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Album Review

With their first album, Hate, Malice, Revenge, Oakland's All Shall Perish walked something of a middle ground between America's two dominant strains of metal in the early 2000s: the commercially minded metalcore contingent led by Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall and the more extreme and hyper-technical strain represented by Mastodon and Dying Fetus, among others. With their second effort, 2006's The Price of Existence, improved financial support from new record company Nuclear Blast (who only reissued the debut, put out by an obscure Japanese label) have made it possible for the band to exacerbate those contrasts more effectively, while simultaneously proving that this 'best of both worlds' mentality was no thoughtless fluke. Certainly not where densely arranged new tracks like "Eradication," "Better Living Through Catastrophe," "We Hold These Truths," and "Promises" are concerned, since their bouts of labyrinthine riffing are as frequently spiced with blue-collar hardcore gang shouts as they are positively eye-popping flights of lead guitar heroics. By comparison, the lonely cowbell that kicks off "Wage Slaves" seems almost comical, but there's nothing funny about the lurching, tortured riffs that follow, emphasizing the band's harshest and uncompromising qualities; for these, see also the apocalyptic "There Is No Business to Be Done on a Dead Planet," where most any signs of melody and beauty are remorselessly crushed beneath the violent onslaught. The gently sweet "Interlude" helps to heal a few wounds, but just enough so listeners don't have to pay too big of an emotional cost for The Price of Existence.

Customer Reviews

It makes me feel happy inside my pants...

What a killer album! I must say that All Shall Perish is a very awesome band. These are some pretty talented dudes. The drummer is amazing, along with the guitarists. I love the vocals too! The Price Of Existence has the perfect blend of death metal put together with some great breakdowns. The songs that I like best are: "Prisoner Of War", "Eradication", and "We Hold these Truths". I would suggest that you buy this cd, it will not dissapoint.

Brutal doesn't even begin to describe it.

This is one of my favorite albums at the present moment. This album doesn't really bring any new sounds to the table, but it perfectly executes the sounds that make crushing, destructive metal what it is today. This group is extremely talented and I can't wait to see where their future releases take them. Check out the blast beats on "There is No Business to be Done on a Dead Planet", you will be amazed. They have captured such a brutal sound on this recording; I am willing to bet All Shall Perish will gain some much deserved attention for this release. Also check out: As Blood Runs Black, Embrace the End, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bloodbath, Decapitated, and Through the Eyes of the Dead.

holy hell

This is the most amazing band...anyone that says they aren't amazing obviously doesnt understand music...every song on this cd is cd of the year...anyone who disagrees, just stop listening to music...TAKE IT BACK!!


Formed: 2002 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Technical death metal band All Shall Perish hails from Oakland, California, but their eponymous three-track demo had to make its way across the Pacific Ocean and be embraced by Japan's Amputated Vein Records to make possible their first album, Hate, Malice, Revenge, released in 2003. Founded a year earlier, the group then parlayed a tireless touring schedule into a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast (which re-released their debut in 2005), and comprises...
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