VANDROYA – Beyond The Human Mind

  • 7.5/10
    VANDROYA - Beyond The Human Mind - 7.5/10


Inner Wound Recordings
Release date: April 28, 2017

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8/10 (1 vote)

Beyond The Human Mind is the second record from Brazilian Power Metal band Vandroya; the follow up release to 2012’s One.  While remaining clearly influenced by their Power Metal roots, Vandroya depart somewhat from the typical formula.  The keyboards are downplayed in favor of a more driving guitar sound, and at times a very Progressive Metal mojo.  The title track “Beyond The Human Mind comes in an a whopping 11:10, and features very syncopated rhythms and numerous melodic shifts that call to mind early Dream Theater. The band really shines on the songs that stick closer to the Power Metal genre.  “The Path To The Endless Fall” is a high speed Power Metal gallop, with Daisa Munhoz melodic vocals leading the charge.

The guitarists, Marco Lambert and Radolfo Pagotta, borrow influences from across the metal kingdom, from Iron Maiden-esque gallops to Helloween inspired leads. The solo work is generally great, with a highlight in “The Path To The Endless Fall”.  It is a somewhat simple sound, but far more complex structure and undertones.  Giovani Perlatti, Bass and Ottavio Nunez, drums, round out Vandroya’s rhythm section and turn in excellent performances.  The bass shines particularly in the song “Maya”.  Fans of both Power Metal and Progressive Metal will find something to enjoy in Beyond The Human Mind, but the record will leave something to be desired from each.  While not every song is a winner, there is definitely enough good here to be worth a listen.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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