SAMMY BERELL – Beyond The Veil

SAMMY BERELL - Beyond The Veil
  • 7.8/10
    SAMMY BERELL - Beyond The Veil - 7.8/10


Label: Dark Force Records
Release date: October 29, 2021

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Neo-Classical Metal Maniac

From Stockholm, Sweden comes the sophomore album by guitar virtuoso Sammy Berell – Beyond the Veil. Sammy Berell is a veteran guitarist who only recently began his solo career, and so far he’s off to a great start with flying colors. Though comparisons to Yngwie Malmsteen are obvious from the start, Sammy Berell has plenty to offer on his own merit. Beyond the Veil features the vocals of Mark Boals (ex-Rising Force/Yngwie Malmsteen), furthering the comparisons and similarities.

Sweet Strat Sounds

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Martin Sweet for Dark Force Records. With 8 tracks coming in at just over 38 minutes, Beyond the Veil feels to be just the right length with a mixture of instrumental as well as vocal themed songs. The guitar work is excellent, as expected and Mark Boals has not lost a step vocally as his work here is great. While Sammy Berell is most often playing within the same classical scales as Malmsteen, he also jazzes it up occasionally, adding another layer of depth to the music.

Final Notes

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that said, Sammy Berell is paying a huge complement to Yngwie Malmsteen, and then some. The songs are all great to listen to, staying within the Neo-Classical Metal framework. While Sammy Berell’s talent cannot be denied, it would be interesting to hear him step out of the footsteps of giants on future releases. That said, Beyond the Veil is a really strong listen, and worth a spot in your Neo-Classical Metal collection.


Sammy Berell – guitars
Mark Boals – vocals

Beyond the Veil – Tracklist

1. Devil Dance
2. Night and Day
3. All the Devine
4. Pure
5. Angel of Mercy
6. Time for Goodbye
7. Sonata “Beyond the Veil” Andante
8. Pegasus “War Suite”


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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