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All Out War

All Out War: Condemned To SufferCondemned To Suffer (2003)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I remember when I first started listening to metalcore. Like most people, I started out listening to "classic" hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag and the Bad Brains, but Minor Threat was definitely my favourite. And through Minor Threat, I got involved with Straight Edge. Around that ti.
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I remember when I first started listening to metalcore. Like most people, I started out listening to "classic" hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag and the Bad Brains, but Minor Threat was definitely my favourite. And through Minor Threat, I got involved with Straight Edge. Around that time, one of my more militant straight edge friends recommended Earth Crisis' debut Destroy the Machines, which I still prize as one of the best and most important metalcore records ever released. (We probably shouldn't talk about their subsequent, and progressively worse releases.)

Of course, through Earth Crisis, I also discovered Victory, and soon was listening to records like the equally important Progression Through Unlearning and Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent", both of which still hold up today. As I explored Victory, I found a lesser known act called "All Out War." Their Victory release was For Those Who Were Crucified and it was probably the most extreme record in my collection. It really only appealed to me at a base level, simply for it's unrelenting fury and intensity.

So, now, almost six years later, hardcore has changed dramatically. The brand of metal-infused hardcore that Victory was pushing almost a decade ago now represents the majority of modern hardcore, with relatively few bands representing the older roots. Over the years, my tastes in hardcore have equally evolved, with my preferences leaning towards more emotional, literate bands like Converge, Botch, or Glassjaw. But through the six years since I first heard All Out War, in spite of the massive changes in the hardcore scene, very little has changed with the band themselves.

They still focus on the more brutal aspects of metal; the rapid fire drums, downtuned guitars, and atonal barked/sung vocals. Lyrically, the band hasn't strayed far either, still obsessed with apocalyptic pronouncements and thinly veiled religious imagery. The music is still blazing fast with chugging galore, with the occaisonal break into a slow dirge, with the chugging guitars appropriately slowed down.

The record includes some Wagner-esque openings, like the beginning of "Bleeding the Weak" (why are metal bands so obsessed with Wagner, anyway?) but spends little time straying from the established formula of speed, and anger. They deliver what they promise, but they don't really promise an awful lot.

By the end of the record, most of the tracks had blended together for me, and left me pretty unsatisfied with how I had gotten there. The truth of the matter is that my tastes have grown, the hardcore/metalcore genre has grown, but All Out War hasn't.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (April 20, 2005)

"I remember when I first started listening to metalcore"

Then you went on to state that earth Crisis is a metalcore band. Now your retarded and this review means nothing...Plus this Album owns.

Anonymous (April 20, 2005)

"I remember when I first started listening to metalcore"

Then you went on to state that earth Crisis is a metalcore band. Now your retarded and this review means nothing...Plus this Album owns.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

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Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

well, innthat a bold statement.

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

fuck this band
fuck victory records
fuck everyone else

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

Theres alot of really bright people who coment on this site, the smartest on earth

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

These guys seriously suck. Fuck Hatebreed too. This shit would be so much better if it were a joke. I guess now, some meathead will threaten to hurt me in the "pit" or something. If i have to look at one more fucking kid in a basketball jersey playing shitty music, i will kill.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Or this one:

http://www.scorerocks.com/112003/alloutwarindepth10-03.ht ml

-Janelle

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Checkout Mikerule's review on Lambgoat!!! NOW

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

My guess is Jamie Hatebreed is really just JOE_MOMMA in disguise...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

he said poost...

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Jamie hatebreed, singer from hatebreed here!!!
now i am just plain confused:

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Jamie hatebreed; singer from hatebreed here again!!1 this site doesnŗt let me poost in all caps anymore. I feel a roid rage coming on.

Anonymous (November 3, 2003)

Jamie hatebreed; ssinger from hatebreed here!!!1 its exccellent to no that i am wanted: its kids like you that inspire me. Just havea to say that if u r interested in all out jacques metal, the new haetbreed record mite be rite up ur alley!!!!1
allo out war are decent; but my band fucjked these guys up during the annual victory records meathead arm wrestling comptetition:
ne way b sure to check out our recodrd "brewtality" at a hot topic listening post near you.

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

Why hasn't jamey jasta posted yet? I'm fucking bummed!

tim!

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

"Guess wich review is the best."

Aubin's.

-Justin

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

we got two reviews:

one by someone who knows hardcore (mikerule on lambgoat)

one by someone who doesn't seem to know anything about hardcore.

Guess wich review is the best.

aubin (November 2, 2003)

If anyone wants a second opinion (one completely different from mine) check this review out:

http://www.lambgoat.com/albums/view.asp?aid=624

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

"Don't forget you're lazy, stupid, fat and ugly"

Oh, see now that's uncalled for.

Jesse (November 2, 2003)

To the man below me....you're on the same internet site as these so called internet nerds...what does that say about yourself?

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

best album of the year. tough, angry and evil. all out war dont give a fuck what you internet nerds think anyways. ggo read the full contact interview.you are all worthless internet nerds who do NOTHING.

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

Don't forget you're lazy, stupid, fat and ugly.

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

I read that last comment and thought it said ex-High School Football Heroes. That's Long Island for you. Plus I lack concentration skills.

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

ex-High School Football players everywhere are fucking pumped for this shit.

It's all out 'roid Mania

-jv-

Greenvandal (November 2, 2003)

crappy cd. crap crap crappity crap crap. I like Minus! Im gonna lisen to them instead.

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

funk, looks like jesse wants some facial cum action too.

lets see the money shot.

unconcerned (October 31, 2003)

This album goes out to God...

see you in the pit mother fuckers hahahhahahhahaha

clap clap dance dance

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Way to kill the joke, joke-killer.

Jesse (October 31, 2003)

Man, I love The Refused, not to mention The Venoms, and The Slayers. All these old school rockers make me rock! Especially The Refused! News Noise is a great song about my favorite 10 o clock show, the news. They're so old school. I love the Refused. Their record "Shapes and Punks to Come On Your Face" was an amazing contribution to the porn-core genre that is so over looked.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Arrrrgh, i am fucking hardcore.

skankin_in_the_pit (October 31, 2003)

I love this record.

BSD (October 31, 2003)

Why listen to this modern "hardcore" unless you have all of the Venom and early Slayer albums?

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

"I gotta be me. "

Touche! I'm just messin!
-Janelle

aubin (October 31, 2003)

Sorry Janelle; but like the old song says, "I gotta be me. "

funkisdead (October 31, 2003)

spooge. sorry, i just came on both your faces, morons. this score is for you.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

it's not the refused, it's refused, now fuck off

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

refused were an awesome band. but who is "the refused"? i've never heard them.

funkisdead (October 31, 2003)

the refused fucking rock.

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

...probably for the apocalyptic themes and messages of doom and man's own downfall.
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 31, 2003)

Damn Aubin! I like this record!
-Janelle

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