Across the Sun
Before the Night Takes Us
Style: Progressive Melodic Metalcore
Release date: 14 March, 2011
Playing time: 42:13

Growls, screams, clean singing, metal core influences, progressive parts, nice keyboards, and lots of melody. It all can be found on this debut full-length of Across the Sun. This band from Portland (Oregon) has been recording three EP's since they started back in 2004. Their efforts were not in vain, they were picked up by Metal Blade with this debut as result.

The band sounds very American, but has influences of several genres and bands. In Flames, Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Chimaira are just 4 of them. Sometimes it sounds very heavy and intense, then again rather serene and melodic. "Descent & Discovery" for example is pure metal core, but with clean passages and a nice keyboard layer underneath. And let’s not forget the nice guitar work and solos either, in a Symphony X kind of way they are implemented in the songs. If you should describe their music; melodic progressive keyboard oriented metal core could be a name for their style. For some of you there are perhaps too many styles involved, but I have to advice you to be very open minded and give this band a chance. They have cleaner parts in their music, but they still are a heavy band!

Job well done, are you into some aggressive melodic progressive stuff, check this out!Highly recommended!


01. Tipping the Scales
Song for the Hopeless
03. Seasons
Descent & Discovery
Ghost of Grandeur
Before the Night Takes Us
A Moment of Clarity
Blessing in Disguise
In the Face of Adversity
Belay My Judgement

Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 7 March, 2011