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3.27 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beyond the Frontier Part I (5:25)
2. Hestitation (9:04)
3. Traum of Mr. Twain Part I (5:44)
4. Traum of Mr. Twain Part I (7:12)
5. About Reading and Writing (6:40)
6. Perikarion (7:36)
7. Paper Swan (7:15)
8. Beyond the Frontier Part I (4:00)
9. Trauma Pana Twaina (bonus track) (12:52)

Total Time 65:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Sebastian Najder / lead vocals
- Jakub Wegrzyn / lead guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Maciej Dunin-Borkowski / guitar
- Marcin Jaskowiec / bass
- Konrad Wojtowicz / drums

Releases information

Legacy Records, December 2012

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HELLHAVEN Beyond the Frontier ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (15%)

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Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
3 stars In their debut album, the Polish art rock/metallers Hellhaven try to escape from the norm of modern progressive metal and, in some ways, achieve it.

Beyond the Frontier shows a band that is not afraid of experimenting, blending both typical and weird melodies with unconventional progressive passages. The music ranges somewhere between heavy art prog and progressive metal, most reminiscent of acts like Riverside and Pain of Salvation, utilising a plethora of low-tempo clean-guitar riffs and heavy breaks resembling to Black Symphony. The main difference with the aforementioned acts is that Hellhaven inject very theatrical elements to their music, from horror themes to operatic vocals, sometimes with more success than others. They also use movie samples and backing vocals to create their atmosphere, which at times approaches the post rock style.

The slightly-accented and, at times, exaggerated vocal lines may alienate the listener, but at the same time violins and horror-whispers may attract others. This is not a conventional mix whatsoever. Plenty of moods within the same track, plenty of ups and downs, boring moments interchange with inspired melodies and so on... This inconsistency does not help in making the album memorable but there are elements here that show big promise for a future release.

Best moments: Beyond the Frontier, Traum of Mr Twain Part 2

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4 stars My first impression of this is that it is a harder, heavier version of Golden Earring's early period - up to and including Moontan - and that for me is not a bad thing as Golden Earring is a band that I love a great deal other than for many of their later albums. The similarity is most apparent in ... (read more)

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