All Shall Perish - _Hate.Malice.Revenge_
(Nuclear Blast, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (6.5 out of 10)
Musical quality to one side for a moment, I have to say that All Shall Perish is easily one of the most inspired names I have heard of for a band in recent times. In a world where acts have become so desperate for catchy monikers that we're seeing now musicians who are actually proud to be known as Fornication or Anal Vomit, it's certainly a breath of fresh air to have a band manage to keep it anti-social, yet oh-so-metal at the same time. It's quite a surprise, really, that Nuclear Blast would have taken a chance with a group of relative unknowns like this, given the comparative lack of unestablished death metal presence on their roster these days; but the thudding opening strains of the fittingly-titled "Deconstruction" go some way to proving that the Oakland quintet are more than a simple flash-in-the-pan underground commodity. All Shall Perish are most definitely heavy as all hell, and with a dash of Hatebreed chugging blended into the maelstrom for good measure, _Hate.Malice.Revenge_ is consistently relentless. But as pleasingly brutal as the likes of "The Spreading Disease" and "Sever the Memory" are, there's a distinct loss of momentum that creeps in past the halfway mark, and although All Shall Perish start out the effort with all guns blazing, by the end of the record the impact of their arsenal has been reduced to little more than a hollow Biro and bits of paper.


(article published 20/1/2005)

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