Beyond the Embrace
Massachussetts' Beyond the Embrace has come out of relative
nowhere with their triple guitar assault and an impressive
debut on Metal Blade Records. Chris X had the chance to talk
it up with vocalist Shawn Gallagher about the band's
sound,the new album, and the unbelievable story of how they
How long have you been together?
About 2 and a half years.
And has it been the same lineup the whole time,or...?
We actually just had a drummer change. Mike, who was in the
band from the beginning, just left, I guess you could say it
was creative differences. We got a new guy Kevin, he's
awesome. He's more of a prog-rock drummer, but he's better,
we really like his sound.
So how did you end up on Metal Blade?
It's pretty weird actually, we recorded our first demo a
year and a half ago,we sent out a shitload to abunch of
labels, never anything big though. We also sent out a bunch
to different magazines for review. Someone at Metal Blade
saw the review it got in BWBK and they contacted us,which
was pretty wicked. We never thought about sending our stuff
to them, we always thought they were too big or whatever, so
it was kinda weird. So they sent a rep to come met us, he
watched us play,we gave him all our stuff,and he offered us
the contract right there.
You haven't really toured extensively, just pretty much
played shows in the Northeast. Now that you're on a bigger
label, are there any plans for extensive touring?
Yeah,we've never toured. But they're working on something
for the end of June, possibly with Dying Fetus. And
something else for the end of July, that's not confirmed
yet. We might play Milwaukee too,depending on the July tour.
How did you end up with three guitarists? Was it a conscious
decision, or did it just kinda end up that way? What's the
songwriting process like with three guitarists?
Me and Oscar started the band, we jammed with one guitarist
for a while. And with the sound we wanted, we wanted to do
harmonies and solos over solid rhythms. It was my idea to do
the threee guitarist thing. But its hard sometimes. We've
had to play shows without backline. We need our own sound.
The new album,what's it called?
"Against the Elements."
And when does it officially come out?
May 21st. Hopefully it does,'t get pushed back.
Are you happy with the way the album turned out?
Yeah,I think overall,we're happy with it. Of course, there's
always things you wish you could change. I'm a wicked
perfectionist. We produced it pretty much ourselves. We
could have spent a lot more on it, but we kept it cheap,
recorded in a local studio. The final mix was done by Juan
Urteaga, and he really enhanced it and brought it out.
I'm assuming you're influenced by the whole Swedish metal
sound, and I know you've covered a couple Iron Maiden songs.
What other stuff are you guys into?
We all have a lot of different stuff that we listen to, and
it all comes out. the guitarists are mostly thrash guys,
stuff that came out before 94, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer,
Sepultura. And I love all that stuff, but when I heard In
Flames for the first time,they blew me away. I've always
been into more melodic stuff like Helloween, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Iron Maiden. I think in Flames is the best at
what they do,the hybrid of like death metal with aggressive
vocals and melody,I like other bands like that,like
Evergrey, Blind Guardian. We started out in the beginning
as a melodic death metal band,and I'd like to progress more
in the melodic direction. Just, more and more bands are
doing that sort of sound.
Yeah, you even have like hardcore bands doing that sound
Yeah, and I love all those bands, but like I say, when I
heard In Flames , they totally revolutionized music.
What other releases do you have out besides the Metal Blade
We have a demo that we put out. and we combined that with,we
also put out a 3 song cassette. And we had promos we put
together to give out at the NJ metalfest.
So with an album coming out on a big label like Metal Blade,
what are your expectations for the band at this point?
Well,we hope we will be able to reach more people, tour, and
just get going. What we're doing...we just want to get out
and tour. It's hard for us right now to even get shows in
our own scene. Metal Blade is a cool label, they support
you. And supposedly they only sign bands they believe
in,so... I can't complain.
Do you have a website, or any merchandise you want to
Everything's on www.beyondtheembrace.com We're a doing a
big revamping, with the new album coming out and everything.
Any final comments?
Thank you to anyone who reads this for supporting us. Email
us, give us comments, we want feedback, we want to know what people
think. We have some shows coming up, I don't know how close you are, we're
playing in NJ, its either June 14 or 15 with Beyond the Flesh and Divinity Destroyed.
That guy Rowan is doing it,so ask him about it if you talk to him. I don't
know the exact details,i wish I had it in front of me, also, the last week
of June, we're playing something called Snake Fest, it's in North Carolina,
its some big fest with all these different metal bands from all over. And all
that info's on the website.
Written By: Chris X