Set Before Us – Vitae

Rating: 2/5
Released: 2018
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Band line-up:

Erik Tropp – vocals
Niklas Edström – guitar/vocals
Hampus Andersson – bass
Jesper Nilsson – guitar
Emanuel Borgefors – drums


01. Untainted – 4:22
02. Avalanche – 3:39
03. Identity – 4:16
04. Harbor – 4:10
05. The Eternal Fight – 4:15
06. Everest – 3:06
07. Ignite – 3:30
08. Haven – 3:19
09. Fountain of Youth – 2:56
10. Oblivion – 3:23
11. Charon – 5:10


Set Before Us is a Swedish band that started in 2012 but wasn’t on my radar.

In their bio they call their genre ‘alternative melodic metalcore’ which explains why I don’t know about them. The genre by itself is cringeworthy enough but then I took a look at the band’s picture… I know it’s silly to judge a book by its cover. It is. But when we talk about musicians (especially in heavy genres) I think they have to look badass or streetwise. Think about Lemmy, Glenn Benton, Freddy Madball… You now what I’m talking about. Now, our Swedish friends look like model guys dressed according to the latest fashion that you see in Hackney. For me these are not compatible. Call me an elitist if you want, I can take it.

Anyway, let’s talk about the album and what’s good about it. The sound and the engineering are amazing. If I had to give a score only on that one, the album would be 5 out of 5. Parts sound a bit too modern (or plastic) for my ears, but not too much. The vocals are superb too (except the ‘clean’ ones); the two vocalists complete each other.

The cover is simple; it doesn’t add or take anything from the record – would still make it a fiver.

But the songs are not right somehow. I feel the energy, but it’s somehow pointless. Some of the songs sound the same, but even without that this album is boring. I didn’t want to smash the lights in the room, I didn’t even headbang while I listened to the album, nor tap my feet to the rhythm. ‘Vitae’ is nothing new, not even original.

Even with this opinion though, I know that Set Before Us has their own fairly big audience – as it’s not bad at all – and the genre also has its own audience. It’s just far from what I think of when I hear the word ‘core’.

Review by Gabor Csete