Country: Italy
Title: A Step Beyond Divinity
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2017
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Italians Embryo haven't had much luck with labels so far, or at least that's what their discography is telling to me, the 3 previous albums they released were all under another label, and this fourth studio full-length is no exception from the rule. This time they've ended up with Spanish Art Gates, a label that moves better and better as times goes by, proving to be a solid enterprise, so from my point of view Embryo took a step forward by signing this deal. Now talking about the material itself we're treated with no less than 12 tracks clocking almost 50 minutes of modern and polished Melodic Death Metal. Overall the material sounds really solid, compact and heavy as fuck, there's not much that will stick to your mind after the audition other than the overall impact and the fact that it's an energetic, massive, solid album with a serious melodic side as well, that doesn't annoy the listener at all, on the contrary, it's very entertaining. The vocals are versatile enough to have made me think it's at least a couple of vocalist we're dealing with here, the guitars and bass have their fair share of technical displays (even jazzy at times) in order to convince the listener, the drums are triggered and perfected enough to sound synthetic but at the same time not nothering at all, and last but not least the keyboards and synths, an important side of Embryo's music, sounding subtle but at the same time supportive and guiding in order to impress their atmospheric touch on the whole. As a general conclusion I'd say the new Embryo album is definitely well-done, mature and balanced, well worth checking.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10