The story of Tim "Ripper" Owens should be familiar to most --
famously hand-picked to replace Rob Halford in
he made two studio albums and toured extensively with the group,
only to be dropped when Halford himself made his inevitable return.
Since his Priest stint, he has settled down in two bands, one
where he's more of a hired gun, and this here
Beyond Fear, where he's the man in charge.
A self-titled album was released in the spring of 2006, barely
a year after Owens put the band together.
Musically, this is straightforward heavy metal, with the occasional
thrash element, with Owens in predictably fine form -- his vocal
talents have never been in question and on that score Beyond Fear
The songs themselves range from ok to good, no real duds but few real
Overall, it's a bit on the safe side --
Ripper fans and traditional metallers
will enjoy this, but the album doesn't quite make the huge impact one
might have hoped for.
By no means a bad album at all, but the best may be yet to come if
Owens keeps this band together.
Sea Of Tranquility
Lords Of Metal
- Scream Machine
- And ... You Will Die
- Save Me
- The Human Race
- Coming At You
- Dreams Come True
- Telling Lies
- I Don't Need This
- Words Of Wisdom
- My Last Words
- Your Time Has Come
- The Faith
- Tim Owens
- John Comprix
- Dwayne Bihary
- Dennis Hayes
- Eric Elkins