ACROSS THE SUN
BEFORE THE NIGHT TAKES US
Across the Sun is a Portland, OR based modern metal quintet whose 10-track disc BEFORE THE NIGHT TAKES US displays a streamlined array of both European and American influence from many of the more successful bands in metal from the last 10 years. Liberally applying parts of Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, Bleeding Through, and Children of Bodom into their mix, this squad extols a clinical and calculated form of metal enhanced by crushing guitar tones (“Ghost of Grandeur”) and assisted by progressive bass tones, emotionally-charged Howard Jones sound alike vocals and a prominent yet thankfully not overbearing piano/keyboard presence (“Seasons”). Across the Sun expresses an uncanny ability to create soaring melodies and bruising mosh parts, yet relies on familiarity a bit too often here and needs a bit more of their own identity to seep through their songs in order to break away from the metalcore middle.