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Beyond Beowulf


Beyond Beowulf started out as just "Beowulf," a Philippine band formed in 1993 by AB Communication students of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. Their brand of music ranged from metal to hard rock to early grunge. They performed in several gigs during their brief tenure in the Philippines, including performances in the San Miguel Beer Battle of the Bands in Batangas (1994), the DLSU Battle of the Bands in Dasmariñas (1995) which they won, and Club Dredd (1996).

Beowulf was dissolved in 1997, following the departure of the band's key members to pursue their own careers after graduation.

Ten years later, Beowulf front man Tolitz Rosel, now in the United States, decided to record some of the band's old songs and sought the help of good friends - ex-Razorback members David Aguirre and Miguel Ortigas. The inspiring result of this recording prompted Rosel to decide and revive the band in the California with all new members: Don Morales (bass), Joven Calingo (drums), and Raymund Dahilig, Jr (guitars).


Beowulf was active in the Los Angeles underground rock scene from 2006 to 2011 amid fluctuating personnel, with only Rosel and Morales being the only enduring members in each iteration. The band once again dissolved in late 2011 due to conflicting schedules and responsibilities of the existing members, and was formally retired by Rosel in 2012 so that he can pursue other musical avenues.

Rosel played the keyboards for popular L.A. underground bands like Grand Fools Derby and New Day in August, and most recently the famous goth/dark wave band Dominion, while also playing main vocals and piano for pop/rock group Middle of Main. After being impressed by the engineering & mixing work of drummer Tim De Ramos on New Day in August's second EP, Rosel hired his services to finally release Beowulf's original songs digitally under a new name - Beyond Beowulf. Bassist Don Morales came back onboard to record the songs along with Jade Figueroa on guitars, and De Ramos doing the drums.

Whether or not this will signal a resurgence remains to be seen... but Tolitz Rosel is thrilled that the songs that were written and performed two decades ago will finally be released for everyone to enjoy...