FOR TODAY

"Fight the Silence" (Razor & Tie; 2014)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

For Today are Christian metalcore from Sioux City, Iowa. Their message gets mixed with the music and, even though I'm a fan of the message, the screaming gets in the way for me. I know they are trying to reach those who dig metalcore but when the clean singing comes in I'm more apt to lean in and listen. They have a lot of 'lyric' videos because, well, that's about the only way you can understand what's being growled.

The music is heavy as metalcore should be. The guitar has more depth than I've heard in a while -- acoustics and some solos are peppered in this offering. Ryan, who plays lead guitar, can sing, but I know metalcore has a reputation to uphold and they even have a guest vocalists such as Matty Mullins from Memphis May Fire, another metalcore band from Dallas, Texas.

This is their fifth disc and they show no signs of slowing down or letting up so keep killing it guys!

For Today: Mattie Montgomery - lead vocals; Ryan Leitru - lead guitar, clean vocals; Sam Penner - rhythm guitar; Brandon Leitru - bass guitar; David Puckett - drums, percussion. Additional Personnel: Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire) - guest vocals on "Break the Cycle".

For more information, check out http://www.fortodayband.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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