For All Eternity
Release Date: July 10, 2015
Ok. Here’s the deal. For All Eternity is a metalcore band from Australia. They craft music that is as punishingly heavy as it is blissfully melodic. They’re similar to Lamb of God, but with greater focus on melody. Throw some Falling In Reverse, or perhaps Black Veil Brides into that mix. All in all they’re pretty damn good. They’re also, and I’m somewhat hesitant to admit this, a Christian metal band. We’re not talking “Christians who are making music”, we’re talking musicians making “Christian music”. Now why should I be hesitant to divulge what is obviously a big part of their identity? See, if I told you “hey there’s this great new metalcore band you have to check out” you’d likely be much more apt to do that than if I said “hey there’s this great new Christian metalcore band…” right? Unless you’re a Christian yourself.
Regardless of your religious affiliation, Metanoia is a powerful example of what can occur when musicians corroborate on something they are passionate about. And that is one word that can definitely be applied to this, their sophomore album: passionate.
The vocals vary between fierce hardcore explosions to clean melodious crooning and the music is similarly divided between raw aggression and melodic finesse. And the lyrics, of course, are poignant and deeply personal. I’m happy to say, even when the lyricist is mentioning his God it never comes across as ‘preachy’. Even as an atheist I am quite willing to admit to enjoying a number of Christian metal acts. As far as I’m concerned I listen to songs about wizards and dragons, and I have no quarrel with that, so why should Christian theology be any different? Especially if the music is good. And Metanoia comes through all the way on that count. The vocals pack a punch, the music is beyond reproach, and the production is stellar. Even if you are secular you can appreciate that. And as for the rest? Well, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Metanoia as “change in one's way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion”. Who knows, perhaps this deeply introspective album will have just such an effect on you.
Reviewed by: Farron 1340