2005 Nuclear Blast Records
2. Laid to Rest
3. Our Own Grave
4. The Spreading Disease
5. Sever the Memory
6. For Far Too Long
7. Never Ending War MP3
8. Herding the Brainwashed
It is always good to hear a band, who is obviously not trying to musically reinvent the wheel, but make the best wheel they can. All Shall Perish haven't done anything particularly new with Hate Malice Revenge, however they have executed a killer metal record, one that has enough of its own personality to stand out. Originally released in 2003 by a small Japanese label, the record got the attention of Nuclear Blast, who signed the band and re-released the album.
All Shall Perish have done a superb job of making a quality death metal album, and at the same time the band tastefully mixes in other musical influences. The first aspect that grabbed my attention is the hardcore-styled breakdowns, which remind me a good bit of Hatebreed. These guys do a great job of writing smooth transitions between riffs. So every change between blazing death metal and crushing breakdowns is extremely smooth. At times, I get tired of all breakdowns, and I think it might have been wise for these guys to have a song or two without a breakdown.
More often than not, the straight death metal parts remind me of Suffocation, but there is enough going on so as to not be a complete copy. All Shall Perish have a good sense of melody without compromising any strength or power. There are a couple of these slower, melodic parts that have almost a Swedish metal sound. Another element of this album that I enjoy is the presence of some good old-fashion thrash riffs. These riffs are very reminiscent of Slayer, and always come at the perfect point in the song, which makes for a very catchy metal song. Meanwhile, I really like the bassist's performance throughout this record. While not flashy or technically brilliant, his performance reminds me of the bassist from Cannibal Corpse. He doesn't just follow the rhythm and hold down the low-end; instead there are points where he does some great walks and follows the guitars note for note.
The vocals throughout this record are very dynamic and never get boring to me. Every range is hit = from guttural death growls to midrange hardcore screams, then to sharp, high-pitched shrieks. I truly enjoy when a vocalist uses a varied dynamic range, as some death metal bands ruin albums with incessant monotone, acid-gargling growls. Lyrically, All Shall Perish stands out a small bit. Most songs are simply about anger and hate (surprise!), but there are one or two songs that take more of a political stance, which is a nice, albeit small, change.
The production for Hate Malice Revenge is stellar, with every instrument brought to the front. The kick drum is just a tad too triggered for me, but everything is clear, and powerful in its own right. The guitars have a great, thick tone, which I find similar to records from All Out War.
Bottom Line: All in all, this is a great metal record, successfully combining great aspects of different genres. Granted there isn't anything spectacularly original or new about Hate Malice Revenge, but it's brutal, and it's fun. All Shall Perish have woven together a record that is definitely a metal fan's album.