An Album That Will Restore Your Faith In NWOSDM – AFTER EARTH’s ‘The Rarity of Reason’

After Earth Band

Hailing from Skövde, this young band, AFTER EARTH, is proving that age is no barrier when it comes to producing quality melodeath music.

Their recent album, The Rarity of Reason, is a testament to their talent, featuring crushing riffs and colossal melodies that are reminiscent of genre masters such as IN FLAMES and AT THE GATES. Their music is not only reinvigorating the scene but is also a beacon of hope for the New Wave Of Swedish Metal. This band is a must-watch for any melodeath fan looking for the next big thing in the genre.

The Rarity of Reason was self-released on August 18th, and it’s available on all major streaming services as well as on AFTER EARTH‘s Bandcamp page.

After Earth The Rarity Of Reason


AFTER EARTH was created in the fall of 2017 in Skövde, Västra Götaland, Sweden, but it was only in mid-2019 that the band found a stable line-up and crafted enough material to start playing live shows. 

Then, the global pandemic forced them to cancel a few shows so they opted to record new songs instead,and in 2020 After Earth self-released their debut EP Before It Awakes, which was met with great critical acclaim. 

The following two years were a bit turbulent for the band as they suffered some line-up changes, yet the Swedes still managed to release a single “From Age to Aeon” in 2022, which was a heavier track clearly showing where AFTER EARTH was heading musically.

In early 2023, just a few weeks before the recordings of their debut album: The Rarity of Reason started, AFTER EARTH suffered another setback when both guitarists decided to leave for various reasons. The remainder of the band (Marcus Rydstedt: vocals, Anton Vehkaperä: drums and guitars, Olof Öman: Bass and acoustic guitars) then spent two weeks together with producer and studio engineer Robert Kukla at Obsidian Recording Studios to work on the album.

Anton Vehkaperä recorded the majority of electric guitars on the album (bar solos which were outsourced to Christoffer Nilsson) while Olof Öman recorded the acoustic parts as well as chords. 

Drums were recorded at a later date by Anton Vehkaperä in Nordic Sound Lab. The album was mixed by Rob Kukla and then mastered by death metal studio legend Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman.