All Shall Perish - Awaken the Dreamers

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010

My apologies in advance to trendfuckers with a 3-second attention span, I’m going to be using the term “Deathcore” a lot here. I know it’s, like, so 2007, but I actually like the term. Shit, I’ve been using it in reviews for over a decade, so by today’s standards I invented it. I fucked it, fed it, and drove it to school, bitch. It just seems to so perfectly describe a band with Death Metal and Hardcore elements. Get it? Death-Core. Why am I on this tangent? It’s because when I first heard Oakland’s All Shall Perish centuries ago (2003), I had never heard a band so perfectly embody the term. The gut-wrenching brutality and heaviness of Death mixed with the groove and urgency of Core. Two albums later it appears that All Shall Perish are one of many who are sick of the term and of being associated with it. I’m not saying it’s a complete overhaul, but the breakdowns are in slim supply and the overall heaviness and groove have seemingly been swapped for speedy Thrash and Gothenburg melodicism (which apparently no one ever gets sick of, ever). Power Metal even rears it’s gay head on “Black Gold Reign,” and there’s a plethora of clean-vocals-for-the-sake-of-clean-vocals and instrumentals. There’s, like, 17 instrumentals on this album. Instrumentals are, like, so Spring of ‘08. In all seriousness, this isn’t a terrible album. It’s just that it’s the weakest of All Shall Perish’s young but respectable career, and I hate people. Some gems in the rough: “When Life Meant More,” “Never Again,” and “Until the End.”

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