All Shall Perish

Album Review: All Shall Perish – This Is Where It Ends

I’ve always had a hard time getting into All Shall Perish. Perhaps it’s the stigma of people describing them to me as a deathcore band. If you tell me a band is deathcore before I listen to them, I have a hard time getting that out of my head. It isn’t that I hate deathcore, I just find a lot of it repetitive. I decided to give All Shall Perish another chance a few months ago when their single, “Divine Illusion,” for the up-coming album, This Is Where It Ends came out. I was impressed by the opening blast beat and have been continuously listening to the single ever since. Needless to say when it came time to review a new album I jumped at the chance to review This Is Where It Ends.

All Shall Perish This Is Where It Ends Artwork
All Shall Perish This Is Where It Ends Artwork

 

This Is Where It Ends is a good album because it doesn’t rely on brutal breakdowns to be good.  The guitar work is just impressive and there are few other words to describe its overall quality. There are no doubts that the combined efforts of ASP veteran, Ben Orum and new member, Francesco Artusato have paid off. The melodies that are placed on top of the rhythm riffs fit perfectly. Artusato certainly knows how to take lead and do it well.

My issue with the guitars however comes with some of the solos on the album. On “A Pure Evil,” a song that has a hardcore influence sounds like there should be mind blowing sweeping going all over the fret board has a solo that sounds like something a hard rock band would write. It isn’t a bad solo but it just isn’t expected.

Some of the tempo changes on the album are a little unexpected and if you lose yourself in the music of it (believe me you will) than you’ll be waken up from your day dream during the blast beat to breakdown parts which often don’t have give any warning.

In the past when I’ve listened to ASP, I noticed that I could always here the bass in the final mix. However, in This Is Where It Ends the bass guitar seems to be lost in the mix (and I’m listening on Bose headphones, I would hear it). Although it is a little disappointing to have an instrument lost in the mix, I can be happy knowing that it must be damn near impossible to play these songs on bass and that Mike Tiner can play it without a problem.

The vocals in this album are great. A lot of people don’t understand metal because they don’t understand the vocals. There is not a single word on the album that cannot be understood. Hernan Hermida’s vocals are very clear and his screams vary from lows to mids to highs throughout the album. There are even some clean vocals in the song “Procession of Ashes.”

If you’re looking for a great melodic deathcore album that isn’t over saturated by break downs that This Is Where It Ends is for you. It comes out July 26 in the USA and July 29 in Europe.

Rating- 8

     

About Dan Clark

I'm a student at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania who is working on becoming a journalist. I have an interest in all genres of music but focus primarily on Metal, Punk, and Alternative Rock.

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