All Shall Perish - Hate.Malice.Revenge (Nuclear Blast Records)
By: Justin Donnelly
You would be hard pressed to find a single record label releasing metal these days that hasn’t had a stab at the phenomenon known as metalcore in recent years.
But while some acts within the current fad have been quite successful (Names that come to mind are Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, As I Lay Dying and Unearth), there’s more than enough record labels out there trying to find the next big thing, with most peddling out the same generic tired sounding acts that use the set formula of Swedish death metal mixed with countless hardcore influences.
Having said that, Nuclear Blast Records have really found something interesting in Oakland (California) based act All Shall Perish.
Originally forming in 2002, the five piece act (Who consist of vocalist Craig Betit, Antagony/Hacksaw To The Throat guitarist/vocalist Caysen Russo, Antagony guitarist Beniko Orum, bassist Mike Tiner and drummer Matt Kuykendall) managed to get their debut album Hate.Malice.Revenge a limited through the small underground Japanese label Amputated Vein Records in 2003, before Nuclear Blast Records saw the potential in the album, and decided to finally allow the rest of the world to hear just how different the band are, and how in touch Nuclear Blast Records are in finding something unique.
While metalcore isn’t the most accurate description to place on the All Shall Perish sound, it does have hints of hardcore amongst the brutal death metal and grindcore tried and true formula.
Beginning with ‘Deconstruction’ (A savage attack on Betit’s ex-girlfriend), All Shall Perish dish out a relentless mix of Swedish influenced death metal, but also mix in ultra heavy breakdowns sparingly, which helps make the band sound unlike what most are doing.
Both ‘Laid To Rest’ and ‘Our Own Grave’ slows things into a heavier groove (Which eventually leads into full on assaults further into the tracks) with plenty of the bands musical complexities evident in the mix alongside Betit’s inhuman vocalisation, while ‘The Spreading Disease’ covers many of the bands influences to create a sprawling hybrid track that never follows a singular path.
‘For Far Too Long...’, although a good song, sounds very formulated and predictable, but ‘Sever The Memory’, the slower grindcore/Slayer influenced ‘Never Ending War’ and ‘Herding The Brainwashed’ is obvious highlights for the second half of the album.
All Shall Perish have, unlike most, that special something that makes their album Hate.Malice.Revenge stand out from most. Depending on how you view things, it could be put down to the brutal aspect of their delivery of hardcore, or maybe it’s the hardcore influences within their death metal framework. But any way you look at it, All Shall Perish are something a little different to most, and we can thank the foresight of Nuclear Blast Records for allowing more to us to appreciate this seriously underrated act.