Beyond Creation is a brilliant and extremely technical progressive death metal band hailing from Montreal, Canada. They began in 2005 and have had a handful of member changes since. Most recently adding Hugo Doyon-Karout as their new bass player, the band came raging back to full strength this year. This was actually their first show in the Chicagoland area. Presenting themselves with utmost professionalism from the very beginning, my expectations of this performance remained extremely high; of course, they did not disappoint.
Opening the show with “Omnipresent Perception,” they immediately portrayed their uncanny technical abilities with seamless precision and blinding speed. After the crowd roared with sincere approval, vocalist/guitarist Simon Girard kindly thanked everyone for coming out. After such an intense and violent first song, it was amazing to see how calm and friendly every member in the band was. With Simon on a gorgeous 8 string fan fret guitar, Kevin Chartre with 8 strings as well, and Hugo on a 6 string fretless, this crew had no problem getting a full sound. It certainly helped having the immensely talented Philippe Boucher on kit behind them keeping a machine gun pace with pinpoint accuracy.
“L’exorde” was one of the most unbelievable musical performances I have ever seen. This was one of a few tracks I especially wanted to see them pull off live. I’ll be honest, I did not expect such a flawless execution, and I was blown away. Beyond the pure shredding capabilities this band possesses, listening to a track like “Fundamental Process” will show you a more aesthetic and melodic side as well. These guys hold a very broad spectrum of abilities.
An additional shout out should be given to whomever was working the sound panel as well; the balance, tone, and clarity that they were able to pull off was pretty impressive for a metal band of this caliber. Overall, I would place this show on the same pedestal along with such metal Gods as Nile, Cryptopsy, Necrophagist, and Spawn of Possession. Ending with “Coexistence,” they had the entire venue writhing and enthralled in a circle pit that appeared as though it may never end. Once the crowd cooled off and the guitars were put away, the entire band came back out to mingle with the fans. I don’t imagine I would be alone in saying that Chicago fans would welcome Beyond Creation back again as soon as possible. In my opinion, this band should be considered as one of the strongest up-and-coming metal prospects out there today.