All Out War
For Those Who Were Crucified


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brokenjewel USER (11 Reviews)
March 19th, 2010 | 17 replies | 5,544 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A no-nonsense slab of ancient metalcore which remains relevant to this day.

5 of 10 thought this review was well written

Metalcore has come a long way since the late nineties; a meteoric rise in popularity and the advent of slick computer-enhanced production values has created a seemingly unstoppable monster. These days, if a record sounds poorly produced, then it probably indicates a conscious intention by the band or producer to create something which sounds raw, unpolished, authentic. Over a decade ago, however, the metalcore landscape was a somewhat different vista, with even the most influential and popular bands struggling to make a living through music. This distinct lack of funds - along with the obvious inexperience that infuses any newborn genre - is reflected in the sound quality of many records of that era. Can early metalcore offer anything to new generations of hardcore and metal fans who have, for the most part, only been exposed to ‘perfectly’ produced music? Sadly, in some instances, the answer may be no; but there still some heavyweights from that forgotten era which have something useful to add to metalcore as it stands today, and All Out War fit that bill perfectly.

While metalcore may have been a truly underground phenomena in America twelve years ago, it was positively invisible in England and so For Those Who Were Crucified landed with barely a ripple. Those few who were fortunate enough to stumble upon it were in for a rather satisfying surprise, though: a solid metal album with a wonderfully heavy, deeply textured backbone of drums and bass complimenting the resoundingly Slayer-inspired guitars and guttural, hardcore screams. Where Earth Crisis and Morning Again seemed like hardcore punk bands recruiting metal into their repertoire to add new flavour, All Out War were closer to the other end of the scale: a metal band that felt a need to express a deeper vitriol than metal alone would allow. And in an almost prophetic example of what the genre would become, they make their decidedly-metal metalcore offering a pleasure to experience. With a flamboyant use of Judaeo-Christian imagery the album flows consistently with a barely wavering quality infusing each song. Occasionally they make use of (whisper it) breakdowns, but rather than littering them throughout the record they instead meld them tastefully, often powerfully, into the music so that they become a part of a song’s fabric, rather than a fulcrum for everything else to revolve around.

Perhaps the greatest flaw within the record is its lack of ambition. There is some sense that All Out War could do more with their instruments but are happy to remain in what is, admittedly, a rather sweet spot. Their brand of metal does not reach for the thousand-notes-a-second that many bands now see as a rite of passage, and what some might consider consistency between their songs could, feasibly, be seen as a tendency to be somewhat samey. This might mean that For Those Who Were Crucified will never be anyone’s favourite record; but what it can offer, to any modern-metalcore fan, is an antique which has stood the test of time and still remains fresh and strong enough to compete with the young pretenders that rule over the genre in this new age.


Recommended tracks:

After Autumn
Claim Your Innocence
For Those Who Were Crucified



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bloozclooz
March 19th 2010



1770 Comments


pretty good review, but spend more time talking about the album, and less about the genre as a whole, hmm?

Brokenjewel
March 19th 2010



1247 Comments


Yeah, I don't intend to make it a habit but thought it was relevent as its an old record that few of heard of, and with the genre moving on so much I felt it needed some context. I'm still practicing - it's only my third review. I'm going to experiment in future.

americanmusicmachine
March 19th 2010



3953 Comments


I liked the review a whole lot. never heard of this, but I dig the late 90s early 00s metalcore sound so I'll be sure to check this in the coming future.

AggravatedYeti
March 19th 2010



7684 Comments


nice review

BallsToTheWall
March 19th 2010



44164 Comments


Nice to see an Earth Crisis refrence, underated sputnik band. Good review.

Brokenjewel
March 19th 2010



1247 Comments


Cheers, guys

Foxhound
March 19th 2010



4570 Comments


3 in a row keep it up. This also looks like something I will like.

Brokenjewel
March 19th 2010



1247 Comments


Let me know if you hear it, man

Foxhound
March 20th 2010



4570 Comments


Hey this is actually awesome! I've been sitting around listening to it and it's fucking brutal. It
also slightly reminds me of Converge mixed with Gospel.

edit/ rating might change when I find the rest of the songs.

sniper
March 20th 2010



18591 Comments


Damn BJ, three for three. Judging by your review I need to check this out. You write really well, pos'd.

Brokenjewel
March 20th 2010



1247 Comments


@foxhound - glad you like it, dude it's been in and out of my stereo since it came out so it's got some staying power aswell.

@DCsniper - cheers, man!

Foxhound
March 29th 2010



4570 Comments


okay I need more of this stuff.

Raz0rGrind23
March 8th 2011



419 Comments


This brings a smile to my face. I remember getting the Bakamono Punk mix CD back when I was in grade school from a friend. It included Claim Your Innocence and that was all it took for me. Classic album and good review....

demigod!
April 7th 2013



40986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album crushes

ViperAces
April 8th 2013



12358 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy fuck i thought it was SpiritCrusher2 haha

ViperAces
April 8th 2013



12358 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn the last track rules


demigod!
April 28th 2013



40986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kinda hoped to like this more



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