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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Rescue
a. Introduction (5:28)
b. To the 7th House of Huitzilopochtli (8:30)
c. The Rescue (7:27)
2. The North
a. Northern Place (7:56)
b. All The Way From Nowhere (5:53)
3. The Mirror's House
a. Marcato (5:46)
b. The Mirror's House (Convex Fun)(13:17)
4. Transparent Symbols (3:14)
5. Another Night (4:38)

Total Time: 62:09

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Line-up / Musicians

- Dino Carlo Brassea / vocals, flute
- Jose Antono Bringas Caire / drums & percussion
- Alfonso Vidales / keyboards
- Francisco Hernandez / vocals, guitar
- Rodolfo Gonzalez Quiroz / bass

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CAST Beyond Reality ratings distribution


3.54
(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
24%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
32%
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Review by Greger
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5 stars This is probably my absolute favorite album by CAST, combining the old CAST sound with the new. This album is a true masterpiece in the neo-prog genre, and should have gained a lot more attention than it has. When you hear this album you can't understand why CAST isn't up there with all the other "big" neo-prog bands such as MARILLION and PENDRAGON. Although I loved their previous album "Endless Signs", I think that this is a giant step forward compared to that album. Here they are stretching their musical boundaries a step further, with complex compositions and outstanding musicianship. Keyboard player Alfonso Vidales is better than ever, so are the guitarist Francisco Hernandez and drummer Jose Antonio Bringas Caire. But most of all, the vocals have never been this good before as they became on this album. The album has got four long tracks composed by Alfonso Vidales, and as a bonus track, a CAMEL cover: "Another Night". Best track: "Transparent Symbols". This is one of my favorite releases of 1996, and it has got their best cover painting up to date. This is a band that Mexicans can be proud of. Highly Recommended.

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Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Review by silvertree
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2 stars I heard so much about this band on progressive forums that I decided to get one to see for myself. I must say I was disappointed. So I thought it might "grow on me"... but it still doesn't. This is neo-progressive with that typical guitar sound you get with Pendragon albums but also lush keyboards accompanied by melodious flute playing. The songs give you a feeling that they've been stretched and that they don't really have a structure. They do, but there's too much repetition. Cast have decided to sing in English for our American friends (or should I say market). Unfortunately, the singer has problems of pronunciation which is underlined by imperfect English (on a grammatical sense)... Why can't bands just simply stick to their native language which they master ? I might buy another Cast album if they decide to sing in Spanish... As for you, well, you can have a try if mispronunciation and poor English doesn't upset you. I've heard they've changed their lead singer recently.

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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Review by lor68
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3 stars Well you could also add or erase an half star: in fact this jazzy prog rock album by the Mexican ensemble (dated 1996), despite of being probably their most inspiring album, nevertheless is characterized by some uneven breaks through (think of "The North", a bit garish in the second part) and as usual with the "aggravating" circumstances regarding prominently a few prolix parts too, making the whole work a controversial album. After several issues it seems They always want to show their skill:ok their technique is remarkable (sometimes beyond their own limits), but the indulgent gratification with themselves is always hidden behind the corner...I like the flute by Carlo Brassea in the last suite "The Mirror's House", otherwise not as much as the accented and imperfect English from their Country-Mexico, regarding the lyrics...well it's the same defect as within for instance the best album by Deyss -"Vision in the Dark"- or in a few tunes by After Crying, sung in English. However, apart from all these notes, I like to remark the positive features inside: first of all the interesting rhytmical section, which is perfectly inserted into their varied music puzzle, created by fourth suites; secondly their fine track "The Rescue", which is characterized by an instrumental thrilling number, in spite of the weak vocalism (a bit better within "Transparent symbols"...), but this latter doesn't compromise the final output.

Very interesting work, even though They are self indulgent with themselves when They show their most technical passages...nevertheless the present issue can be regarded as the best example of the derivative style inside the Mexican New Prog scene!!

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Posted Sunday, August 21, 2005

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This is Cast fifth album already since they started to record as such (in 1994). But since they were playing for a very long time together, lots of material was ready for release and it was without any difficulty that Cast produced their first seven records in just over three years. I must add, to be honest that not all of these recordings will be great ones.

This album is mainly made of three songs, each one being divided into several pieces.

"The Rescue" is made of "Introduction" which is a pleasant instrumental displaying the virtuosity of the musicians. A complex structure a la Crimson for most of it. Still, a nice piano break as Emerson could have imagined will follow to close and lead the way for the next movement "Seventh House Of Huitzilopochtli". This is a pure jewel of a track. Full of harmony, of beautiful music. It has more to do with symph prog than with neo- prog IMO. But this is true as well for lots of Cast songs.

This section is VERY similar to a PFM production from the early days, which is a sign of quality of course. This is my favourite portion of this album. A fantastic and poetic one. It could have been a never ending number...

The tempo of the third movement "The Rescue" is quite different. The wild intro featuring a crazy guitar, makes me think instantly to Yes and the so typical Howe's play. Actually, the whole track will be of this vein. Again, there are worse references...The last section (three minutes) will again feature similar vocals to the ones of Franco Mussida on the two PFM "English" period : "The World..." and "Chocolate Kings".

