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At All Cost Circle of Demons


01. Circle Of Demons 02. Get Down For the Revolution 03. The Message 04. Let It Rain Death (Blizzard Of Snakes) 05. Ride Through the Storm 06. We Won't Give In 07. Step One 08. Leaving Forever 09. Eating Lightning (Pt. 3) 10. The Wall That Divides 11. Drugs
2007 Century Media Records
Our score 8

12/31/2007

Circle of Demons, At All Cost's debut for Century Media, causes enough stirring in my head to warrant the writing of a review, which is a genuine rarity for me. It's not because the band has created some untouchable and brilliant gem of a record - moreso they've unearthed a few rare stones that you don't get the chance to see very often. Utilizing elements of aggressive thrash, catchy melodies, and poppy choruses, At All Cost pairs these characteristics with an experimental approach - something that works both for and against their songwriting methods. Going straight for the throat, the title track begins the album with snarling vocals and a thrashy verse before a groovy part appropriately leads into a heavy chorus backed by clean vocals. While it's easily the angriest sounding song on the CD, thick-toned keyboards and a sweeping guitar part segue into the next track, "Get Down for the Revolution". Providing a preliminary glimpse into their unique style, the growled vocals progress into an anthemic chorus consisting of processed clean-singing. After a slightly altered verse and another chorus, the song drops into a quiet passage before launching into a full and almost atmospheric ending. Every track on the record stands on its own hind-legs and remains memorable in one way or another. Whether it's highly singable songs like "The Message", or gritty and unabashedly angry like "Let It Rain Death," not a single track is worth skipping over. As with anything, there are portions that stand out above others, like the transition between the violent thrashing verse and powerful chorus of "Ride Through The Storm," or the theatric cello on "We Won't Give In." Through a number of quality songs, the CD peaks on "Eating Lightning (Pt. 3)," a song which features roaring verses backed by a layer of sweetly sung falsetto and 60's psychedelic organ, a galloping rhythm, and a chorus reminiscent of Faith No More. The track eventually breaks apart into a quirky spaced-out vocorder and feedback laden segment before unleashing a highly enjoyable arpeggio, more screaming, and softly sung backing melody. It should be mentioned that it's obvious by the amount of variation that there are a lot of different influences at play on Circle of Demons. This works in their favor to shake up what could be monotonous, but also works against them as a lot of listeners who seek consistency might be put off by the changes. There are beautiful acoustic interludes, synthesizer effects, intelligent and actually audible basslines, and great harmonies both within the vocal lines and guitar parts. Miraculously, the music always remains intelligent and talented and avoids coming across as silly or overly playful. Bottom Line: At All Cost haven't created a flawless record. Certain areas are hidden and under-produced, while others sound distinctly out of place. Not to mention the fact that their sound will alienate anyone too set in their ways. There truthfully isn't a market for At All Cost; too structured and conventionally heavy (at times) to break into the mall-metal world, but too palatable for the rest. However, for those with patience and an open mind, this is a great opportunity to hear something different and at times, remarkable.

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dion_ 12/31/2007 5:51:35 PM

ARE YOU f*ckING SERIOUS WITH AN 8? THE PRODUCTION IS AWFUL.


m00k_ 12/31/2007 6:19:41 PM

Techno frog vocals songs


junelso_ 12/31/2007 6:29:09 PM

3rd post... YIPPIE


Tony_ 12/31/2007 6:54:33 PM

this guys obviously never seen them live. Shits miserable.


hxcobd_ 12/31/2007 6:54:47 PM

Without having heard this album, but having heard this band's previous work, I'm completely comfortable stating this album can't possibly be worth more than a 6, and that'd being incredibly generous.


schrute666_ 12/31/2007 7:50:38 PM

Best review ever


anonymous 12/31/2007 8:34:56 PM

at all cost merch boy gay fan boy


anonymous 12/31/2007 9:15:15 PM

Apparently if you tour with a band you're allowed to use their song titles to complete a trilogy.


nizzle p nizzle_ 12/31/2007 9:48:28 PM

eh i saw these gays qith 1D3W and all I can say is that this band was massively gay. boring as hell!!! gay review also


hcb_ 1/1/2008 11:14:35 AM

terrible review


Gary_ 1/1/2008 2:20:01 PM

I listened to their songs on myspace and I really like what I hear. May look for their album.


poncho_ 1/1/2008 5:04:46 PM

8/10? lambgoat, you fail me.


chas_ 1/1/2008 5:21:21 PM

their first record, "it's time to decide" was awesome. this shit's weak.


Fur_Beach_ 1/1/2008 10:09:39 PM

ive listened to this album all the way through, and there is absolutely nothing that would bring me back to it. boring and at times, absolutely unlistenable.


lartsa_ 1/2/2008 3:50:59 PM

what the f*ck, leave the eating lightning to The Jonbenet


Wanted: Dead_ 1/2/2008 5:00:53 PM

What the f*ck? I saw these guys a few years ago and got their CD at the show, there was one song they made a video for that was honestly awesome, but the rest of the CD didn't stand up to it. Listened to one song so far on Myspace...they're the same. They have potential, but aren't tapping into it. Does he still use the "Cher"/Techno voice effects? That was kinda neat for a minute.


Wanted: Dead_ 1/2/2008 5:02:37 PM

HAHA The second song came on. This is better, but he totally DOES still use Cher's voice effect! This song ("The Message") is way better than "Circle of Demons" which is suck captured on record. 6/10 from 2 songs


anonymous 1/3/2008 10:48:50 PM

i love them but this shit's no 8/10.


Francois Leroux_ 1/6/2008 4:30:09 AM

Chercore. This is a terrible band and you're a terrible person for liking them. Ever hear the saying "jack of all trades, master of none?" Yeah? Well that's not these guys, because they're not even average at playing any of the styles they attempt. The processed vocals are horrible. Did they really need to make it more awful than it already was? Christ, that's like puking on a pile of shit. Talk about over kill.


drew_ 1/7/2008 1:09:26 PM

for the record, the dudes are close friends with The Jonbenet. take a look at their t-shirts sometime and you'll realize some of their designs include the faces of members of at all cost. so sck a dck. this review rules.


Guh!_ 1/7/2008 4:54:09 PM

This band BLOWS they have been a band for quite a while. Well actually I think they only have 1 original member. Must be nice for the rest of the band to have a record deal handed to them.


atallcostsbuffalony_ 1/31/2008 11:16:45 AM

At All Costs from Buffalo, NY was better.