Forced Entry
As Above, So Below


4.0
excellent

Review

by Atari CONTRIBUTOR (117 Reviews)
February 15th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They might be a bunch of dicks, but at least they're talented.

Whether you consider yourself a fan of the thrash genre or not, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard music by Forced Entry. They seem to have fallen under the radar quite possibly due to only releasing two full length albums in their entire career spanning from 1987 to 1992. However, those who have heard the debut from the US thrashers know the band doesn’t disappoint and in 1991 they released their sophomore effort As Above, So Below. Not only is it a successful follow up to the band’s debut, it’s also an improvement in just about every way imaginable.

Those who enjoyed the tasty guitar riffs and furious drumming heard on Forced Entry’s debut are in for a nice surprise as the instrumentation on As Above, So Below is a definite step up from the debut. Some tracks such as ‘Bone Crackin Fever’ are full of spastic guitars and loud drums while other songs such as ‘Macrocosm, Microcosm’ display a level of technicality that was absent from the band’s first effort. The album also has an unexpectedly solid ballad in the form of ‘Never a Know But The No.’ Due to the impressive production and strong musicianship, the song doesn’t sound too far off from the ballads Metallica wrote in their prime.

The vocalist has also improved since the release of Uncertain Future and he sounds fantastic whether he’s singing his heart out on the somber ballads or letting out his angriest growls on the albums biggest thrashers. There are several gems to be found but the standout of the album has to be the unapologetic ‘We’re Dicks.’ It’s an adrenaline fueled ride that’s made even better by memorable gang vocals and undeniably humorous lyrics. Although the song was obviously meant to be fun, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been bitch slapped into submission by some of the most energetic, angry vocals on the entire album.

We’re a bunch of dicks. We tell it like it is. I know it makes you pissed. Cause we’re a bunch of dicks.

While Forced Entry may not be the most original thrash band in existence, there’s no denying their talent and it’s on full display on As Above, So Below. It’s glittered with well timed solos, strong vocals, and it showcases a new level of technicality for the band. It also contains some of the most impressive songs the band wrote in their entire career making it a successful follow up and an all around great thrash experience. They might be a bunch of dicks, but thank God they’re talented.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2013


20550 Comments


not my best review but this album rules.

We're Dicks song stream below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVBWRnassSk

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Calc
February 15th 2013


12690 Comments


I'll never listen to this but good job atari

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2013


20550 Comments


Thanks man at least check the song we're dicks you have to I mean it's called we're dicks lol

Cygnatti
February 15th 2013


24573 Comments


have a pos :3

lol 'forced entry' lol

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2013


20550 Comments


Thanks lol don't get started on that joke again!

nononsense
February 15th 2013


3460 Comments


Was it consensual?

Cygnatti
February 15th 2013


24573 Comments


take a wild guess ;]

Geadom
February 15th 2013


2985 Comments


Why the fuck i cant review like this? Short and to the point?

Pos. I see that coitus jokes already began, ahahaha

nononsense
February 15th 2013


3460 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bR_aGH9AqM

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2013


20550 Comments


@Geadom,

everybody has their own writing style man ;) your reviews are more detailed which is fine. definitely check the link and let me know what you think.

YoYoMancuso
February 15th 2013


11441 Comments


nice review man

Geadom
February 15th 2013


2985 Comments


A bit hardcorish, have to check more songs to form an opinion about the album...but i havent checked their other album yet, so... : /

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2013


20550 Comments


thanks jack

@geadom, definitely check their other songs!

Ecnalzen
February 15th 2013


6932 Comments


That band's name is sketchy.

Aids
February 15th 2013


24181 Comments


I have the weirdest boner....

pos?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013


20550 Comments


Lol thanks guys. It's a pretty sweet album

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013


7678 Comments


I've never heard of this band but solid review, short and simple. pos.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013


20550 Comments


thanks pal.

you should check it out. do you like thrash or just the classic metal stuff?

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013


7678 Comments


I'm not the most knowledgeable person around but I like the big 4, Sepultura, Heathen, a little Annihilator, Testament...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


6631 Comments


Good review, pos.

It's great to see more old school stuff getting reviewed in Sputnik.



One suggestion:

Futureand

please separate the two words.

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