Article by: Dick Blaine Tyner
All photography taken from the We’d Be Facebook page.
March 12, 2016 marked the release of Lafayette progressive metal act We’d Be’s latest release and first full-length effort. The release was celebrated and shared by the reunion of local thrash legends Narrow House, the four year anniversary of Lucifist, and the ten year anniversary of The Lafayette Metal Hard n’ Heavy showcase at Jerilee’s Pub. It was a night none shall soon forget, the bar was packed with friends and fans ready to rage and throw down for the night’s entertainment. What I witnessed that night was astounding: so many people I knew from the music scene I have loved so dearly for years now, all having the time of their lives.
We’d Be, fronted by the self-proclaimed and unchallenged “Overlord of Doom,” Nick Maxson, has been making its rise from the basement to the theater since early 2012. The band has seen many lineup changes since, with Nick being the only original member remaining, Cody Clem (drums) being the next closest to an original member. Today we see a very solid and sturdy lineup though, with Corey Guilford and Kyle “Tex” Pedigo shredding on the guitars, and “Scooter” laying down the low end on bass.
But…back to the topic at hand: We’d Be and their latest offerings.
Beyond the Line of Sanity is by far the band’s strongest and tastiest release to date. Riding on the tracks laid before it by We’d Be’s two EP’s, “One Night Stand” and “The Rum Gun Diaries,” the album is eleven tracks deep (two being bonus tracks of re-recorded previous releases) and clocks in at sixty-four riff filled minutes. Recorded and mixed by Chris Hall of Antica Arcana, the album took nearly a year to write, record, and finish. The end result was well worth the wait.
Starting with the scene setting instrumental ,”Attunement”, we are lured into a night’s sky on the open sea as the rain begins its descent and assaults the deck of our hero’s beloved vessel. Lightning cracks the sky and thunderous riffs hit you as “Storm” leads you into a journey of epic proportions. I like to think this song is about going up against insurmountable challenges and coming out victorious. The song has so many tasty riffs and memorable moments, along with a monstrous breakdown leading into an uplifting section that I will always chant, “HEY!” to in the live set.
Making its return is the always loved, “Rum Gun Salute” hailed by our scene as the party song of our time. Images run through your mind of a basement filled with metallers and party goers alike, raging as they are blasted in the face by rum. The song is about having a great time and not giving a single fuck. With a fun riff, an intense solo, and some whackiness, this song will always raise your spirits.
Next comes “Croc BBQ,” which is arguably one of my favorite tracks from the band to date. This song is heavy. Croc will have your neck destroyed and desiring a brace by the first chorus. Featuring a classic We’d Be breakdown, this song is relentless.
A haunting bass line delivered by Scooter begins possibly the darkest song on the CD, “Obsidian.” After a very brief pause we get a chilling and malevolent calling from the guitars and the song kicks off. Another neck breaker, “Obsidian” picks up where “Croc BBQ” left off, not letting you have a single moment’s peace. No worries though, halfway through the song there’s some easy listening brought to you by lead guitarist Corey Guilford followed by a tasty solo, just in time to be assaulted by trem picked riffing to finish the song out and invite the Party Ghost into your home.
“Party Ghost” is another favorite of mine. The party ghost punches you in the face as you open the door and invite him into your humble abode, as illustrated by the intense riff that leads the song. Party Ghost wastes no time and begins drinking all of your booze before he starts the mosh pit. This song is nothing but fun and will definitely get you going if “Rum Gun” didn’t. Featuring the vocals of the party ghost himself and singer for Lucifist, Stephen Dilden, you will be left passed out on the basement floor after you hear this one.
Closing the main length of Beyond the Line of Sanity are the two epics, “Between the Wasteland and the Sky” and “Chalice.” These two songs really showcase We’d Be’s ability to write amazing pieces of art. So much talent and creativity in these songs and you begin to see that this band is not 100% party and destruction. Instead you see a We’d Be that is much more serious about their craft and are not afraid to experiment with the lines between metal and progressive.
The album also features re-recorded versions of hits “Machines” and “Mirrorbox.”
I love this album, I am very pleased by the hard work, blood, sweat, and rum filled tears my fellow metallers in We’d Be have relinquished. Beyond the Line of Sanity has not left my cd player since I bought it, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Being a ten year veteran of the Lafayette Metal scene, Dick Blaine Tyner knows the who, the what, and the where around here. Graduating from Delphi Community High School in 2009, Dick has risen to legendary status as a local show attendee and his loyalty to the Lafayette Metal scene is undying. You can almost always find him at any Doom Room event or local show in the surrounding area having a good time and chatting up his fellow patrons in metal and music.