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Monday, August 17, 2015

ALBUM REVIEW: BEFORE THE MOURNING – ETHERIAL END

The Boys From Before the Mourning Released a Must Own Album for 2015! 

Listen to "The Deception", the second track released off this album! 

Review by D. Mack:

I originally saw this band touring with Butcher Babies, All Hail the Yeti, and In This Moment in Cincinnati a few years back. I was a big fan of the top three headliners for the tour, but was the most shocked when Adam Ryan and the band Before the Mourning came on stage. It isn't very often that you see the first band come out and have people going absolutely crazy. 

We've kept in touch with the guys from Before the Mourning and were honored to review their debut album "The Etherial End". The album will be released on August 21, 2015. 

Let's do a poll by a show of hands; Who likes Metal? Who likes growls? Who likes drums beating your face off? Who likes great guitar and bass? Who likes one of the top metal vocalist in the game? If you raised your hand to every question, you need to go out and order this album.

The album opens with The Deception. The Deception tells this story according to Adam Ryan: 

"Lyrically, this song is about a screwed up love triangle. It’s about all the different deceptions used by everyone involved. Mostly behind the backs of one another. It centers around a woman who is still in love with her ex, but is with a man who isn’t what he appears to be. The chorus starts off aimed at the woman, but half way through turns into a blunt statement to the deceptive boyfriend. The bridge is one final plea asking someone to help her get away from this guy before something really bad happens." 

The song is a wonderland of emotions that kicks the teeth in of the listener. 

The second track is Raised by Wolves which features the screaming aggressive verses of Adam Ryan with a great counter of melodic breakdowns and chorus. This is one fantastic tune.

The third track is Honestly which was released as a single today through Artist Direct. Although slower than the first two, the story is a heart filled metal song that compares with Killswitch Engage "The End of Heartache."


The fourth track is Another Sleepless Night which was the first track released on this album. The guys tear this song apart with great emotional lyrics, blistering drums, and great guitar and bass riffs. 

The fifth track is Continuum which is a progressive metal track that supplies a diverse array of riffs, screams, and growls. You cannot forget this track after hearing it.

The sixth track is A Devil With No Name. This track is another that shows diverse vocals and pounding drums.

The seventh track is The Black Day. I wonder if Phil's legs feel like jelly? I don't know how he does it but this is another track that he beats the shit out of the drums. 

The eighth track is No Redemption. This song reminds me of  HellYeah (especially Vinnie's drums) combined with the vocals of Corey Taylor and Randy Blythe. Great track.

The ninth track is The Hidden. This track, like many, allow you to feel the torment in Adam Ryan's mind. The torment is real, and the guitar solo towards the end is wild. 

The tenth track is Etherial End, currently my favorite track on the album (this has changed among The Deception, Raised by Wolves, No Redemption). Another progressive track with changing vocals and a great groove. The solo towards the back end of the song is brutal. Adam's "Rising" lyrics are frightful and tormented. 

The eleventh and last track on the album is Deserter. Deserter is a surprise to close the album. It reminds me of the way I heard "Snuff" for the first time on the Slipknot All Hope is Gone album. At first it feels like it doesn't belong, but the album wouldn't be the same without it. Clean and sorrowful lyrics that make you feel the sadness in the signers heart.  


Overall we give this album a perfect 6 out of 6 skulls. 


"Along with Lamb of God, Ghost, Byzantine, and Slayer, Before the Mourning has a must own album on their hands. The album is perfect front to back."


Purchase your copy on ITUNES on August 21st, 2015. 

Go See Before the Mourning touring with Fear Factory this fall! 

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