The Will To Rebuild - For All Eternity
Artist: For All Eternity
Album: The Will To Rebuild
Label: Facedown Records
Release Date: December 15th, 2017
Review by Steve Jenkins
Sydney metalcore band For All Eternity are an ever-growing success story that send shock waves through the heavy music scene every time they release something. Catching the attention of both Aussie and international listeners with their polished, energetic and dynamic sound, these young men have now released their sophomore album The Will To Rebuild after a well received label (Facedown Records) debut effort Metanoia back in 2015.
After maturing and going through life experiences over the past couple of years, the band have made an album that is meaningful and heartfelt, driven by emotion and the the will to rebuild (hence the album title). 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 with this release right here. Not that they weren't already on that path, this just cements that fact.
The immense vocal arrangements from the duo of Shane Carroll (unclean vox) and Michael Buckley (clean vox) are definitely a highlight. They feed off each other and every line that they deliver is meaningful and delivers the message that they're trying to send. They also intertwine their beautiful melody and technical brutality just perfectly throughout the album. 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 is also the drummer, is used extremely effectively and usually sings the choruses, but he also has his moments in their softer songs where he adds his own intensity.
Another thing that's impressive about The Will To Rebuild is the guitar work, with crushing riffs that make you want to bounce along to the crushing style and bang your head approvingly. It's not all devastating riffage and breakdowns though, there are some 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 play the safe card for more generic metalcore breakdown riffs in sacrifice of replacing it with something more experimental and unique. But that's just barely a minor detail which does not really affect the enjoyment when listening to this album at all.
Overall, if you're a big fan of metalcore and you haven't heard of For All Eternity, then you're missing out big time! This is a must-hear album and despite it being released so late in the year, it could still very well leave a massive impression and end up on some AOTY lists for sure. This is a band that knows what they're doing and they have a vision of what they want to achieve, and I'm sure they will tick off every goal on their bucket list as a band. With a banger like this release, there's no stopping For All Eternity, in 2018 and for the rest of their mighty existence.
8.5 out of 10.