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Lightning Hunter - Beyond Beyond

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Beyond Beyond by Lightning Hunter, the side project from Charles Scandura (of the New York band Negativehate), is an eclectic collection of progressive rock songs. Although rock music is the sonic common denominator throughout, one called "Fields of Ancient Light" includes an acoustic guitar part that veers toward classical music. Yes, there's a lot of variety going on here.

Scandura sings these songs with a voice that has an eerie vibe to it, a little like Peter Murphy of Bauhaus fame. Scandura had his hands full, as he plays all the album's instrumentation. Lyrically, Beyond Beyond is also intellectually heavy stuff. Its explanation begins, "In a microcosmic flash, we are born. Before the light falls, we return the eternal nebulous mist from which we were formed." Therefore, this is not just simple rock & roll songs about love, sex and all that stuff. Instead, with a science fiction writer's attention to detail, Scandura delves into the meaning of existence, lyrically. Like many scientists, Scandura likely has little room for god in his overall explanation. In fact, one song is even titled "In Atheist Fashion."

Beyond Beyond is not an album that you'll likely digest in just one listen. No, this one will require a little work and a lot of focused attention. If you give it a chance, though, experiencing this album will be a fully rewarding endeavor.

Lightning Hunter - Beyond Beyond
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