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Before Today

Before Today: A Celebration Of An EndingA Celebration Of An Ending (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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Culling its main influence from straight-forward 90s skate punk (namely Lagwagon) and taking it from there, Before Today attempts a mostly melodic punk sound that mixes in the new-school screaming trend, Thursday-ish post-hardcore, odd tempo changes and incomplete efforts of experimentation. Thoug.
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Culling its main influence from straight-forward 90s skate punk (namely Lagwagon) and taking it from there, Before Today attempts a mostly melodic punk sound that mixes in the new-school screaming trend, Thursday-ish post-hardcore, odd tempo changes and incomplete efforts of experimentation. Though the band is competent in pulling off these moderately abrupt changeups in tempo, mood, and pacing to give them a slightly different expression from any post-2002 "punk with screams" band, their basic skate punk frame places a few genre-hopping riffs across the board and intertwined almost-ballads that shouldn't warrant the mostly derivative quartet a whole lot of credit, but there's enough going on to savor a few listens.

For a band so sunk into the surface of melodic punk, Before Today tends to be overdramatic and overserious in their sound too often. I'm pretty sure this sound is supposed to be fun, but the band has it mostly drained in favor of apocalypse-attempted atmospheres and creepy, sound-filling octaves while juxtaposing the lyrical content with what I'm sure will be mistaken for faith-based positivity by some haphazard critic. Here, it's an influence more of the hardcore variety than the religious quantity (lyrically, of course). These somewhat-awkward attempts at bringing new things to an intensely rehashed genre are what really gives the album most of its standing ground.

"Pierce The Veil" begins with a midpaced drum roll and subsequent declarations over a bouncing chord progression, only to lead into the said skate punk frame, and again finish with the midtempo feel. While it doesn't really go anywhere, it does find its home by the time the song ends. "The Process Of Losing And Gaining" finds the band yelling and screaming desperately over the Fat sound, allowing a soft drum roll and sifting guitars - and recalling the earlier Thursday comparison - precede some clever, bouncing octaves under the forewarning "we should be wiser / than our fathers," and eventually speed up and then slow down again. "Color Your World" is an odd instrumental track that closes the disc out, seeing as how the band finds themselves playing a 311-styled nu-reggae and jazz hybrid, showcasing their final effort in striving for individuality.

Their derivative nature is at least met with an obvious desperation for creativity - think Why We Fight-esque Gatsby's American Dream, and you'll have a perfect idea of this notion. Before Today tries breathing new life into a growing style with mixed results; maybe as the years pass, they'll have this resurrection thing down pat.

MP3s
Roots Beneath Ideals
Pierce The Veil
The Process Of Losing And Gaining

 

 
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tick16 (December 2, 2008)

woah woah,the album is pretty good and i accidentally bought this album and i never heard of these guys all i know tht its the same guy from pierce the veil...n e ways i was listening to them and they pretty muched kick ass and im very picky about music,the album is pretty awsum,the song pierce the veil was one of the facts tht made me like the album alot...
and dnt label these guys they sound different from bands,they have there own style in playing

xxjohnnyrocketxx (January 5, 2007)

this website has some wierd reviews, I tried trusting them and bought 2 cds that they rated 4 or above, and they were not good. this cd is effing awesome, the screaming, songwriting, its great. it doesn't deserve this low of a score. there are some great songs on this album, and its totally worth buying. I just get the feeling that all the reviewers on this site don't like this style of music.

HeresLookinAtYou (April 2, 2006)

It's an interesting hybrid but I like it a lot.

Anonymous (March 13, 2006)

i dig it

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

hstisgod that is.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

You are becoming predictible.

hstisgod (November 12, 2004)

Waves of contemporary blues and jazz roll in, as ‚??Sight To Frame‚?Ě begins. And just as quickly, they give way to the vain popping screams of ‚??Roots Beneath Ideals‚?Ě, track two on Before Today‚??s debut C.D. (Equal Vision Records) ‚??A Celebration of an Ending‚?Ě. Like the wicked step child of Iron Maiden, this album seems to be busting at the seems of genre specifications.

Splicing together all forms of rock, rhythm and rebel experience, ‚??Enlarge Your Hearts‚?Ě is a perfect example journey through the up, down and side to side world of Before Today. The same high pitched, nose pinched vocal efforts found through out the song accompanied by the aforementioned screams of rage are present through out the disc consistently.

Formerly known as ‚??Early Times‚?Ě, these San Diego natives who started with a drum set bought for $50.00 at a local swap meet bleed aggression, and a full on power punk sound that even I could quickly get used to. The unpredictable melodies of guitar rock range of different metal genres which include but are never limited to; Punk, Glam, Emo, Hardcore, and Speed Metal. Extreme ranges of vocal performances, and lyrical content has yet to leave an impression of inspiration or there lack of‚?¶

Most respectable is the closing track ‚??Color your World‚?Ě, similar to the intro track, this song comes with an atmospheric blend of Jazzy Jam Band like riffs. In the end ,though easily comparable to the likes of Good Charlotte and Sum 41, the extra sharp edges present will surely keep the trendy waves of pop away for now. For Now‚?¶

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

what the fuck is wrong with "singing/screaming shit"??? this cd is fuckin amazing, and its not pop/ ANYTHING, its punk/hardcore....and its awesome

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

The only likeness that I can find with them and any other band is maybe Story of the Year. I think the way they use harmony in the guitars is great, not to mention the drum line. I give it 5 Stars.

Anonymous (November 7, 2004)

The only likeness that I can find with them and any other band is maybe Story of the Year. I think the way they use harmony in the guitars is great, not to mention the drum line. I give it 5 Stars.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

They are fucking amazing but not street/skate at all. They are more pop/rock with a punk influence. Seriously, where did you pull Lagwagon out of your ass?

Anonymous (October 24, 2004)

are u kidding me, this band owns you!!! They sound nothing like lagwagon. They are their own style. The person who reviewed this is quite musically ignorant

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

This sounds nothing like Lagwagon. It's your typical singing/screamer shit!!

Icapped2pac (October 15, 2004)

I dowloaded it and couldnt even get through half of it, and I generally like similar bands. It's not even worth hard drive space.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

I just got this cd, it's really good so far.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

it's pretty good! i like the recording quality.
not super amazing stuff but i would see them if they came to town!!

bemused (October 12, 2004)

Sounds interesting. I don't know how any band could pull off a mix between Thursday and Lagwagon though.

Btw, Three cheers for Lagwagon for coming to Australia.

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