Introducing: Befell

Wearing the t-shirt of your favourite band doesn’t only make you look super cool, it can also lead to exciting opportunities by meeting fellow metal lovers. For example, thrilling new Philadelphia band Befell only formed as a result of two total strangers wearing the same AC/DC shirt, at the same time, in the same petrol station.

The band, from the municipality of State College – which, confusingly for a non-American, is the home of the college Penn State University – started out when Bruce Boring (vocals and guitar) and Mitch Caprio (guitar) met through a mutual friend. However, this only occurred as that mutual friend bumped into Bruce, who just so happened to be wearing the exact same AC/DC t-shirt. The two new pals got talking, started jamming together and Mitch joined them a few weeks later. From there, Bruce and Mitch started trying to put together a serious band but it took them four years to discover drummer Jace Ebersole then, a few months later, brought in Jon Perini on bass.

Since then, Befell have set about honing a metalcore meets thrash sound that Jace describes as “heavy, melodic and balanced.” While Jon adds: “I’ve heard people say everything from Bullet to Mastodon, from Killswitch to Megadeth. I would say our music is a modern take on old-school metalcore, blending melodic riffs with brutal breakdowns.”

While Bruce adds: “The metalcore and groove metal style is a definitive part of our sound for sure. But then you have more interesting influences sprinkled in that give it a nice touch. We’ve had songs that have black metal influence, hardcore influence, thrash, and the melodies are from all over the place.”

Sounds pretty good right? You’re not wrong. Our first taste of this was Endless Cycle, which was one of three singles plus a debut EP that was released last year. And it’s one hell of an impressive first impression.

Endless Cycle opens up with delicious high-pitched spinning guitar lick over drawn-out chords. An awesome blast of heavy driving drums and guitars come in to support the lick, then booming thrashy guitars take us into an energetic opening verse. The vocals intensify before feeding into a more melodic chorus with crushing instrumentals continuing in support. A big instrumental section that you can’t help but smash your head along to drops into another heavy verse and a chorus supported by piercing guitar over intense drums and guitar chords.

The second chorus drops into a big breakdown of chunky chords and a funky little lick, which give way to a cool solo. That winds its way towards a final blast of the chorus that brings the track to a heavy conclusion. Check it out in the lyric video here:

Last year they also released a three-track “single” called Solitude. That includes the intense Ticks and awesomely dark Innocent Victims, which also includes a cool solo over chugging guitars that you can listen to in the stream below, as well as Endless Cycle, and follows on from last year’s EP Uproot.

Befell’s biggest influences include the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Lamb of God and As I Lay Dying. While Bruce attributes his vocal inspiration to the likes of Matt Tuck and Heafy, plus calling out James Hetfield’s “insane downpicking” as a big influence.

And on what inspires them to write music, Jace tells us: “We just write about life and how yeah, it’s not easy a lot of the time. There’s a lot of times when life sucks and there’s a lot of cards that we’re dealt that make it hard to see the good things. But the good things are there, and you’re strong enough to overcome these obstacles.

“Some of these songs may not sound uplifting because it’s more of a description of the struggles, but I think it’s really important to make it known that ‘Hey, what you’re feeling? You aren’t alone.’ That may sound cliche or corny, but seriously being just one more person to put that message out there, you never know what good that can do for a person.

“We feel like we’re doing a style that calls back to the old school, sure, but given that we all listen to plenty of modern music, it’s a fresh enough twist we think we can offer you something you’ll love. Our dream is to hit the road and do tours, so if you dig us, get the word out and, hopefully, we’ll be in a city near you soon enough!”

So there you go, wear your favourite band’s t-shirt with pride because, you never know, just like Bruce, you too could find it lands you in an awesome new metal band!

There’s plenty more to come from Befell, including more new music. Jace is living in Arizona until September, which means they’ll be largely focused on online content, plus more exciting news that they can’t tell us about yet… but stay tuned.

You can follow Befell on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, and check out their music on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music and YouTube.

Listen to Befell and more new bands on our Spotify playlists GigRadar Core and GigRadar Metal

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