For All Eternity
Metanoia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shabz USER (2 Reviews)
July 12th, 2015 | 6 replies


Release Date: 07/10/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The glorious sunrise is upon us and it is glowing brightly in our eyes.

For All Eternity are another band to emerge from the ever-growing Australian metalcore scene. Their debut effort "Beyond the Gates" caught the attention of many, and were recognised as possessing considerable potential. Three years later, the Aussies return with their sophomore effort "Metanoia" to set their mark on a genre well recognised for its shortfalls. However, they have managed to avoid the confinements of the genre and instead have created an album that not only builds upon their debut, but surpasses it. The band definitely plays to their strengths and completely neutralises any weaknesses they may have through intelligent songwriting. Consequently, more coherent, fluid and thoughtful songwriting has propelled the band to the top of its genre.

The band has taken all the best elements and have removed all the stale moments from its predecessor to create an album to be proud of. Responsible for this largely are the vocal duo of Shane Carroll on unclean vocals and Michael Buckley on clean vocals. Every vocal line has been thoroughly thought out and employ their christian lyrics. They seamlessly intertwine melody and technical brutality, with heartfelt, honest lyrics concerning faith, inner demons and everything in between. The band's dedication to its lyrics and beliefs can clearly be heard throughout the album, as shown from the start with the opener "Remove The Pulse". There is significant variety in Shane's vocals as he keeps it interesting by using his range in many songs to create an enthralling and emotive experience. Michael (who uncommonly also plays drums) is used very effectively and usually sings the choruses, but also has his moments in their softer songs such as "Stitched The Same" and "Awaken The Heart".

The guitar work is no slouch either. "Break of Dawn" for example begins with a crushing riff sure to get any metal fan excited, and "Unharness" similarly features some impressive guitar work with what could be described as bouncy-like riffs. However, it is the gorgeous guitar melodies that appear frequently in choruses and sprinkled throughout the album which really set them above many of their peers. Although the praise for this album is endless, there are occasions where they opt for more generic metalcore breakdown riffs in sacrifice of replacing it with something more enticing. An example of this would be throughout a large portion of "White Flame" which is very chuggy, but despite this, the song still remaining enjoyable. Also, the vocals of Michael are very high pitched and may not be to everyone's liking.

The bottom line is, if metalcore (particularly melodic metalcore) appeals to you, then this is an album that must be checked out. The band have a clear vision and are honing their craft nicely. "Metanoia" is an album which encompasses aggression and melody so seamlessly to create a result any veterans would be envious of. Accordingly, the band's competence cannot be denied. They are most definitely on their way, and the only way is up. The glorious sunrise is upon us and it is glowing brightly in our eyes.


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Shabz
July 12th 2015


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only my second review, if it is bad, please advise!

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2015


10468 Comments


"The bottom line is, if metalcore, in particular melodic metalcore appeals to you, then this is an album that must be checked out."

try rewriting as "The bottom line is, if metalcore (particularly melodic metalcore) appeals to you, then this is an album that must be checked out." Think that would clean it up nicely.

Pretty good review. I've been off my proofreading game for a while so idk how I did in that regard but I think you did a good job.

JeetJeet
July 12th 2015


6070 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really really wanted to like this since I liked their self-titled EP, but this really just doesn't move me. Good review though.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2015


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'The guitar work is no slouch either, "Break of Dawn" for example begins with a crushing riff, enough to get almost any metal fan excited. "Unharness" similarly also features some impressive guitar work with what could be described as bouncy like riffs.'

that comma should be either a semicolon or a full stop, and if a full stop it can lead into the next sentence like:

'The guitar work is no slouch either. "Break of Dawn" for example begins with a crushing riff sure to get any metal fan excited, and "Unharness" similarly features some impressive guitar work with what could be described as bouncy-like riffs.'

the "similarly also" is just redundant, and using "almost" in a review is rarely ever a good idea



solid review though. might give this another shot, i found it really boring my initial listen

Shabz
July 12th 2015


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments guys! Appreciate it. Thought it was about time I contributed to the music community lol

Apollo
December 1st 2015


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Willie....how did this end up on your end of list? This is pretty bland metalcore



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