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Kylesa ranges far and wide, using their utter disregard of musical boundaries to bring together avant-garde experimentalism with the pure fury of dirty, sludgy riffs and raw, impassioned male and female vocals. There is a relentless intensity to their music, from the ambient noise interludes that sometimes link songs to the doom-inspired punishment they are capabe of dishing out with dual drop tuned guitars.

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  • So many bands have written so many albums by using more-or-less one very simple songwriting rule: mix together hardcore and heavy metal as frequently as possible. Bands as old as Napalm Death, Meshuggah, Pantera, Hatebreed, and Dying Fetus were among the first to augment death or thrash metal with various elements borrowed from the hardcore world (breakdowns, for example). And through the years, the bands just kept forming, and thus the hardcore-vibe has stayed alive long enough to go through a huge popularity explosion at the turn of the new millennium – innumerable “metalcore” and “metallic hardcore” bands exploded from the music scene around 2000 (thus making hardcore breakdowns as plentiful in music as stars in the sky). But if you sit down and think for a minute, you should eventually realize there are two types of bands that do breakdowns: 1) those like First Blood and As I Lay Dying, who do them because it’s the cool thing to do right now; and 2) bands like All Shall Perish, who do not sound like a generic Johnny-come-lately, but instead sound natural and very comfortable with both hardcore and heavy metal. It sounds like the members of the Bay Area quintet All Shall Perish are first-and-foremost death metalheads, but they also have quite a bit of grindcore (Carcass, Napalm Death, etc.) and Slayer-type thrash coursing through their veins, and they just now happen to be listening to a bit of hardcore (Hatebreed, Terror, etc.), too. This means ASP’s second full-length, “The Price Of Existence,” keeps the hardcore traits (gang shouts, punishing Hatebreed-esque breakdowns, etc.) to a minimum, thus making them more effective when they are used.

    Truthfully, “The Price Of Existence” manages to be even buffer, beefier, busier, and more muscular, energetic, and brutal than the band’s debut, “Hate, Malice, Revenge” (which was released in 2003 and re-released in 2005). A crystal-clear production job capitalizes on the disc’s scalding energy, genuine urgency, gritty rawness, visceral anger, and great musicianship. The musical arrangements are extremely potent, tight, technical, steadfast, and carefully-constructed: Tons and tons of abrasive, grinding, cavity-shaking riffs, guitar leads that might singe your ear hair, quick, slamming drums, and tortured, demonic vocals (check out the almost deafening shrieks!) are incessantly heaped atop thick bass lines and dark, hefty, booming rhythms. It’s a lethal concoction, and boy does it rock hard and with lots of fire. All Shall Perish officially rank right-alongside almost any other death metal band relevant today, including the likes of Skinless, Black Dahlia Murder, and Misery Index.

    Although it may not exactly reinvent the deathcore genre, “TPoE” is an uncompromisingly harsh, powerfully bludgeoning, ferociously blistering take-no-prisoners assault which never friggin’ lets up, save for a brief acoustic instrumental interlude called “Greyson,” and a piano intro on the set closer, “The Last Relapse.” Plus, the songs’ constant, inescapable energy and nifty hooks help to make almost the whole album interesting and memorable. “Eradication” opens the disc up with a smoke-inducing jackhammer rhythm, frothing six-string interplay, smashing blasts, and a slow tempo change which helps build the tension nicely. Later, “Wage Slaves” and “We Hold These Truths…” back fiery, crunching riffs with walloping skins; sharp, punching riffs and exceptional bass work shred through the listener’s speakers on “There Is No Business To Be Done On A Dead Planet;” “Better Living Through Catastrophe” features a great slow-to-fast build-up, thunderous, machine gun power chords, and an At The Gates-style blast beat; “Prisoner Of War” is an almost blinding number with a lengthy, careening solo, scorching riffs and rapid-fire drums that hit you over the head like falling cement blocks; “The True Beast” utilizes huge, flattening power chords to evoke the sound of steel doors being rapidly slammed shut; and the above-mentioned “The Last Relapse” is highlighted by busy, frothing, dogfighting riffs, a thumping beat, and a whiplash speed shift that will likely strain your neck muscles.

