The Finite Beings

Review of "A Life to Come" by Beowolf Productions

"A Life to Come" Review by 11/23/14

The Christian Metal/Rock duo's sophomore album (in a slim digipack) is closer to traditional Heavy Metal yet keeps a variform concoction of structures allowing it to remain fresh over the long run; this respect of the tradition is perceived both soundwise and in the smooth songwriting, and consider that it is a self-released and self-recorded platter.

Already from the title track you can tell this difference in comparison with the debut, culminating with a double kick drum attack and rivers of hot guitar strokes after a delicate introductory part. Check the lyric video out to enjoy the two musicians' message, too:
"For the Weary" is fiery and hypnotic Hard Rock not too distant from some Monster Magnet, alongside Prog Rock veerings and vocals capable of catching the attention always present; a Punk intermezzo, an original riff and Maidenian strokes conclude the song together with a final axe solo.
Magnetic and probably the best, "Submit to the Divine", contains a headbanging riff alternated with a psychedelic moment, while the sublime bass work stands out all along the composition.
I hear something familiar with Metallica's "Black Album" at the beginning of "Imaginary Things", even tho the vocals are really different from James Hetfield's; this track conquers the listener immediately thanks to an ardent main riff and the refrain.
"The Hole" has a dreamy start, then a King's X-like riff reappearing shortly two minutes later, but afterwards The Finite Beings' style emerges once again; there's much more inside of this fifth track: Iron maiden echoes, a fast heavy frame reminding of Jag Panzer and finally reminiscences of Black Sabbath followed by an acoustic closure.
Another highlight, "Make A Decision", seems coming out of the first album sessions, but this time the drums have more impact, there's a refrain making the song fit for a video and a notable six-string solo! I like all the lyrics, but especially these ones urging to hold the reins of one's life once and for all.
Surprisingly, "A Taste of Conflict" is comprised of Reggae (!) parts, Beatles recollections and a rocky drumwork being our companion during most of the length; there's also a weird insertion dear to System Of A Down's fans before the hammering and the temporary angelic vocals.
"Rejuvenate Me" uses piano, delayed vocals and a slightly distorted guitar layer within the first section in order for the ballad to be dedicated to the devotion towards Jesus Christ; when the rhythmic instruments come in there's also space for the last guitar solo, indeed long and slow enough, and most importantly, pretty personal.

Another masterpiece from the two maestros from New Jersey that doesn't deserve to pass unnoticed or remain in the background compared with big names of the genre.

MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - November 23rd, 2014

Legacy Press

Genre: (Progressive) rock 
Unusual sounds you could already admire on the last album from THE FINITE BEINGS; Now the duo from New Jersey has again extended its range enormously and a motley mix of melancholy and haunting harmonies, groovy rock songs, unconventional suspense and great melodies created and compiled on the current release to a vast mix really nice scores. "A Life To Come" fluctuates between progressive rock, contemporary sounds and an overly quiet, but constantly explosive dynamic that has finally become also the icing on the cake of an imaginative compilation. The eight songs have a completely hypnotic effect, to their harmonious theme from various sides closer, but in the end bring the spherical tenor always nice to the point. Numbers like that at King Diamond (!) Reminiscent 'The Hole', the exciting 'Submit To The Divine' and the enchanting 'Dejuvenate Me' are simply class and describe symbolically the high quality of the new album. That THE FINITE BEINGS have a Christian background, this does not fall so much weight, because the emphasis is placed elsewhere. "A Life To Come" is consistent the insider's tip for those who like to enjoy the modern rock music just different! . (BB) 
12 points

Rock-Impressions Review of "A Life To Come"

The FINITE BEINGS - A Life to Come
Italian distribution: no
Genre: Heavy Rock
Support: CD - 2014

I don't have much info about this duo made of Donny DePaola (v., g., b. k.) and Mike Nicholas (v., d.), I just know this is their second album and they've done almost everything by themselves. After the first listen I got struck by their sound, fresh and powerful, but also rich and penetrating, a modern heavy rock with a few prog hints and some 70s influences, I especially appreciated their ability of mixing past and present.

