Metalcore quintet For All Eternity
was formed in 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, they released a self-titled EP in 2009 and a full-length called "Beyond
" in 2012
before being signed to Facedown Records (Extol
, Hope For The Dying
). Afterwards, they would go on to release their second full-length album in the summer of 2015 simply titled "Metanoia
Modern metalcore bands are playing it too safe nowadays; So many groups tend to fall into the same mold of mixing aggressive roars mixed with light singing, verse-chorus structuring, one-note chugging breakdowns, and so on. For All Eternity
is rather deep within that crowd, but thankfully, there's a bit more to them than the norm. I first discovered the band through their debut full-length "Beyond
;" it was decent, but little stuck out about it. On the other hand, "Metanoia
," while still fitting comfortably in the typical mold of melodic hardcore, there's enough for it to be more than above-average.
The musicianship, for starters, is not entirely remarkable, but it's definitely solid. The vocals and drums are pretty standard in context of the metalcore trend, but they're still decent. The mid-to-low-pitch growls and the high-pitched singing are no different than what we hear in other metalcore and post-hardcore tunes nowadays, but both sides are fine. The guitars, however, are the real show-stealer when it comes to the instrumentation; they deliver some impressive melodic riffs and plucking, highlights including "Break of Dawn
" and "The Divide
." which will lead us into the following point:
Melody is one of the album's biggest strengths. It boasts a lot of really powerful and rather uplifting melodies that alone do a great job of carrying the band's energy. Particular examples include the title track and "Break of Dawn
;" there's a certain ambiance to them that really hits the audience and plays a huge part in the record's emotional delivery. Along with that, the clean vocals do well in backing up the melody the guitars bring, even though as mentioned earlier, they aren't totally remarkable. Ultimately, the sheer power behind the melody is one of the major things that make the album stand out among the rest.
The sound production is also very good. It was done by ex-MyChildren MyBride drummer Brian Hood, who is known for mixing albums for bands such as The Crimson Armada
, As Hell Retreats
, and Gideon
. His work is as solid as ever; the music sounds very bold and resonant, fitting the heavy yet very melodic and atmospheric tone that band is going for. It does a very good job of immersing the listener in its fabric through its ambiance, so the mixing serves as another strength "Metanoia
With that in mind, the melodies aren't the only aspect of this record that makes it work so well; "Metanoia
" also has a great sense of atmosphere to it. The way that it's mixed and produced gives it this somewhat colossal aura to it. Both
the guitar melodies and sound mixing described earlier have their hands in It's a quality that you don't often find in your average metalcore album, and it does play a crucial role in making the music more compelling and memorable.
Aside from the music itself being a tad generic, another issue comes with the lyrics accompanying it. They're generally fine, mind you, but there are some instances where they get too preachy and somewhat corny. For an example, the title track includes rather unsubtle lines such as "Return
to the start, with love in your heart" and "You should know, hope found its way to me, found its way to me... you too can be changed forever." Granted, the message is a good, positive one involving optimism and perseverance, but the dialogue itself tends to be very cliched and in-your-face; once again, they're not painful by any means, but they tend to delve into the cheese factor a little too often for them to be taken that seriously.
" is nothing that new or innovative, it's not one to be scoffed at, either. The music clearly does have a lot of energy, and it does seem to pay off very well. The instrumentation is very tight and solid, and so does the sound production. There is also lots of powerful melodies dished out, and the music does have this rather invigorating atmosphere to it as well. The record doesn't exactly bring anything particularly new to the table, and the lyrics do dwell on the cheese factor a little, but this album is still worth at least one listen. It may not be one of the great stand-out albums coming out as of late, but the passion behind it is undeniable.
Originally posted on: http://metaljerky.blogspot.com/