Adversarial
All Idols Fall Before the Hammer


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
September 15th, 2010 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


In All Idols Fall Before The Hammer, Adversarial stamp their name as one of the more intense up and coming death metal bands around. Their style is hard to pinpoint, however, as their debut album shifts gears so much from constant blast beats that give way to vicious guitar playing and double bass fills, that it's difficult to gain any sense of unformity even after several listens all the way through. This isn't necessarily a negative aspect for Adversarial as the changes are tasteful and keep things interesting and far away from stale. Lead vocalist and guitarist C.S. is more than competent in his musical ability as his profoundly low growls and spastic, innovative riffs are arguably the two greatest aspects of the album. His quick and multiple changes from riffs to dynamic clean leads give his playing a virtuosic feel and propels the album to further greatness.

The nihilistic approach C.S. takes with his undecipherable lyricism is correlated well with the muffled and fuzzy production. The album sounds bleak and hopeless, as if C.S.' distraught thoughts on the meaningless nature of life shines through the music as well. Tempos range from fast to faster for the most part, which is farily immediately apparent on the epic "Thralls" which throws at you everything Adversarial done well in a 6 minute introduction to the band; beginning with the fade in of church bells, the band sets the mood right away for a dark adventure through the underworld. The song almost takes on a black metal undertone, with sizzling guitar riffs that are mixed with screeching, quick solos until the blast beating commences. Adversarial do a great job of sounding heavy and intense without coming off as unoriginal, even if they seem to harken back to various death metal albums before its time.

Unfortunately as great as the vocals and ambitious guitar playing sounds, the production and pacing of drummer E.K's work is sometimes difficult to listen to and keep attention to. The main problem is the snare, where the recording of it sounds very hollow and detracts any sense of atmosphere the album may have. While his constant and pulverizing snare work keeps the album heavy and up tempo, it also at times seems like he hits it just to hit, putting in as many hits as possible in the song's timeframe with no restraint or execution. His bass drum work is fine however and even takes the stage in some segments of the album where all that is heard is an extremely quick double bass fill.

Ironically enough, the album's apparent highlight is when Adversarial decide to slow things down for just a bit and let some fairly remarkable songwriting take over in the crushing instrumental "In A Night Of Endless Pain, War Came To Flood Its Heart..." where C.S. and E.K. finally decide to reduce the mind-numbing bpm and allow the instruments to speak for themselves. The song acts as a peaked middle point of the album, where before and after the track is all raging fury and during is a brooding and fairly simple tune that packs a mean punch. It shows a nice variety of tempo for the band that is all about velocity.

All Idols Fall Before The Hammer is an excellent debut from an up and coming band that should make some noise in the death metal scene for some years to come. Their bleak and nihilistic approach to the music and lyrics is refreshing to say the least, and their debut is a trigger happy death-fest relying on fast tempos and switched up guitar riffs, all lying underneath C.K's vicious low-end growls. The production could be better but that is something Adversarial will hopefully improve upon on future releases. 3.8/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
jingledeath
September 16th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see this reviewed, album slays.

rasputin
September 16th 2010


14550 Comments


have had the CD for weeks now and I still haven't written my review for this, so lazy

good review, my rating would be about the same

SCREAM!
September 16th 2010


10226 Comments


snare

rasputin
September 16th 2010


14550 Comments


wah wah wah drums are too loud vocals too low in the mix wah wah

rasputin
September 16th 2010


14550 Comments


the mix is great

i was making fun of scream by the way, not you

TheSpirit
September 16th 2010


17931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to hear this still

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, I'm gettin this for the album art alone.

jingledeath
September 16th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this needs more attention, album's up on TCM for all you bitches who need it.

jingledeath
September 16th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The title track probably, though Thralls isn't far behind.

lobby
September 18th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

snare is pretty great

kevtherev
September 18th 2010


20 Comments


st anger drums are amazing

liledman
September 26th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blah snare blah

albums good.

rasputin
September 30th 2010


14550 Comments


finally got my review of this up

http://diabolicalconquest.com/reviews/adversarial-all_idols_fall_before_the_hammer.htm

asdemonsburn
September 30th 2010


793 Comments


the drumming is ridiculous, and not in the good sense. One can derive something of an impression from the analogy of drilling multiple holes into your own skull.

lobby
September 30th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah mix is great. i'm about to give this a 4, few more listens

liledman
October 1st 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

since when is DC updated, get on the decade feature rasp

Ticondaroga
November 5th 2010


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bbblasts! Makes me hit the table with a pencil everytime.

kount
November 5th 2010


1279 Comments


please no

Bitchfork
November 5th 2010


7584 Comments


hi kount

FadeToBlack
January 7th 2011


11034 Comments


pingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingpingping

so good



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