Band members Frederic Metzler, Alexander Weber, Alexander Loeb & Kevin Horn. ©Another Timelapse

Album Review: Another Timelapse – Face Your Fears

The German Alternative Metal outfit still refuses to be categorized – and here’s why that’s a good thing.

After the release of their first album “The Days of Futures Past”, the approach to songwriting has drastically changed for Another Timelapse: “We incorporated more riffs and less synthetic matter into our instrumentation, the lyrics received a larger spotlight and overall we believe the songwriting is a step in a new direction”, says Alex Loeb, singer and guitar player for the quartet based in Mainz. But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

The boys initially formed their band as a hobby besides school in 2009 and swapped their members several times before sticking to the current lineup consisting of Alexander Loeb, Kevin Horn, Alexander Weber and Frederic Metzler in 2011. In a trail of success, the group won the local band contest “Rock N Pop Youngsters” and was able to finance their first recorded song to date, namely “Comatose / Overdose”. But what makes the group special in its approach to music?

The group lists its musical genre as ElectronicallydrivenPost-HardcorePunkMetalParty. “I believe we all come from different musical territories”, answers Loeb, “I prefer the heavier Core stuff as well as Indie and Punk, the others listen to everything from EDM to Metal and Symphonic Rock. We basically throw it all into one huge pot and see what comes out in the end, I guess. It has never been about trying to sound like anybody else rather than the fact we embrace all these different influences and furnish something new from them.”

“Face Your Fears” is a record of great diversity, blending brutal assaults with sweet melodies as to be heard in lullabies. One good example for this bond is the chorus in lead single “The Preacher’s Anthem”, which follows an unrelenting verse full of Post-Hardcore-esque screams and growls before opening up to a Wiener Waltz guided by choral, multilayered voices. Even though this might sound absurd, the mixture ironically works despite its overblown ambition. Good examples of strong collisions of music types can also be encountered in various other instances such as the pop punk swagger of “The Rescue”, where crushing riffs are married with happy melodies.

“I believe it is our strength to keep expanding our sound and trying new things”, says Loeb, “we don’t like to stay in one place or run in circles”. This can also be seen in the closing track “Redemption”: After a good three minutes of calm acoustic love song material in the prior “Placebo Affection”, the band packs all the guns it has in store. An homage to British Alt Metal rockers Architects finds its place in the heaviest riff of the album while Alex sings about the reawakening of a character in a heavenly place with utmost sincerity before hell breaks loose. One of many tempo changes throughout the record marks the furious last seconds of the album as dropped tuning meets its match with relentless drumming and the recurring musical motive also to be heard on “The Preacher’s Anthem”.

Another Timelapse close their album with no questions unanswered, expect the one referring to how they will continue. “We will play as many shows as we can get, us being students and all makes it difficult though. We don’t try to jump to risky conclusions but we are happy for what the future might hold for us considering we are all having a blast.”

The album is available on now every streaming service!
Catch the band live in Alzey on the 29th of October promoting their album in support of the Mock Unit and Infected World!

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