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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B000EOUTZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tim 'Ripper' Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past ten years. When he succeeded Rob Halford, joining Judas Priest in May 1996, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed. Owens had previously been a fairly unknown quantity to international music journalists but recorded his first Priest album, Jugulator, with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording, Demolition (2001), and the live recordings, Meltdown - 98 Live (1998) and Live In London (2003), Halford's return put an end to Owens' stint with Judas Priest. More or less immediately, he was enlisted by Jon Schaffer to team up with Iced Earth and sang on The Glorious Burdon in spring 2004.

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Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past ten years. When he succeeded Rob Halford, joining Judas Priest in May 1996, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed. Owens had previously been a fairly unknown quantity to international music journalists but recorded his first Priest album, Jugulator, with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording, Demolition (2001), and the live recordings, Meltdown - 98 Live (1998) and Live In London (2003), Halford’s return put an end to Owens’ stint with Judas Priest. More or less immediately, he was enlisted by Jon Schaffer to team up with Iced Earth and sang on The Glorious Burdon in spring 2004. Yet there was never any doubt in Owens’ mind that he wanted to release an album featuring his own material as soon as possible. He now carries out his ambitious plan with Beyond Fear, the debut by his same-named new band. "I didn’t feel like a solo recording, I’d much rather perform my songs with a permanent band. That’s how Beyond Fear came about."

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. "There’s a whole number of tracks that I’m 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 I’m 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. "It’s 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 album’s sound and dynamics, particularly as Morris understood and translated the compositional concept perfectly. "I’ve 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."

Customer Reviews

Tim is amazing!
donna russell
This album has it all: screaming vocals, killer thrashey riffs, great drum work, well crafted songs and just insane power.
Deimos
Priest had a much heavier sound and it was an a sound that I embraced even being a Halford's Priest from the late 1970's.
Dell S. Wade

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ghost of Metal Past on August 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A few of the 80s warhorses are still putting out quality product, but how many times have you wondered if there is a new band out there that you could get into? I know I've taken a chance on quite a few new (not 'nu') metal bands that left me $15.00 poorer but not much else. Most of the time the music seems promising and then the 'vocals' kick in. I guess they are supposed to sound evil but all I can think of is General Grievous (Star Wars Episode III). It's cartoonish - plain and simple.

I recently read an interview with Ripper Owens on the Web and found out he had his own outfit, Beyond Fear, on tour in Europe. I looked it up and listened to a few clips that sounded promising. Bought it the next day. Yes! I finally found it. A fresh sounding new band with excellent vocals. Get this CD if you want real metal without cookie monster or General Grievous ruining the experience.

I give it 4 stars because there are a couple weak tracks but the good material is not merely good - it's sublime! Scream Machine and Human Race are two of the best songs I have heard in 15 years. No lie. This project deserves to succeed. I've never heard of the other guys in the band but they are pretty hot players. Ripper, if he want to, can safely put the spectre of Priest and Iced Earth behind him. His new band is too good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Newby on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a metal maniac growing up in the 80's and watching power metal fade in the 90's and nearly disappear in the 2000's, replaced by a boatload of junk that they call "metal", Beyond Fear is a refreshing and powerfully moving change. It's nice to see some of the 80's style power metal return with today's technology.

If you have an ounce grass-roots power metal blood left in your veins, Beyond Fear will give you a much-needed rush and will leave you begging for more. Even my metal-head 10 & 7 year old boys love this album. (What a proud dad I am!!)

The Bottom Line: This is a must-have album to any metal collection. ROCK ON BEYOND FEAR!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dell S. Wade on August 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard the Priest Jugulator album and then the Live Meltdown, I was sold totally on Ripper.

With Jugulator he proved that he could sing every note that The Metal God himself could hit and then those even higher and those lower. Priest had a much heavier sound and it was an a sound that I embraced even being a Halford's Priest from the late 1970's.

With beyond Fear, Ripper shows that he does not need Priest to do what he is capable of doing.

To me this album is better than even the Iced Earth: Gettysburg CD. This CD is a full on in your face, ram it down your throat to what metal was and should be.

Ripper has surrounded himself with 4 other highly talented musicians and together they have created a CD that I can truly bang my head to and make my neighbor's ears bleed.

While I would not classify it as Thrash as I have heard some call it, the music and sound are fast, furious and brutal.

While Halford may be the Metal God, but Ripper is the Metal Messiah, delivering the word and the goods
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lambert on May 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Tim "the Ripper Owens since his days with Judas Priest. Unfortunatly he didn't get accepted in Priest as much as he should have by fans. After Priest he went on to become the new lead singer of Iced Earth. I really thought that Tim Owens fit the band well and I hope he stays with Iced Earth. But of course like most bands there is some down time in between albums. So Tim got his other band rolling "Beyond Fear". This is a solid album it is quite heavy and songs are catchy. Beyond Fear moreless is Tim's band there is five songs that he wrote all by himself and are quite good by the way. I really hope that Tim gets to do more writing in Iced Earth because he is a good song writer and this album proves it. The other songs on this album Tim Wrote with guitarist John Comprix.This album to me doesn't have a bad song on it every song is very good. Musicly I would say it is similar to Wintersbane ( another band Tim Owens was in). The music is heavier than wintersbane but they seem similar to me. The lead guitar work makes me think of Pantera or Testiment sometimes even Iron Maiden. Vocally it is typical Tim Owens vocals very priest like which is expected since he was in priest. All though there are a few songs where Tim Owens sings differently. His vocals seem heavier and more aggressive than in the past. To me I feel fits the music very well.But if you like good solid metal that kicks you in your teeth than certainly pick this album up I don't think you will be disapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leif Werner on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
this cd is AMAZING!! i love this cd!! the first song i heard was And... you will die! off some comp cd, and i was hooked.. i could not WAIT to get this cd!! I LOVE THIS CD!! it brings back the old ballads that i have been missing in my nu-metal collection! I NEEDED hard riffs, beautiful melodies, and amazing music i guess.. this cd is great!!

get it NOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on October 13, 2006
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Ripper comes to life with this stellar release. Fat, fast and furious. A metalheads delight!!

Tim the Ripper Owens has branched out since he was removed, so to speak form the Judas Priest club. His stuff with Priest was a mixed bag of good and bad. His voice was a perfect match as far as I'm concerned for Priest, however the song writing while he was there was lacking. Jugulator was a decent comeback, but Demolition was just bad for the most part.

He then went on to sing for Iced Earth and did a very respectable job replacing Matt Barlow who had left to work for the government in homeland security. Well he has his own band now and it totally rocks. You could say that in some ways, it's the Judas Priest cd that should have been made. It does have that Priest flare about it, but it's darker and heavier. Lyrically it's alright, but nothing earth shattering, just a good dose of metal. The guys laying down the music are very capable players indeed. You wont find anything new here as far as flashy techique goes, but what you will find is a heavy groove and thick sounding guitars. This cd is packed full of fork eating madness. It has no soft stuff to speak of and or fluff, just hungry man food! It's downright Mmmm Mmmm good with no appetizers anywhere to be found, just meat and potatoes rock!!

All in all a great release from a excellent metal vocalist.
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