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Ripper Owens composed seven of the fourteen tracks on Beyond Fear, the remaining seven were penned together with guitarist John Comprix and complement Owens material perfectly. "Theres a whole number of tracks that Im really proud of," comments Owens, referring to songs such as Save Me, Coming At You and My Last Words in particular, which he wrote himself on guitar. "I may not be a wonderful guitarist," he confesses, "but Im capable of working out my musical ideas on the guitar to such an extent that people like them." In terms of lyrics, Owens has succeeded in landing an instant classic in Dreams Come True, describing himself and his life so far. Scream Machine, on the other hand, is a title that continues the Priest tradition of martial metal lyrics. "Its about a metal machine, a metal monster, and shows where my influences come from. This number is in the style of albums such as Painkiller and would, in my opinion, also have suited Jugulator. It was the last track I composed for Beyond Fear And You Will Die, which, according to Owens, "reflects the stylistic direction of the album more than any other song. There are high vocals, but also passages sung in deep voices, plus haunting guitars with an unmistakeable metal orientation".
The debut was recorded at the legendary Morrisound studios in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of producer Jim Morris - a definite quality feature when it comes to the albums sound and dynamics, particularly as Morris understood and translated the compositional concept perfectly. "Ive matured, especially in terms of my songwriting," Owens analyses the past decade. "I compose songs that the fans understand and that they can shake their hair to."
On top of the band being great, the item was great. Obviously, it was sealed and in perfect condition. It actually got to my house faster than expected.Published 16 months ago by Metal Messiah
I wasn't expecting this cd to thrill much but it delivers the punch. Great vocals from Ripper and great heavy songs. Love this cd. Arrived in perfect condition from the seller.Published 21 months ago by michael dube
By far the best metal music out there! Tim is amazing! Tracks like save me, scream machine, dreams come true will simply blow you away! Read morePublished 22 months ago by donna russell
This is a very JUDAS PRIEST/PRIMAL FEAR inspired power metal group with Tim "The RIPPER" Owens - with him at the mic, how can it not be? Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by JOHN L. KOWAL
I'm a fan of some of the projects Tim "ripper" Owens has been a part of, so I figured I'd take a chance on Beyond Fear. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Sergio Vendetta
After recording 5 studio cds, 2 live cds, 1 live dvd and touring the world a number of times with metal giants Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Malmsteen, Tim "Ripper" Owens finally... Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Wuchak
I've only heard the sound clips and have already ordered the cd. Scream Machine is brilliant!!! Tim Owens is one of the best singers today hands down. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by M. B Harrop
Anyone who has ever heard Winters Bane Heart of a Killer can understand why Judas Priest picked Tim "Ripper" Owens to be their new lead singer after Rob Halford left. Read morePublished on October 12, 2008 by Big Al
Finally!! this man stands on his own two feet and lets people know that he's not a cover band singer. Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by Richard G. Hoff