Set Before Us - Voyagers
Record Union
4 songs (19'00'')
Release year: 2014
Reviewed by Jared

I have to admit, metalcore bands usually do not sit well with me, or fit well into my music collection. Set Before Us, a metalcore band from Stockholm were formed in 2012, and set out to create a high energy ride and great live shows. Their 2014 EP Voyagers actually rubbed me the right when it comes to metalcore bands, presenting tracks that can really have a fighting attitude.

Barriers starts things off with a solid heavy chug with a very melodic sound from the lead guitar. It doesn’t follow a same chugging pattern like many would suspect from metalcore, in fact the lead from guitars plays a nice role in making these tracks much more interesting to delve into. Lighthouses is a meaner, mechanical sounding track at its start, with more hastened drums and guitars. Some fancier guitar work emerges on this one at the end, rolling out with riff that cascades up and down while the heavy riffing is played. Wildfire begins things with the same machine-driven sound as the previous track, pounding with big palm-muted riffs, but also reaching to more melodically driven moments once again.

Meadows closes out the EP with music that will pound fiercely on the ears with its heavily driven nature. It also ends things on a more symphonic note towards the end, leaving me wishing some of the songs implemented a style like this more. Though metalcore may not sit well with me most of the time, Set Before Us did a nice job of making it an enjoyable listen from start to finish. I am interested with what they will be able to do with a full-length album when the time comes.

Killing Songs :
Lighthouses, Wildfire
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