All Out War "Truth in the Age of Lies" CDPosted on Friday, October 6th, 2006 @ 9:06am » permalink
Another band that had the "holy terror" term thrown their way on rare occasion almost a decade ago due to their apocalyptic lyrics and overtly metallic sound was All Out War, who put out their most recent (and still awesome) record in 2003 and are currently working on new material. All Out War formed in the early-90's, and after a few demos, 7"s, and compilation appearances finally released their debut full-length, "Truth in the Age of Lies", in 1997 on the German label Gain Ground. The band's revolving lineup and on again/off again status over the years has made them somewhat less productive than most bands of their age in terms of recorded output, but they've never done a bad record, so fuck it. Jam packed with their brand of thick, moshy riffing and thrashier than average picking patterns (we're talking vicious chugging here), All Out War's sound combined the density and crushing aggression of the east coast's staple metallic hardcore sound with an intense dose of some serious metal. Other bands associated with the hardcore scene were dealing with comparable levels of metal at the time, but All Out War was definitely one of the originators as far as taking that influence to the next level, and their particular riffing/writing style combined with Mike Score's sick vocals has always given them an identifiable sound of their own. I personally feel that these guys have never been given the credit they deserve, either. Their songwriting, especially on some of these earlier tracks, really possesses a lot of qualities that have been sorely lacking in the genre's recent years. You just don't find many bands taking tactful grooves and implementing them into this type of framework with such an intense result anymore, and that's a shame.
There shall come a time when this Earth shall cease. The end of mankind. This world will be at peace, brought on by greed. This day will soon be here. From this hatred we're free. The hand of doom is now near. Great wall of fire. Who shall live, who shall die? No escape from the fire. Our existence is a lie. Point out who's to blame. No answer, it's too late. Man's destiny up in flames. Look around, we're all to blame.
Sadly this one's out of print and harder than expected to find these days, but according to the band's website they're going to be reissuing it with some bonus material at some point, so that should be fuckin' great. Keep an eye out…