"The humongous sound that is Beholder continued the night apace by attacking your senses as each track ripped its way out of the speakers"
““They have an intense stage presence, a huge sound and all the passion of pure traditional Heavy Metal band, that Mr Dio himself would have loved to have been in the audience for. Simon Hall is one of those vocalists who's sheer power and personality could win over any crowd, and he literally had my hair standing on end.””
— Wyldestone - Mammothfest Review
"Standard Bearers of Britain’s Traditional Metal Renaissance - Sterling Work!....Soild Power Metal & Solid Listening"
— METAL HAMMER - JAN 2010
““The band deliver a mighty 45 minutes of heavy metal showcasing tracks from the debut album 'The Awakening'. Songs such as 'March Of The Damned' and 'Born Into Pain' have never sounded quite so good. The only venom Simon Hall has is saved is for Simon Cowell and TV talent shows along with an angry tirade against the Pope that heads nicely into the greatest track that Nevermore never wrote 'The Heretic'.”
— Uber Rock - Live Review
““You really need to experience this one for yourself. Suffice to say, if powerful, full-on, moshing, metal madness played with absolute conviction and pulverising energy makes your day, well, you will not be disappointed. Trust me”
— New Rock Music
“Beholder win hearts with their Meat & Potatoes Metal" - KKKK”
— KERRANG MAGAZINE - SEPT 2009
“Beholder simply are stars in the waiting, and in singer Simon Hall they have a frontman to rival Paul Di'anno at his Maiden peak. You have to marvel at just how much potential Beholder have within their epic brand metal for the years ahead!”
— UBER ROCK - JAN 2010
“All the best elements of rock/metal heritage all collected together. It still has that solid traditional British metal feel instead of the fuckin plastic Swedish/American sound that everyone is going for lately. Its on my car stereo and will be staying there for some time, good driving music!!”
— RUSS RUSSEL - PRODUCER - DEC 2009
“But while the old school vibe is strong on this album, it also still sounds up to date, thanks to a strong showing from the band and a clear, direct production job. “The Awakening” impresses because it remains a sound, strong metal album and it impresses to the very end.
— POWERPLAY 8/10 - NOV 2009
“The quality of material is second to none. So what are you doing still reading this?! Go out and buy it now!!! You won’t be disappointed! This is BEHOLDER and this is metal as it should be! Pure, Heavy, Powerful, Brutal and Rifftastic! Hats off to you guys!”
— BACON MUSIC - 4,8/5.0
“‘THE AWAKENING’ marches with intent, emitting a very modernistic vibe. This one is certainly worth a listen; good to see Blighty is still pumping out real metal!”
— METAL TEAM UK - NOV 2009
“Mixing the stunted riffage of Arch Enemy, the squealing guitars of Zakk Wylde, and the vocals of Ozzy jamming with Devil Driver into a fist-sized slice of metal greatness!”
— SUBBA CULTURE - NOV 2009
“British Metalers Beholder have a new album out “The Awakening” which is very good and we really like, its well worth checking out – Fine Chunky Stuff!”
— BRUCE DICKINSON - BBC RADIO 6
“This is fresh, unfettered, untainted metal that comes from the soul. with a sound capable of appealing to
both old school metalheads and young converts alike, in 2010 Beholder have the capabilities of becoming
standard bearers for UK metal across the world.
— CLASSIC ROCK - ONES TO WATCH - JAN 2009
"HOW GOOD TO SEE A LEAD SINGER BUILT AS MEN SHOULD BE - FAT AND UGLY. WITH ATTITUDE, AND A PENCHANT FOR ALCOHOL, APPARENTLY ESPECIALLY THAT LIBERATED FROM MICHAEL SCHENKERS’ DRESSING ROOM!" Live 4 Metal
— Live 4 Metal
"ALCOHOL FUELLED METAL BRUTALITY GIVEN THE BEHOLDER TREATMENT"
— KERRANG RADIO - 2009
“FRONTED BY SIMON HALL, WHOSE VOCALS REMINDED ME OF PAUL DI’ANNO WHEN HE COULD STILL SING, ‘YOU’LL NEVER TAKE US DOWN’ WAS MENACINGLY CONVINCING. Classic Rock”
— CLASSIC ROCK - JAN 2009
"HIS BELLIGERENT BELLOW & BEER SWIGGIN SHOWMANSHIP WORKS A TREAT"
— TERRORIZER MAGAZINE - FEB 2009
CLASSIC ROCK - JAN 2009