released July 13, 2018
"8.) Beira -Vol. II
Former CityBeat music editor Jeff Terich raved about these doom-metalers back in September, and man, he was right. Six savage and scathing tracks made all the more impressive by Ruby Haynes’ vicious wails."
San Diego CityBeat
"A while back I interviewed this band. I did so because I liked what I had heard. There was a cool vibe to their music. It was heavy but not hard to listen to. Now it is time to dissect the second offering. All I can say is that this knocked me from the first note. Listening to this is like choosing the path of less resistance. You just let it sweep you away. In a way this reminds me of Sweden’s Agrimonia. There is the vibe of crust, hardcore and doom in sinful snake pit. Styles that separately might not seem like an ideal fit. But in the hands of a band like BEIRA it works like a clock. This is some really cool stuff. I am glad that I got to hear this."
BEIRA new album Vol II is a heavy stylized mix of Doom, Sludge and Stoner sounds. The whole album has a very raw and honest feel with the album feeling like it was recorded live or in a very short space of time. That's not a bad thing as BEIRA throw you straight into the action with the excellent opening song - The Circle.
The song has a very caustic approach for the first few minutes with the raw sounding clean vocals. Things take a very nasty turn when harsh/death vocals appear. This is where the album becomes heavier and more doom orientated. This was an unexpected turn of events as I was expecting BEIRA to keep up with the Punk/DIY sound they created on the earlier moments of the song. BEIRA even manage to include distorted moments of Heavy Psych Rock/Metal on this song.
The opening track is a good indication on what to expect for the other songs on the album. As they mostly follow the same route but BEIRA still manage to include different elements of music on certain parts of the album...
The other songs on the album such as Black Monk, Sensei, Ancient Ones and Shine And Burn - offer a real menacing threat with their bombastic styles of Doom and Sludge Metal offset by brutal Hardcore/Death based growls. The instrumental work is what impresses the most as BEIRA manage to highly original riffs on their own unflinching and uncompromising terms.
Vol II won't be for everyone and is perhaps more suited for the more adventurous Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal fan. The album really comes alive when the Apocalyptic sounding Post-Doom moments appear. If you’re fan of doom metal heavyweights such as CONAN then you will find much to enjoy here. Overall, Vol II is a very good album indeed and BEIRA prove they have a few tricks up their sleeves to scare even the most jaded of Doom/Sludge Metal fan into heavy submission.
Steve Howe, Editor