This is a call out to all fans of Australian Metal! Home-grown Australian Metalcore band For All Eternity, hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, have been rocking the independent circuit since 2008. With their latest release The Will to Rebuild recently hitting shelves just days ago, OVERDRIVE got in touch with front man Shane Carroll to talk about the album, and got insight into so much more!
For All Eternity is comprised of Shane Carroll (vocals), Michael Buckley (drums/vocals), Jeremy Mosiejczuk (guitar), Nicholas Page (secondary guitar), and Scott Dibley (bass).
Carroll opened up with giving a little insight into who For All Eternity are, and the changes they’ve undergone as a band while compiling the new album. He explained, “We’re a Metalcore band from Sydney, been around for some years. People would generally describe our sound, and our band, as I guess a fusion of melody and heaviness. We’ve always had a really stark contrast within the band musically, in the sense that I’m the heavy vocalist and our drummer is actually our singer. We’ve always had this stark contrast, and really heavy vocals and high singing between myself and Michael [Buckley]. But I guess this record is decidedly different in the sense that instead of having that really stark contrast, myself and Michael are more interwoven and working together more so then at opposite ends of the spectrum. Yeah, a bit of a stylistic change for our band, definitely not what people would expect from For All Eternity, but mate so far we’ve just dropped the record and people have been pleasantly surprised.”
For All Eternity, as Carroll mentioned, has been in the system for a while (close to 10 years to be exact). Carroll spoke about what he felt attributed most to them still being active within the circuit all these years later, through waves of nothing but passion. He explained, “Yeah, mate, I think its a few different elements. There’s definitely a real passion within the band to make music, and to connect with people through music. I think we’ve been really fortunate throughout our years to have a really amazing fan base, and listener base who really love our music. Which, I guess, brings me to my second point which is the fans. It’s such a unique and amazing experience to share music with people who genuinely love it, and mate we’re passionate about writing music and passionate about having this connection with our fans. Being in a band’s a really fantastic thing, I’m sure you hear quite commonly that it’s not an easy thing, and that’s true. But, mate, any other day I feel like the craft and the art of making music, and not just the sound itself but every aspect of being in a band (artwork, marketing) is just something personally I’m really passionate about, as well as the other guys in the band also. We’ve been very fortunate over the years to do some really amazing things with the band, and hopefully we’ll be around for many years to come.”
Metanoia, their 2015 release (the first with record label Facedown Records) helped propel them within the Australian Independent circuit quite a bit, and started getting the name of For All Eternity into households. Carroll spoke about what it was like producing such a life changing album, given he personally felt that this album was going to be the last thing the band ever did together as a group. He explained, “Um, mate, if I’m very honest at the time the band we were in a pretty average space, you know? I guess we were finding ourselves a little worn out, a little unmotivated (you know) in 2013 and 2014. We absolutely, I mean, on the advice of a few industry people around us we hit the road, we hit it hard, and absolutely thrashed shows as much as we could around Australia and New Zealand. We tired ourselves out quite a bit actually, I’m sure people who were around the scene at the time would remember For All Eternity was on the road, I think we did 9 or 10 tours that year throughout Australia, which is quite a lot for Australia. Yeah mate, we burnt ourselves out and now we have this record, mate if I’m very honest I feel like it wasn’t spoken about but I feel like we put this record out and almost pack it up, I would almost say.”
He continued to talk about Facedown Records, who seemingly were the saving grace for the band, coming in at the time they did and helping produce the album that reinvigorated the band as a whole, which the same youthful exuberance that they’re running with today. He explained, “But then we were very fortunate to link up with Facedown Records out of California, those guys (you know) got in touch with us and were very passionate about the band and the record, and they decided to put it out which we were like ‘OK, sweet’. There’s no complaints here because I’ve grown up listening to bands who were on Facedown Records, you know it was a bit of a dream of mine to be on the label and release music through that label, you know. Even with the optimism of the label backing I think we were still sort of half umming and ahhing about the future of the band, in terms of putting out more music in the future and I guess what our plan was, you know? We put the record out and the sort of raw response was absolutely outstanding, the label actually told us it was the second highest selling label debut in the labels history, which was amazing considering the label had been the breeding ground for some of the biggest metal bands kicking around in the states, so for that to have been the case for our record mate we were just absolutely blown away. You guess I could say it gave our band new life, moving forward we’re just in a really good place now making music and you know, doing what we’re doing.”
