“Beyond that Wall” is the new album by Despite the Wane, ten songs, undeniably rock, powerful and rousing, revealing a knack for catchy and irresistible refrains. In a crystalline rock structure held up by the outstanding and talented solo guitarist, Max Dury, the attention focuses on the melody and on the variations of the voice by the passionate singer, Mir Kollins, also the author of the lyrics. “Beyond that Wall” is also the result of years of devoted listening to the most influential and iconic bands of the rock scene since the late 1970s. A passionate listener can easily name the references to electronic music and the British New Wave, enjoying this vibrant album, full of drama and emotion. The title track encompasses the spirit of the whole album, the artist’s inner struggle between the desolation for an adverse fate and the adamant, unrelenting sense of rebellion against it. The doubt arising from failing and the regret of a lost opportunity do not turn into self-indulgence; on the contrary, they feed the leap of awareness which brings about taking stock of one’s life and the need for a rise against the incomprehensible suffering of the human condition. A red thread goes through these ten songs, defining the stages of a long, harsh, solitary journey. From a present of restlessness and solitude (The Missteps I made), the artist recalls memories, and glimpses of promises and incomprehension come up (A letter). He claims that life must have a sense (Something will remain), our memories will not vanish away as shadows in the dark (You are present), and moments of pure joy and madness (LMNG) are still possible, albeit elusive. Now the direction of travel is clear, the crossing of the desert is an effort beyond imagination and no reward will be provided. The landing is a deserted territory, inhabited by empty shades (Blank faces) and the unfair fate is the human condition (Waiting).