Every band seems to be ‘exploding onto the scene’. Here’s the thing about explosions: they are literally over in an instant. They have one quick blast, and the party’s over. The bands that stick around are the ones who put in the hard yards for weeks, months, years, never giving up, because music is what they were put on the earth to do. This is not merely an excuse to party – this is a career. Case in point: Sydney-based For All Eternity. Since their inception in 2008, the band have maintained a carefully measured growth that is so easily displayed by the fifty thousand fans on their Facebook page. That impressive figure is completely due to their tireless work ethic, their supreme live show and the sheer quality of their music. Talk is cheap; action matters. For All Eternity have taken this motto literally. Booking tours is hard enough with a clear schedule, let alone when the artist has to organize annual leave or swap weekends from their day job. Don’t even get them started on the constraints of family commitments. In spite of this, For All Eternity have managed to build a presence in the national, and international, scene with their pulverising performances and have even travelled to the US, not once, but twice, to record full-length albums, projects which were entirely self-funded. Rather than take the easy route, they have shared the stage with a multitude of the best live acts in music history. The have shared the stage with the likes of Emery, The Devil Wears Prada, Parkway Drive, Impending Doom, Hatebreed, I Killed the Prom Queen and The Amity Affliction, and toured across the country with Texas In July, For Today, iwrestledabearonce, Oh Sleeper, Demon Hunter and more. Further, they have toured New Zealand twice in the last two years. Their stage presence is both captivating and intimidating, and they are also on their first national headlining tour, the Scorch the Nation Tour. Of course, it would be impossible to tour with such consistency and in such esteemed company if their music were in any way lacking. Since their first self-titled EP, For All Eternity have tempered and refined a signature style of melodic metalcore that is wholly their own. A singing drummer and dominating front man draws inevitable comparisons to Underoath, but For All Eternity are far more than a carbon copy of any band. More akin to August Burns Red or Parkway Drive, they seamlessly intertwine melody and technical brutally with heartfelt, honest lyrics concerning faith, inner demons and everything in between. With a new album due out this year, and a vast international fan base that most bands would kill for, the time is now. This is the year that For All Eternity will truly leave their mark. A flash in a pan is just that. For All Eternity, conversely, have established themselves slowly, methodically and without rash decisions. They are most definitely on their way, and the only way is up.