All Shall Perish: Hate. Malice. Revenge.

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All Shall Perish: Hate. Malice. Revenge.
Deathcore
Amputated Vein Records, Nuclear Blast Records (2005)
April 19th, 2003 / February 14th, 2005
Release length: 36:11
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Back in 2003, the whole deathcore style was still slowly building up steam, and new bands were starting to emerge. Among them was All Shall Perish, who released Hate.Malice.Revenge to a small, but very hungry crowd. While the release isn’t anything spectacular, it was a notable entry into the deathcore scene, but perhaps the very first stereotypical deathcore album.

The sound that All Shall perish is pretty damn heavy, there is no doubt about that. “Laid To Rest”, for example, just sounds brutal right from the start. The crushing guitars sound great during the slower, off-breakdown parts, and the drumming is phenomenal when the music picks up. It’s just sad the breakdown ont his track is so boring that it kills the flow of the song. Musically, the same can be said for “The Spreading Disease”, which is fast, heavy, will make you want to punch the closest person or thing. This track actually has two breakdowns, and the first one is very well done, but the second breakdown is only interesting due to the machine gun double bass kicks that appear twice in it. By the time you hit “Sever The Memory” (which is actually isn’t that bad a song) you will begin to see that the All Shall Perish seemed to just put a riff here, a riff there, a breakdown in between, and so on, due to how sporadic the music can sometimes be, going from fast to breakdown to slow and whatever they feel like doing right then and there, sometimes without a bridge to make everything flow nicely.

Hate.Malice.Revenge just sounds too stereotypical, which is a pretty bad thing considering this style was still rather new and untouched. If you were to pick up any random mediocre metalcore album at this point of this album’s release, you would have that same feeling with this release. The music, while it sounds heavy, can be really bland. The drumming on Hate.Malice.Revenge is rather good, and perhaps the only real highlight of the album, but the guitars are some of the most stereotypical death chords ever chosen to mix with a core style. The distortion on the guitar was a good choice, or else they would just sound completely uninspiring. The breakdowns on this release have the potential to be amazing, but half the time they are just too tame, boring and sound very amateurish, as well as lazy as hell. The vocals on this are decent as well, being nothing more then what you would expect from a deathcore band, blending gutteral, a gutteral shout, and pig squeels.

While this isn’t the worst deathcore album out there, it really isn’t anything impressive. The music is rather sporadic, the breakdowns suck for the most part (for lack of a better term), and there are just moments on this album that really will grab you. “Sever The Memory”, “For Far Too Long” and “Herding The Brainwashed” are actually decent songs, but aside them, it’s moments like the speed of “The Spreading Disease” and the heaviness of “Laid To Rest” through all but the breakdowns that will really stand out. If you are a die hard deathcore fan, you may find some enjoyment on this release, but for the most part, there are too many mediocre tracks to sit there and say this was an important release for the deathcore scene at the time. If anything, it may very well have set it back somewhat.

01. Deconstruction – 2:52
02. Laid To Rest – 4:41
03. Our Own Grave – 4:10
04. The Spreading Disease – 4:33
05. Sever The Memory – 5:12
06. For Far Too Long… – 4:03
07. Never Ending War – 6:25
08. Herding The Brainwashed – 4:15
Overall Score: 4/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.