrow
08. The Edge Of Earth And Sea – Part 01
09. The Edge Of Earth And Sea – Part 02
10. The Edge Of Earth And Sea – Part 03

Run Time: 57:23
Release Date: November 17, 2014

Check out the album ‘Khepri’ here.