Turning attention to their latest release The Will to Rebuild, somewhat of a more menacing, brooding album compared to their last release, Carroll spoke about the recording process and how long it took them to bring it all together. He explained, “From start to finish, decisively say from the time we started to the time we wrapped up in the studio, I’d say around eight months’ time. Which is generally quite a short amount of time in relation to our song writing and stuff like that. I don’t know mate I think the record just came together. In terms of our attitude towards the record and what we wanted to accomplish I guess more than ever before everything was just crystal clear. Yeah mate, I’m not sure what other artists would consider a short time or long time to write a record but it was reasonably quick for us. Yeah, coincidentally I think by far it’s the best material we’ve ever made.”
The album is painted from start to finish in every shade of black, and Carroll opened up about a past plighted with nothing but heartache and pain which entrenched itself within the music that he had written for the album. The album is nothing but raw emotional and vulnerability, which lends an aura of truth to what you’re listening to. It’s not fabricated to be an instant hit, it’s produced out of pure human emotion, which is what makes it so powerful. He explained, “What’s interesting is in our previous material you know the lyrical concepts and themes have always been conceptual, have always been hypotheticals you know? This time around, I mean in 2016 I had pretty much the grimmest year of my life (in terms of my personal life) and um, mate everything on the record is true about my life, everything is drawn from my experiences I’ve taken from last year. As you said mate it’s very grim, very dark and very hopeless and mate they’re true words written by my hand in some of the darkest times of my life. You know it’s really amazing to have this outlet to be able to talk about it, and to be able to I guess touch on those difficult times and the heartbreak I endured last year, on the count of a few events that had gone on. The content is super personal, its super emotive like you said, and it’s 100% real mate. It’s a real representation of how I was feeling, and things I was going through at the time.”
Having gone through some of the hardest times of his life, it was somewhat therapeutic to get pen to paper and write down what he was thinking, and feeling. Things could have gone a hell of a lot differently, but turning to music not only helped him mentally, but saved him spiritually I almost feel also. Carroll explains how it felt turning to music for answers during such a dark time. “Well mate it’s interesting, the difficult times I went through (you know) you hear about all different types of ways people would deal with grief, and depression and all those types of things you know. You hear about people jumping into drugs, or jumping into alcohol or what have you, even some people would get into self-harm and things like that. For me, writing lyrics was my answer, writing down my thoughts was my way of dealing with everything and it’s amazing that I had this medium to sort of inject myself into with the hurting and the heartache I was experiencing. To have that as therapy, and to have that as what I did to push past (you know what I mean), interestingly I feel I was able to get through my ordeal infinitely easier because I had that outlet. It fully was just critical in my ability to move forward and to heal. Definitely man, therapeutic and beneficial for me. At times yes, you’re right, difficult to do it but I just (you know) I know that if I write this down and tell my story that something great might come of it. You know what? If something great can come of something so terrible then how good is that?”
Only releasing the album days before this interview, it might have been a bit redundant to ask what Carroll and For All Eternity had planned for the future moving forward, now more invigorated than ever. However, Carroll was nothing but optimistic about the opportunities he hopes will now present themselves moving forward. He explained, “It’s still early days but I personally feel optimistic. When you put out music and you’re changing the style and taking a leap of faith in that regard it’s definitely scary but with that comes new opportunity, new markets, new people who might be interested in the band. Mate, I’m personally very optimistic for touring opportunities not just here in Australia, but over in the States, and in Europe as well. I think right now its day one, we’ve been putting in a lot of work and releasing a lot of content surrounding the record. Over the next couple of months we’re going to keep pushing that and try and reach as many people as possible, but on the back of that mate I can definitely see us knuckling down and getting some more opportunities to reach many more people as the time goes on.”
FOR ALL ETERNITY’S LATEST ALBUM THE WILL TO REBUILD IS OUT NOW. GRAB YOUR COPY HERE!