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Fear Before Biography
During the recording of their new self'titled record, Denver, Colorado's Fear Before The March of Flames became Fear Before. The band viewed their mission with a fresh focus, hence the name revision. "We've undergone a lot of member changes and have changed a great deal as individuals," explains guitarist Adam Fisher. With a hint of Circa Survive's penchant for melody'soaked polyrhythm's, Nine Inch Nails' flare for musical theatrics and the abrasive crunch of Norma Jean, Fear Before delivers their most far'reaching musical contribution to date.
The music reflects the evolution. The new songs rumble with crushing heaviness, thanks in part to the layers of guitars. "Get Your Life Together" nears Neurosis proportions ' the weightiest song in Fear Before's already hefty catalog. Yet the depth and size of songs such as "Jabberwocky" manifest in their quiet, gloomy passages. Marion says, "We wanted that darker, creepier vibe."
The lyrics reflect the band's trials and tribulations since the release of their previous record, evidenced by titles such as "I'm Fine Today," "Bad Days" and "Review Our Lives." Though the tone seems steeped in despair, Fear Before trade in hope. Marion elaborates: "The lyrics are about all of our lives over the past couple of years. They're about growing up and not being bummed out. They're optimistic." Fisher concurs, "There's definitely a more positive vibe on this record."
The band built their career on not following set patterns or operating according to expected assumptions. Each record has been a twist and improvement upon the last. 2006's The Always Open Mouth was a quantum leap over 2004's Art Damage, which bested their 2003 debut Odd How People Shake. Fear Before pulls the band further away from their frenzied mathy hardcore roots, though the elements that made them exciting in 2003 remain in 2008.
In a time when the fetid shores of independent music wallow in the murk of mediocrity, Fear Before offer solace in exciting sounds. They're still crazed, angry and brutal but they've added melody to their sonic arsenal. Fisher concludes, "It's just a testament to our claim that we are always going to make different records."