Swedish metallers DESTINY have released “Beyond All Sense 2005” worldwide as the band’s first digital release ever, through Gothenburg Legacy Records. The album is a rerecording of the band’s first album (from 1985) and was originally released on CD by GMR Music Group in 2005. The plan is to release the entire DESTINY back catalogue for download and streaming in reversed order during the 30th anniversary year 2013.
Stefan Björnshög, DESTINY’s founder, main song writer and bass player, explains the story behind “Beyond All Sense 2005”:
“This is not the new Destiny album or even the follow-up to Future Of The Past, released in 2004. This is a re-recorded version of Destiny’s very first album Beyond All Sense, released in March 1985.
The original album was just released in Sweden in a limited number of 2000 copies and only on vinyl. Those of you that have the original album know that it was not a perfect album, but hopefully you will agree with me that the songs were pretty good.
We, Destiny of 2005, felt that it was appropriate to give those songs a new chance with this all new re-recording in time for the 20th anniversary of the original album. We started to record the first drums way back in the year 2000 and then kept recording parts whenever we got some spare time. In the end we re-recorded all parts of the album once again in 2004, except for the drums. We did not set out to purposely rearrange any of the songs, but when an idea presented itself we usually used it.
Even though I wrote some parts on some of the songs, and was very involved with the arrangements, most of the music for this album was written by Magnus Österman, co-founder and original guitarist of Destiny, and John Prodén, also an original guitarist. Håkan Ring, who was the band’s first male singer, wrote most of the lyrics.
Two songs are missing from the original release; the instrumental acoustic piece “Lost To Heaven” performed by John Prodén alone and the intro piece “Destiny” that always starts the Destiny concerts. They are replaced by two previously unreleased bonus tracks from around the same time period.
The oldest piece of music, “Ode To You”, is from 1983. However, the lyrics for this song are new, written by Kristoffer in December 2004 as a tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell. This song was never released on any album and is the first bonus track of “Beyond All Sense 2005”. The second bonus track, “No Way Out”, was a song originally intended to be included on the debut album, but was left out because of the time limit on vinyl’s. Once again Kristoffer wrote new lyrics for an older piece of music. This time it’s about Ozzy Osbourne and reality shows.
I believe that we have kept the original spirit of all the songs in these new versions. The major difference is of course the vocals. Kristoffer has truly given these songs a well-deserved new lease of life. I also feel that the album is full of energy, with a live feeling, even though the music is not as “dark” as later Destiny albums.
This is the members of Destiny of 2004 interpreting more than twenty year old songs by the members of Destiny of 1984. Hopefully you will enjoy the album for what it is, even though the style of the album is quite different from the music that Destiny represents today.”