    If anything drags “The Price Of Existence” down, it’s that a generic, uneventful, less-than-exciting-or-amazing part will occasionally crop up, thus stalling the record’s momentum and come across sounding a lot like filler (for example, track ten, the completely forgettable “Promises,” kind of sags and probably should have been scrapped from the record entirely.) Plus, upon close inspection, it’s clear that some of the riffs (particularly the slower, earth-shaking type) are recycled more than a few times over the course of these eleven tracks. But ultimately, any extreme music fan will find those two flaws very minute and almost irrelevant when he or she considers how much skull-crushing force, face-melting intensity, and massive devastation this mercilessly b-b-b-brutal monster holds.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is incredible…I bought this album today with the new Slayer, but let me tell you something this album is packed with full speed and good musicianship. These guys blends metalcore, death metal and thrash in a perfect combination. There’s no breakdowns here, good guitar riffs and impress drumming. Try this album and you won’t regret it!!!

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I see a lot of reviews so I’ll assume everything has been said and keep this short.
    These guys make awesome music and will probably get huge if they stay on this path. Aside from looking and acting like total douchebags (did anyone see the MTV2 video they have out?) these guys are doing everything right. If you like old Lamb of God you’ll surely dig this.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If I were to deconstruct in terms of genre the music played by All Shall Perish, I would find myself talking about metalcore, i.e. the blending of hardcore and metal. In the former department we have some of the heaviest breakdowns I’ve heard, ones quite worthy of the best hardcore dancing and circle pitting. Regarding the latter we have some excellent death metal played with melody and superb competence. With all this said, it would nevertheless be a lie to call All Shall Perish metalcore. They are able to walk the line between these two genres without falling into the category that best describes, say, Unearth, due to a level of aggression and brutality that breaks the mold.

    I had not heard All Shall Perish until this album, but afterwards I searched for their prior release, entitled “Hate. Malice. Revenge.” if I recall correctly, and the two simply cannot be compared. While their earlier work clearly shows signs of what would become their current opus, everything from the production to the technicality of the guitar work is ten notches higher on “The Price of Existence”. The vocals are varied and crystal clear, from a gurgling low to a piercing shriek, all of which keeps the energy flowing throughout the album. The drumming is ferocious and, of course, blisteringly fast. But not always, seeing as how most tracks break down into some of the most skull-crushingly heavy romps I can recall (add to this some bass drops that will explode your subwoofer [added in the post production] to increase the already heavy moments). The guitars work is technically proficient and catchy, employing plenty of melody and lead work that shreds along side the best in the game.

    Basically this album is an all-around crowd pleaser. It’ll grab you by the balls no matter what your prefered genre of heavy music might be. Keep and eye on these guys because if they keep progressing like thay have, you can only expect future greatness from them.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First of all, to the last reviewer, there ARE breakdowns in this album. In fact, there are breakdowns in every song except the interlude called Greyson. They are a death metal band, but they have hardcore influences as well. They have said this in numerous interviews. They take the breakdowns and combine then with amazing drumming, amazing guitar skills, thanks to Beniko and thier new shredder Chris, and their new singer Eddie, formerly of the Bay Area band Gunmetal Grey.

    I heard Eradication a long time ago when they put it up on their myspace and was amazed. I couldn’t wait for the cd. When I saw them at California Metalfest back in May, and they announced that it was coming out August 8th. I went out to the Sam Goody yesterday and bought the last copy they had.

    I have been listening to their first cd Hate.Malice.Revenge since it came out in 2004 on a small label called Amputated Vein. It was probably my favorite cd back in 2004. The amazing death metal combined with hardcore really caught my attention. All of the members of the band, past and current, are very good at what they do. I love Craig, the original singer’s vocals, but I think Eddie does a better job.

    The drumming on this cd is fantastic. Matt plays plenty of blastbeats, crazy drum fills, and even gravity rolls, which is one handed drum roll. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Listen to the band Brain Drill.

    The guitarists are as great as ever, with Mike, the bassist coming in and toning everything out. Chris their new guitarist shreds on this cd, with Beniko doing his fair share of shredding.

    While both of All Shall Perish’s cds are part of my top 10 favorite cds, I think they surpassed Hate.Malice.Revenge with The Price Of Existence. This is going to be one of the Top 10 Best cds this year. If you love death metal, and/or if you love hardcore with a lot of metal, go out and buy this cd. It will be worth every penny.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now