Beyond Fear is a heavy metal band started in March, 2005 by Tim "Ripper" Owens after he left Judas Priest as a side-project apart from his former work with Iced Earth. It appeared for a spell in the '90s that the "classic metal singer" – specifically of the Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Geoff Tate mold – was a near extinct beast. But along came Halford disciple Tim "Ripper" Owens, and the floodgates opened once more. Having appeared on releases by Judas Priest and Iced Earth, it wasn't until Owens launched Beyond Fear that he was able to truly take center stage in the songwriting department. Although adamant that Beyond Fear is not just a solo project (he enlists the aid of longtime musician pals), it's Owens' voice that is the main focus throughout Beyond Fear.