A delicate arpeggio opens the title track, the vocals are dreamy, with a good use of the melody; this intimate beginning quickly becomes fiery with the entry of an aggressive and emphatic electric part, between Prog metal tensions and nice harmonic lines, the finalé is in crescendo. "For the weary" is less direct, rawer and more modern, with nice dramatic climax, built on pretty electric or meditative passages. Almost without pause does "Submit to the divine" start, and the drama feel gets even clearer, based on steady bass lines, its got a tight rhythm that seizes you. "Imaginary things" strongly reminded me the most visionary Blue Oyster Cult's songwriting, along with Alice Cooper's hints. Great is "The Hole", showing epic openings of good emotional impact, one of the album's highlights I liked most. Also with "Make a decision" the act keeps displaying a good use of melody matched with the power of its sound.
Prog metal structures in the imaginative "A taste of conflict". The closure is entrusted with the intimately-tainted "Rejuvenate me", which proves to have a very original songwriting.

I intentionally omitted at the beginning of the review the band belongs to the Christian circuit, as I meant to avoid some prejudiced reader to abandon the rest of the review, as the record is finely realized and some tracks are real noteworthy, so I believe the band could be appreciated beyond the messages they convey. 

"A Life to Come" Review by Steve Carter 10/17/14

The Finite Beings - A Life to Come 10.17.14

The Finite Beings are in a very interesting situation. A band's second album is always one of the most challenging especially for followers of the group. The attempt is always to do something contrary to the first album but not too different that you alienate fans. Grow, but not to the point of no return. A Life to Come is a perfect example of Mike Nicholas and Donny DePaola stepping up from the first album jitters and making a body of work that's concise while still being impactful. These eight songs are a perfect definition of where the band is right now and seem to lay the groundwork for more to come down the road. 

A Life to Come: 
The opening song starts slow with DePaola's existential crisis exploding into pure riff rock. The crisis turns to positivity with lyrics like "I'll invest it all in a life to come." The outro is totally badass as well. 

For the Weary: 
A nice vocal call and response between lyricist and melodist Mike Nicholas and DePaola starts of this one. This song has more of a "lesson learned" quality to it which runs throughout the whole album and at times can feel a little "preachy" but never with an ulterior agenda. The bridge turns into a testy 70s riff jam, almost if Deja Entendu era Brand New got into a fist fight with The Outlaws. 

Submit to the Divine: 
Nicholas takes the lead vocals on this one and it's one of my personal favorites on the album. One of the things that makes the Finite Beings stand out is attention to awesome guitar riffs and this song has one of the best on the album. Double kicks from Nicholas make this song teeter on thrash metal. The shining moment on this track is once again the outro guitar solo which recalls the middle section of Happiness is a Warm Gun from the Beatles and explodes into Sabbath level territories. 

Imaginary Things: 
The fourth track Imaginary Things starts almost as a Christian rock musical or something out of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat meets Another Brick in the Wall. Standout lyrics "give me a pill to make my life a little longer." 

The Hole: 
The Hole really shows off Nicholas' storytelling style lyrics as he describes a man's downward spiral. Melancholy and self-loathing fill the words but never go overboard. The final phrase has Nicholas sounding like Hades himself singing the lyrics "I've begun to recognize my way out came with a price." 

Make a Decision: 
Make a Decision falls more into the hard rock territory than the rest of the album's more metal influence. Here the duo capitalize on another unique bridge, these guys really care for the middle moments in their songs. 

A Taste of Conflict: 
What starts as a vaudeville version of Mary Jane's Last Dance turns into a poetically and politically passionate sway. Again the lyrics have a yearning passion for seeking something better than what's around you. 

Rejuvenate Me: 
One of my personal favorites on the album is the final song Rejuvenate Me. This song stands out as the most different in the set and incorporates piano as the main writing instrument. The intro has the band taping into Thom Yorke/Muse territory and the outro explodes again into a David Gilmouresque mood with the band exploring more textural noise influences. 

by. Steve Carter Review "A Life to Come" 1/18/15

Christian metal/rock band The Finite Beings have created a smooth album that is both a good “soft” metal album and a good rock album in every single way.

“A Life to Come” has a very smooth and easy sound to it that all you exclusive rock listeners out there can listen to with no problems at all, but it also has that kick or spice (whichever you prefer) that us more metal-oriented people can jam to since the guitars and drums are hard enough that we can definitely find something fun out of this album. I certainly did.

And “A Life to Come” is just an overall good album for any flexible listeners of rock and metal who will enjoy anything with an awesome beat like this album has in excess.


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