METALIAN – Beyond The Wall

Metalian - beyond The Wall album cover.
  • 6.9/10
    METALIAN - Beyond The Wall - 6.9/10


Label: Temple of Mystery Records
Release date: October 24, 2022

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Old School Metal From The Great White North

Hailing from Montréal, Canada, Metalian was formed in 2002 by vocalist/guitarist Ian Wilson and became known locally as “Canada’s answer to Judas Priest”. Beyond The Wall is Metalian’s 5th studio album, featuring guitarist Simon Costa, drummer Tony Cantara, and bassist Andres Arango to complete the lineup. The band continues to play their brand of Old School Heavy Metal, harkening back to the early days of the 1980s when the genre was still taking shape.

Gutsy & Raw

Metalian – Beyond The Wall was written during the pandemic, when meetings and reunions were forbidden. The album was rehearsed and written mostly by night at the band’s secret rehearsal room, working during the time when curfews were being enforced. Being known as a band that knocks out their recordings in less than a day, Metalian took a little more time in producing Beyond The Wall and spent 3 days in the studio crafting what is most likely their best effort to date.

The album features the high-pitched vocals of Ian Wilson, screaming in a high falsetto for the majority of the tracks. Dual guitar harmonies abound, creating that raw appeal of early Iron Maiden. The album should find a wider audience for the band with their signing to Temple of Mystery Records.

Final Notes

Beyond The Wall has a very rugged feel to it, creating a charm that reminds listeners of an older era of early metal. The songs are well arranged, and some of the guitar harmonies are quite haunting as on the track “Solar Winds”. Stand out tracks for this listener include the early Iron Maiden sounding “Last Chance to Ride”, and the energetic album closer “Dark City” with its almost Punk Rock style.

While the album is pretty rough around the edges, several of the tracks have enough charm to make it worth a listen. Knocking out an album in three days has its pluses and minuses, as capturing the band’s energy is on the plus side, and the over all production leaving a little room for improvement being the minus. Metalian – Beyond The Wall has a few gems on it making it an album that is worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of early 80s raw metal.

Metalian band photo


Ian Wilson – Vocals
Simon Costa – guitar
Tony Cantara – drums
Andres Arango – bass

Beyond The Wall – Tracklist

01. March to the Death
02. Motorhorse
03. Fire on the Road
04. Last Chance to Ride
05. Solar Winds
06. Rise of the AI
07. Beyond the Wall
08. Behind the Lies
09. Cold Thunder
10. Dark City


  • 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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