For Today: Immortal

“Everyone dies! But not everyone truly lives!”

Christian metalcore band For Today will be releasing their fourth studio record as a follow up to the very successful, Breaker record. This is also the first record the band have done with their new record label, Razor & Tie records. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, this album is one my top 5 most highly anticipated records of 2012. After the success of Breaker, I’m sure everybody is going to be expecting something just as strong if not better. After listening to this I have to say it’s really fucking good. I think I like it just as much as Breaker. I still have to get used to the new songs and once I see them performed live at Warped Tour, I’ll be able to see how well the new songs translate live.

First off, this is probably the heaviest and most metal record they’ve ever done, which is hard to imagine. Some of the riffs are just straight up metal riffs like what you would hear on a thrash metal record from the 80s. They are also bone-crushingly heavy. It’s amazing how immense this band sound on record and live. This is also Ryan’s best record by far. His riffs are better than ever and he’s singing a lot more now, making him more apparent in terms of the whole band and it makes the band sound a bit more metalcore (e.g. “Fearless” and “The Foundation”). Most of you will have already heard “Fearless” by now. If you liked that track, then you’ll love the album. “Fearless” is a huge track, “Stand Defiant” is a fucking stormer of  a song and “Immortal” is also a great anthemic, track made for the live arena. There is a video already out for “Fearless” so go check that out now because it’s awesome.

The album also features three new guest appearences. Drew York, Shane Raymond, and Jay Pepito were featured on the last album, and Immortal features Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant, Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, and Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D. The one featuring Tommy Green is probably the best out of the three of them. In Breaker, there were a lot on interludes and spoken word tracks bridging the album together. Immortal has an opening track like that and a track in the middle, but otherwise it’s just relentless straight through.

What I really like about For Today is that even though they’re unashamedly christian, when you listen to their music, you forget all about that. I find that with a lot of christian bands, they’re so good that I forget that they’re christian and singing all about their religion. I also like how they don’t try and use their music as a tool for trying to force their religion upon everyone else. Rather, it’s more a vehicle for them to express themselves the way they want to and to tell the whole world that they love God and how important it is to them. I’m not very religious myself but whenever I listen to bands like For Today, I can’t help but feel a sense of spirituality.

Anywho, thats enough from me. I hope you enjoy this record as much as I have. Catch For Today on this year’s Warped Tour this summer. They really put on a show and it’ll be a great day.

Luke Helker

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