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Before Nightfall / Press

“Melodic Death Metal outfit BEFORE NIGHTFALL was second on the bill and, after a slightly late start and having shortened their set a song, gave their all for the crowd as it grew with size and anticipation. Michael Varlet, vocals/guitar, provided a fresh and raw brutality rarely seen in the Australian music scene with his dry and his 80's thrash look. He and guitarist Douglass Mabbutt trading instances of blistering solos and filled with technicality was a personal highlight and Varlet even entered the pit at one stage to enjoy some quality moshing time with the fans. It was a strong performance by a great young band and I'm sure I am not the only one who is now taking notice of these guys, as they are certainly ones to watch.”

“'For the most part, the songs come across with the guitars being the obvious maestro, both intricate and aggressive all at once with the other element falling neatly into place. The great part though, unlike a lot of current European styled Melodeath bands is that all the instruments manage to not only fit their part but also excel in their own fields. The drums are pounding and consistent but are also creative and non standard, the vocals are dynamic and changing instead of stoic and bland and much the same can be rest for the rest of the band. The keyboards are quite in your face for the most part, and though I generally find that to be counterproductive, in this case it only adds to the epic feel of the album. The note choice is superb and complimentary to every part of the song and never gets fatiguing, again another very impressive aspect coming from such a young band.'”

Chris Themelco - Monolith Studios

“The Step Inn - Sat Jun 26 Before Nightfall are tonight’s last minute openers. The local band’s chops are outstanding as they rip through a set of European death metal.”

“'Before Nightfall headlined the show. I was really looking forward to checking out the melodic Death metal quintet and was a bit cut when I heard of their time constraints; which in true rock-star fashion, they disobeyed! Before Nightfall’s’ brand of metal is beautiful as it is rhythmic. The band combines screams, amazingly structured and layered lead riffs over intense rhythms with added samples at the most appropriate times. Live, their sound is incredibly precise and, to some weird extent, thought provoking. But most of all, some of their riffs are extremely catchy and, that is something every band should strive for. Overall, it was an amazing set and I wish that they had more time to play.'”