This very long epic (over twenty one minute) is really a jewel of a song. Probably the most achieved one of the band so far.

I have the same feeling for the first part of the song "The North". The section "Northern Place" is a continuation of the previous track (at least in the philosophy and influence).

The second movement is rather chaotic : "All The Way From Nowhere" starts very nicely : lots of tempo changes from pure symph prog to classic music. But all of this is so melodic, so sweet. It will suddenly become a bit loose while attempting to experience some funky mood.

By then, it seems that Cast has completely lost control. It sounds as a semi-organized cacophony, but the track is basically going absolutely nowhere. It turns to be complicated for the purpose of making it complicated. It is a real pity that Cast did not stick to the magnificent first two minutes of this section and expanded on that base.

Instead, they have made a fine mess of it ! It partially screwed this second track which had started very promisingly.

The third track, "The Mirrors House" opens with "Marcato"which is a pure classical part. It sounds as a midle-age madrigal. Not a single second can please me. Horrific, really and completely lost here.

The second part titled "The Mirrors House" is the longest piece of music of the whole album. It will take a while to really kick off. Over four minute of a dull intro (instrumental as well as vocal). Fortunately, it will get far much better after this. Cast is made of very skilled musicians, and they will all have the chance to prove it here. Be the rhythmic section, be the great and aerial keys, be the nice flute. The guitar will be on the forefront for just a little while at the end of this long intrumental break (almost four minutes).

But when the vocal part will come in again, it will partially ruin the effort of the whole band. I am not usually too harsh with Dino, but in this particular piece he mostly sound real bad.

But even if I should put this aspect aside, I find that the track is lacking of depth and harmony. It shows maestria, I agree but it sounds more as if each member is trying to supersede his colleagues. Each at his turn. It also sound very strange that a track lasting for more than thirteen minutes ends so abruptedly. It sounds like if it were a demo session.

"Transparent Cymbals", is pretty much "Gentle Giant" oriented. Especially the vocals. Not really my cup of tea.

The closing number is a tribute to Camel. A cover from "Another Night" coming out their good album "Moonmadness". Not too bad.

Cast has some times the same defect as other bands who seem to believe that it is absolutely necessary to produce very long albums (or even double albums). I have this feeling with Mostly Autumn and The Flower Kings as well. I rather prefer a fifty minutes long work which is very rich in its content than rounding up an album to over seventy minutes (sixty in this case) of which twenty are fillers.

I consider this album as almost a tribute to PFM during the most interesting part of the album. So, if you are into PFM as well, you might love "the Rescue". But this album is not consistent enough (especially the second half of it). Three stars.

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Posted Saturday, May 05, 2007

Review by kenethlevine
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2 stars This is the only Cast album I own, and it does not whet my appetite for other acquisitions. The group consists of very talented players who seem to really want to produce quality music with feeling, but most of "Beyond Reality" collapses under the weight of excess instrumentation and emotional burnout. Almost the whole recording is "up". The concept of contrast and subtlety is practiced only briefly within songs, other than the beautiful "The Mirror's House: Mercato" and the heartfelt ballad "Transparent Symbols". It's a shame because singer Francisco Hernandez has a very strong voice that is not properly showcased, and some good melodies are wasted.

This album by Cast would have benefited from a trimming down, and application of the concept that sometimes, nay, often, less is more.

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Posted Sunday, June 24, 2007

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Cast is one of the most prolific and why not intresting symphonic/neo prog band Mexico ever had in last 20 years. Releasing almost every year an album since 1994, even 2 albums a year Cast proves that they know from the start how to make good music and offering some very worthy albums. I considered Cast to me little under rated, really thay participat to the revive of prog rock music in the'90's and with all that they had only moderate succes world wide. One of their better albums from the catalogue and since I've first spin it one of my fav from them is Beyond reality from 1996. From the excellent cover art to the music Cast did a great job here. The instrumental sections are great, symphonic prog very well melted with some neo momenets here and there. I like a lot the vintage sound of the album, how keybords were constructed in combination with the rest of the instruments, no weak parts for me here. I'm not bothered by the voice like others said, ok the vocal passages are not the main attraction here, but are well sung and has it's moments of beauty. Now the instrumental pieces and instrumental sections are truly great, each musician offers his best moves just to be checked the opening track Introduction, what a nice and intresting little pieces with lots of keybords, inventive drums and brilliant guitars. The album goes in this direction from start to finish, plenty of memorable moments, musicianship is top notch so no complains from me. They did also a Camel cover Another Night who sounds pretty ok in this context. So 4 pieces only divided in smaller parts, but worthy every second. I was very pleasent surprised about Cast music, even I know them for quite some years only now I had the time to make a proper review of this excellent band. 4 stars easy in same league with their next album aswell very good Angels and demons. They need more recognition, much better them many well know bands from this realm.

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5 stars This is for me the best album of Cast. I really like this band but if i have to tell something against them, i must say they are not a basical difference between an album and each other one. But this one is the real exception. Here the band sounds really inspirated. The spirit behind the m ... (read more)

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