BEFORE US ALL: No Tradeoffs

Before Us All

Austrian metalcore trio Before Us All will remember 2019 by the release of their new album ‘Deception.’ We talked with the band about it, the writing, and their future plans.

Define the mission of Before Us All.

Our mission as band is to make passionate music we like, we can identify with and we can share with other people around the globe who also feel the same about music as we do.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent album “Deception” and the themes it captures.

The biggest aspect of the creative process was to do no tradeoffs, if we didn’t like a part of a song or even a complete song, we reworked it until everybody was happy with it or it didn’t make it on the album.

The main theme of the album are human relations, mainly in its negative forms, it’s about different ways we interact with each other and how some people manipulate others for their own purpose.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Deception”?

Don’t go blindfolded through your life. Appearances can be deceiving. There are so many severe things happening behind curtains we don’t know about.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Mainly we’ve been using a tabulation program to save different ideas and form a complete song. After the main structure was more or less finished we started with the preproduction and mixed our first demos to get an idea how the songs will sound like.

Before Us All - Deception

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes, we always tried to keep the individual feeling of each song and several songs have been rearranged because they just didn’t feel right at the first place.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

With this album we wanted to define our own style which should stand out of other bands in this genre and also find our own sound which we should be recognized for. The best decision we made was to work with Max Morton, who just made the best out of each song.

How long “Deception” was in the making?

Way too long we must say. Unfortunately we’ve been struggling with some lineup changes the past years, we switched our guitarist a couple of times which was quite time consuming. Over all it took us 6 years since the previous album “Revelations” came out.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

There are several bands which influenced the songwriting process like Machine Head, Trivium, Devildriver and many more … but one band we’ve been compared the most is Lamb of God, who’ve been definitely the biggest influence on this one.

What is your view on technology in music?

The world is evolving very fast nowadays and you should always be open minded on new available technology in music. We are constantly looking for new stuff which can improve the live experience for us and the concertgoer.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Our lyrics cover several socially critical topics but we don’t want to make any political statement. Everybody should form their own opinion based on facts and not on other people attitudes.

What are your plans for the future?

To reach as many people as possible with our music, we’ve been working and still are working hard on this album and want to share this experience with you guys.

We have several confirmed concerts in spring 2020 and many more are to come.

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