YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen
Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active: 2003-present
Sounds like: If you wish more modern bands had the same epic feel of the classic metal rockers you grew up with, Beyond Fallen creates badass, mosh-ready music just for you. Sounding more like they came from Europe than Wilkes-Barre, their rebellious, unapologetic songs describe the depravity of Caligula and the dystopian destruction that awaits us in a possible war-torn future with equal passion through soaring vocals, fast-paced shredding, and an unadulterated love for the genre that can be seen on their sleeves as they raise the horns into the air and get you to fist-pump along.
These guys are both strong performers and ambassadors for metal, organizing shows that no headbanger should miss, so let’s place the “Hatecrown” on top of their heads and declare them the kings of NEPA metal already!
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Manowar, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Dream Theater, Metallica, Anthrax, Dio, Primal Fear, Candlemass, Symphony X, and Ghost
Number of albums/EPs released: Five (one demo EP in 2004 and four full-length albums, “Lost in the Shadows” in 2005, “Mindfire” in 2007, “Machines of Corruption” in 2013, and upcoming record “As the Spires Fall”)
Latest album/EP: “As the Spires Fall,” release date TBA
Fun fact: The band has performed in many metal festivals over the years, including the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany in 2007, and started their own annual festival, NEPA Metal Meltdown, in 2014.
Oct. 28: Heavy Halloween at the Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton) with Shallow Ground and Wrath of Typhon, 9 p.m.
Listen to Beyond Fallen guitarist Steve Jasuilewicz talk about the band and the NEPA Metal Meltdown festival in Episode 54 on the NEPA Scene Podcast.
Photo by Keith Barbuti Photography
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.