Beyond Dishonor is by far one of the most versatile bands to emerge as of recently. Their intriguing sound is a mix of metalcore and electronic influences. Their songs are both lively and destructive, with plenty more vibes in the mix. The Generations E.P. is a good introduction to the band’s playing style and lyrical content. With several influences to popular media, anyone can enjoy these references. This E.P. is both fun and serious, two qualities that few bands possess.
The Generations E.P. begins with the track Heisenberg. The insanity hits the listener immediately with a heavy riff. The song quickly unfolds with a vigorous feel, encompassing both rapidity and aggression. The mix of a melodic chorus drastically turns this song inside out, hooking the listener with catchy chords. This song is like methamphetamine coursing through your veins: it’s demented, enjoyable, and ultimately addictive.
Ed 209 vs The Staircase will have the listener at the edge of their seat. From start to end, this song contains an inhuman energy that will surely provoke anyone. Very rarely are there songs that continually has a powerful momentum, and I can tell this song will be fun to see live. Also, my nerd side loves the RoboCop reference.
What Clayton Bigsby Doesn’t Know is the most gratifying song on the album. Loud, open chords make way for a feel-good vibe throughout the entire song. This is a song you can easily bop your head to or to jump around. But don’t think the lyrical content isn’t important: this track combats racism, and obviously taking influence from a Dave Chapelle skit. With strong lyrics such as “we all look the same with the lights off” promotes positivity, and the thrilling atmosphere is well-matched.
That Sinking Feeling is the darkest song on the album. The overall sound is very low, it is comprised by a lot of stamina but that’s also met with animosity. It conveys two feelings: a sense of dread, but also that feeling needs to be exorcised. While this song is hostile, it’s also therapeutic. The title track is taken from an old film about a group of teenage boys who are suicidal. This song allows the listener to feel that remorse, but also allows them to get it out of their system.
The only room for improvement I could see with this E.P. is from the last two songs. Last Chance for a Lost Cause has en enjoyable melodic atmosphere, but the song drags. The harmonies stay the same throughout the song, and there’s nothing more to really hold the listener. Things got a little better with the last song, God’s Greatest Gift. It has an even amount of metal and electronic influences for an excitable sound that’s also very groovy. The song is about a stripper, and with chants such as “shake that ass for me” I can see fans going crazy with those chants during a live set. As far as the location on the E.P., I think it would have done better in the middle of the album. Nothing really stood out to me, and sounded pretty bland at the end of the E.P. But the song by itself is a good song.
Beyond Dishonor is definitely a rising band. They easily get the attention of their listeners, and because of this have built a strong fanbase early on. Not every song fully stood out to me, but this band is definitely on their way to the top with catchy songs and a solid message. Overall, Beyond Dishonor is a unique force that met the metal community, so therefore they will thrive.
3 out of 5 Rating:
2. Ed 209 vs. The Staircase
3. What Clayton Bigsby Doesn’t Know
4. That Sinking Feeling
5. Last Chance for a Lost Cause
6. God’s Greatest Gift
Playing Time: 21 minutes
Reese Dunlap – Vocals
Mike Lock – Drums
Wesley Ingraham – Guitars
Mark Salmon – Guitars
Bryan San Martin – Bass