Portrait of Beyond

Portrait of Beyond is a Finnish progressive rock group combining   progressive rock and jazz, symphonic and psychedelic metal with even some pop and electronic touch.

The Beginning

There were persons who knew each other.  Minds of five individuals. Ambitions in the musical field. There was a unification. And there was light. There was music. This did happen under autumn skies in the year of 1997. Was this a Universal Destiny, or the beginning of a Journey towards Obscure Passages? Ultimately the humanthinkinmachines will find it out. Or shall it  all vanish into nada-zero-nothingness…

The Music

Music, at first, poured forth from the diverse streams of involved members’ collective consciousness. These streams then unified and later evolved to create a unique blend of Metal, Progressive Rock, Electronic Music and even Jazz. It may not be the easiest (but not by far the hardest!) kind of music to listen to or understand but an unique and interesting psychoacoustic event for the mind.

The Future

Stay tuned! New album   ∅ ÷ 0 ≠ N0THING coming up.

NADA ÷ 0 ≠ N0THING

Tracks

  1. Answers without Questions [4.35]
  2. Nada-zero-Nothing [7.23]
  3. Mnemosyne [7.32]
  4. Panopticon [6:10]

Personnel

  • J. Koskenkorva – Bass
  • T. Lekander – Vocals
  • P. Manninen  Guitars,  Soundscape design
  • M. Myllykoski – Synthesizers
  • P. Nieminen – Synthesizer
  • S. Nykänen – Vocals
  • H. Roschier  – Violin
  • J. Soikkeli – Drums, Guitars

Featuring

  • J. Kivelä – Accordion (Panopticon)
  • M. Loukola – Handpan (Answers without questions)

Recorded at Huutoniemi  by P. Manninen
Additional recordings by  by M.Myllykoski & M. Loukola

Mixed and mastered by P. Manninen

Making of...

Recordings took place in Huutoniemi, a distant cabin far from rural activities between 2014-2018.

Making of...

Discography

Humanthinkingmachines

1. Portrait of Beyond
2. Humanthinkingmachines
3. Seeking the Symmetry
4. First Drop
5. In My Dreams
6. The Cage

All songs written by Portrait of Beyond

P. Manninen: Guitars, Soundscape design P. Nieminen: Synths
J. Soikkeli: Drums, Guitars
J. Koskenkorva: Bass
H. Roschier: Violin

Vocals performed by: Timo  Lekander, Saila Nykänen, Simo Orpana & Riku Tarvonen

Also appearing on this recording:
Mikko Myllykoski: Grand piano, Harpsichord and rhodes on tracks 1,3,4
SakariAntila: Oboe  on track 3
Antti Jokinen: Guitar solo on tracks 1&2
Antti Heikinmäki: Piano & Hammond on tracks 1&2
Ilkka Castren: Percussion

Recorded, mixed and mastered at CordYard Studio by P. Manninen
Additional recordings at studio Musica by Myllykoski and Manninen

Obscure Passages

  1. Transition
  2. Dimension Shift
  3. Desert
  4. Enlightment
  5. No Escape

Obscure Passages was recorded during occasional periods of time between December 2000 and March 2002.

Recorded and mixed at CordYard Studio
By P. Manninen & P. Nieminen

Vocals performed by Jukka Järvinen & Elsi Nousiainen

Obscure Passages (2002) is the concluding part of our Universe Trilogy: Questions asked in Universal Destiny (1998) and Journey (2000) get answered and consequences are pondered. This is yet another CDR that comes with lyrics and an illustrated cover.

Journey

1. Stargazer
2. Dominant
3. Wasteland

Recorded and mixed at CordYard Studio, 1999
By P. Manninen & P. Nieminen

Special appearance on Stargazer : J. Saajanaho

* Dominant is also previously released on SickLife Inc's Diabolical Torture Vol 3.

Universal Destiny

1. Path
2. Trapped to be
3. Cosmos
4. Roulette of worlds

Recorded and mixed at CordYard Studio, 1997
By P. Nieminen & P. Manninen

Path is also released on SickLife Inc's Diabolical torture vol II