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's been all over the place, singing for
Charred Walls Of The Damned
but Beyond Fear is truly his band.
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.
As of this writing, it's not clear whether this band will be revived,
though no doubt Ripper has plenty of singing left in him.