Christian metalcore band, For Today have recently released their fifth full length album (their second album with new label Razor & Tie) entitled Fight the Silence. For Today have established themselves as one of the more consistent bands around today, which says a lot. In a world where fans are quite fickle and constantly demand more change, For Today have been able to capitalize on a sound that was solidified with Breaker back in 2010. Some bands do not have a lot of substance in the way of songs and need to constantly change their sound and image in order to continue to appeal to their old fans whilst trying to gain new fans, but For Today are one of those bands that have struck true to their beliefs and are still pumping out great tunes.
If you have heard Immortal or the Prevailer EP, then you have a good idea of what is on Fight the Silence. There are no real surprises on this album. There are some more clean choruses provided by Ryan Leitru, has been a great addition to the For Today sound and Leitru has really stepped up on this album. Immortal was the guinea pig album that allowed for this album to sound the way it does and is one of the redeeming qualities of this album.
The first three songs are absolutely huge (“Molotov,” the title track and “Pariah”) and some of the best songs the band have ever out their name on. There are also a couple shorter, almost interlude tracks (“Reflections” and “Resonate”) that are spacey, guitar solos with Lietru’s voice guiding them into the next song, further suggesting his continued influence on the overall production and songwriting for (at least) this album. Other standout tracks include “Break the Cycle,” which features Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire fame, “Fatherless,” “A Call to Arms” and “For the Fallen.” While the band may not be exploring new waters musically, the lyrics more than make up for it. The lyrics are also a little more personal on this record and try to bring many sensitive subjects that are easily ignored by the masses to light. “Fight the Silence” is a golden example of that as well as other tracks including “Fatherless,” “Dead to Rights,” and “One Voice.”
Not to slate the record, but if you’ve heard any of the last three records, then you kinda know exactly how this album will sound. It’s not a bad thing because the band are still writing killer tracks, but there will always be some fans out there that want more of a change and might not be fully satisfied by this record. It’s a very natural step forward for the band and those of you who have loved the band from the very beginning will continue to love and support this band no matter what.
For Today are on the bill for this years Warped Tour and will be joined with Born of Osiris, The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, Stray from the Path, and many more.