All Out War "Assassins in the House of God" CDPosted on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 7:57am » permalink
Whew, you know, of all the bands that were around during the 90's honing this brand of metallic (to the point of basically being straight metal) hardcore, I really wouldn't have expected All Out War to be among the select few still putting out records some 15+ years later. But holy fucking shit has their persistence (not to mention their consistency) paid off, because "Assassins in the House of God", their fourth full-length overall and first since 2003's "Condemned to Suffer" (again on Victory Records – apparently still willing to put out a record that's actually as vicious as the shit they were focusing on 10+ years ago), may just be their strongest outing to date. I mean, shit, to these ears it sounds a hell of a lot like their 1996 debut, "Truth in the Age of Lies", just with a much stronger recording and a greater sense of focus and force within the songwriting. I swear, minutes after popping this fucker in for the first time I was literally laughing out loud (out of sheer glee, mind you) at how true to the band's past this material remains. I'm talking loads of sick, chugging power chord rhythms, ripping picking patterns loosely reminiscent of thrash/death metal, their burly take on those Slayer-esque hammer-on/pull-off riffs and discordant note-based runs, crushing breakdowns, plodding bass and thundering percussion, Mike Score's inimitably bitter sneers… it's all here, and I love it. It really is totally in line with the band's past efforts, just better, because I feel like the energy level stays amped up for the bulk of the record, thus making the tracks a little more memorable and in your face. Plus, there's a killer guitar tone and a super dense yet clear and balanced mix, so I've got no complaints. Even the lyrics are completely reminiscent of what we've all come to expect:
No one is innocent. We shall burn in their cries. Cursed with damnation for we ignored their shattered lives. We are drowning in ignorance and drowning in our fear. Tribulation will be upon us and our final judgment is now near. In damnation we shall fall upon our knees. Praying for mercy for our sins against the weak, but there is no redemption for this time has now long passed, There shall be no salvation, what's done is done the die's been cast.
I'm sold, that's all there is to it. Kudos, gentlemen… and hopefully we won't have to wait another three to five years for album #5!
Make. The. Fucking. Grab. Now: