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Before the Night Takes Us

Across the Sun Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tipping The Scales
2. Song for the Hopeless
3. Seasons
4. Descent & Discovery
5. Ghost of Grandeur
6. Before the Night Takes Us
7. A Moment of Clarity
8. Blessing in Disguise
9. In the Face of Adversity
10. Belay My Judgment

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Portland, Oregon s Across The Sun has been recording and touring for over seven years since their inception in 2004. They have recorded and released three EPs during that time: 2006 s This War, 2008 s Storms Weathered and the highly acclaimed Pestilence & Rapture, which was released via Authentik Ink in 2009. Throughout 2010, the band completed several full US tours, including the Loch Ness Monstour with No Bragging Rights, a tour supporting Throw The Fight, dates on the New England Metal and Hardcore fest, Transmission Fest, and more. Thei hard work paid off late in the year when they inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. Soon after this landmark in the band s career, Brandon Davis, Shane The Brain Murray, Sam Hafer, Alan Ashcraft and John Malloy entered Lambesis Studios with producer/engineer Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Winds of Plague, Impending Doom).

The result of Across The Sun s time with Castleman is their first full length album, Before The Night Takes Us. The album is the culmination of seven years of recording, touring and polishing their sound. Daniel Castleman held each member to a high standard in the studio; It was an amazing learning experience; no previous Across The Sun recording process has ever been this in depth. As a vocalist, it was extremely humbling when Daniel commented that I was one of the most consistent and talented that he s ever worked with , adds Brandon Davis. The individual performances are better than any previous Across The Sun release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An objective review December 27, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I feel obligated to make a comment for this album in it's defense. This album is a cross-genre release. It has some metalcore, some progressive metal and a hint of death metal. This album is very similar to Trivium's melodic tone and similar to Scar Symmetry's melodic death metal. Cross genre albums are always critiqued very negatively because listeners of one specific genre will hate that the other exists in the same song. This album will be enjoyed by listens who appreciate both genres.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full-Spectrum Analysis -or- Can't We All Just Get Along? December 26, 2012
By Khyron
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Distinguishing one's self is a dying art form. In the absence of anything once recognizable as "Alternative" music, burgeoning musicians who wish to stand out in an increasingly crowded room are forced to take chances their progenitors would have been shunned, utterly shunned for. Ten years ago the mere thought of incorportating blistering solos, synths, singing and growling into a Hardcore record would have been tantamount to blasphemy, and any band brave enough to do so would have been ex-communicated from the All Saints Church of HC. So much for unity.

But as Roland Deschain often remarks in the face of the obtuse and unrecognizable: "The world has moved on". And that is a rather poor lead-in to a record that deserves an honest listen and a band that is defying convention... by embracing every convention on the market. Across The Sun's first LP, 'Before The Night Takes Us', takes an all-aboard approach to the heavy; which, if for no other reason, makes this a very engaging recording. Rarely if ever do you find an American metal band embracing with comfort Euro Metal choirs and strings while simultaniousy sounding as heavy as Shadows Fall or even Howard Jones-era Killswitch Engage. Normally this is where I credit a single musician within the band but I'm struggling to do so here. The skill with which Shane Murray's keys are integrated within Alan Ashcraft's double bass and Brandon Davis' scream/shout/growl vocal assault belies this band's relative inexperience. I'll go a step further and say that the integration of synths and piano here surpasses the amazing work done by Still Remains on their brilliant "Of Love And Lunacy" and is approaching Faith No More status. Trust me, that's no small compliment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening April 27, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This band is amazing, the vocals are super clean, as well as the drums. They sound just as good live as they do recorded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sooo confused..... March 26, 2011
By jcrain
Format:Audio CD
what we have here is a failure.....tooooo .....produce this album properly,and i actually dont fault the band at all in this. i wont go into a huge detailed spill here...but either the clean vocalist is way way way over produced or he is just the wrong guy..when listening to the album i strongly suggest you skip to tracks 4-6 first or you very well could be turned off by the lead vocals and the overpowering affect it has in the first three songs..he really seems more fit for dishwalla or iron maiden something pop or 80s..other than that the album itself is nothing short of amazing..the growl is perfect...the rythm is perfect...the mix of speed and harmony is perfect(other than clean vocals). i shouldve given this album 5 stars just based on pure potential but i really couldnt get passed the vocals(clean).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't really want to do this but I'm compelled September 10, 2011
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This is an extremely silly attempt at coming off as Norse Metal when they really just have synth boy band material. I don't know about giving a new face to the Norn, but those names are American. Um, what did I miss. Girls who love modern Rock will like this. Sick Puppies, Red, those are the only two I know because the Genre tanked.
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