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All Shall Perish Awaken the Dreamers

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01. When Life Meant More 02. Black Gold Reign 03. Never...Again 04. The Ones We Left Behind 05. Awaken The Dreamers 06. Memories Of A Glass Sanctuary 07. Stabbing To Purge Dissimulation 08. Gagged, Bound, Shelved And Forgotten 09. Until The End 10. From So Far Away 11. Misery's Introduction 12. Songs For The Damned
2008 Nuclear Blast Records
Our score 7

by Sacha Dunable
11/22/2008

With all the privileges that come with being one of the most successful "deathcore" bands in the world, there have also got to be many challenges. Especially once that oh-so-crucial third record cycle comes around. In such a new metal subgenre, we haven't really seen any bands get to the point in their career where, after a couple records perfecting a certain sound, they branch out musically in an attempt to form their own identity. All Shall Perish are most definitely doing exactly this on Awaking The Dreamers. I can practically see into the past, back to the band's first writing session for this record. After two well-received records and like, a bajillion shows around the world (where they were probably exposed to over a thousand opening bands trying to sound just like them), they, like anyone would, wrote some tunes that sounded fresh and exciting to them. What we, the listeners, get as a result is a record full of new sounds (for an All Shall Perish record, at least) like clean, melodic vocals, epic guitar solos, and "experimental" tracks like "Memories Of A Glass Sanctuary." I can't say I am impressed by any of these new elements of the band's sound, but only because I, and everyone else, have unfortunately heard it done better. That isn't to say that the execution isn't perfect. All Shall Perish have always come across as one of this subgenre's most technically proficient bands. Guitarists Ben Orum and, especially, Chris Storey shred all over this fucking thing, and pretty much lay to waste any other guitarists in this scene. Drummer Matt Kuykendall shines through while adding colorful cymbal and double-kick work that complements the riffs well. Hernan Hermida's clean vocals actually sound fine, and are not as cringe-worthy as you might expect. I just think that if he needs an outlet for clean singing, he should do it in another band. His brutal vocals, on the other hand. are excellent as usual. In fact, aside from three or four songs, this is still a brutal assault of death metal riffs, blast beats, and genuinely groovy breakdowns. And like their records before it, Awaken The Dreamers has a competent sense of songwriting and dynamics. My only suggestion for next time – stick to what you're good at, because that's, well, what you are in fact good at. Bottom Line: This is still a good record, and considering the band's above-par musicianship and knack for catchy grooves, I predict that with this record, All Shall Perish will make the jump from being part of a musical trend to being relevant to the metal scene in general.

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anonymous 11/22/2008 3:08:58 PM

a 7????? i don't get it f*ck. a 7 is a good score. this is shithole music. the review sucks ass holes


anonymous 11/22/2008 3:09:18 PM

first f*ckin post, too


RuinerXL_ 11/22/2008 3:09:31 PM

first post gays


RuinerXL_ 11/22/2008 3:10:16 PM

first post that mattered, anyway.


anonymous 11/22/2008 3:10:40 PM

this album sucks, f*cking dummy


nike_ 11/22/2008 3:12:27 PM

this music should get a deduction of 3 points for the sole reason of producing so many girl pant wearing gays


twadorno_ 11/22/2008 3:12:42 PM

His brutal vocals


shredtacular_ 11/22/2008 3:20:08 PM

awesome album, shit review. Your obsession with commas is pretty f*cking annoying.


hjk_ 11/22/2008 3:26:45 PM

Im pretty sure everyone wished you would stop reviewing records you moron. Although im glad you didn't make some retarded rearog as you did with your last review.


hjk_ 11/22/2008 3:26:58 PM

Im pretty sure everyone wished you would stop reviewing records you moron. Although im glad you didn't make some retarded rearog as you did with your last review.


tragic_paranormal_ 11/22/2008 3:36:42 PM

shit review, die sacha gay


tragic_paranormal_ 11/22/2008 3:49:53 PM

one of the worst reviews in quite some tinme on a number of levels


ofgo_ 11/22/2008 4:21:53 PM

sacha is a lg's reviewer?


ass_cobra_ 11/22/2008 4:25:47 PM

for the record, this is not me. just some clever fellow using my name as his pen name.


uhh_ 11/22/2008 4:53:05 PM

This album is terrible and nowhere near worthy of even a 7. As soon as I heard power metal vocals I checked out.


a listener_ 11/22/2008 5:07:00 PM

hmm this album is amazing.. shit reviewer shit lambgoaters.. DIAF all of you


agent_friday_ 11/22/2008 6:07:42 PM

so this got a better score then north... wow.


bajillion_ 11/22/2008 7:48:17 PM

bajillion


xnvb_ 11/22/2008 8:38:12 PM

"his brutal vocals, on the other hand, are excellent as usual"...brutal vocals? jesus christ, you need to be shot.


GloryHoleDeath_ 11/22/2008 11:14:40 PM

Better than the other shit they've put out


pukeskywalker_ 11/23/2008 12:26:18 AM

This review is a sign of the apocalypse


tower_ 11/23/2008 12:38:00 AM

not too bad of an album... generic but still alright.


arty_mcfarty_ 11/23/2008 9:03:32 AM

this review is TERRIBLE and makes absolutely no sense. Why would you trash an album and then give it a 7. Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing and why would you ever give this band a 7? Never thought I'd say this, but I miss Cory


arrdam_ 11/23/2008 3:47:42 PM

i didnt know the comments were for reviewing the reviewer u f*cking idiots.... dumb lambgoat f*cks. this album was so/so. The Price Of Existence was so much f*cking better


idiot_ 11/23/2008 4:16:11 PM

didnt know the comments were for reviewing the reviewer u f*cking idiots.... dumb lambgoat f*cks. this album was so/so. The Price Of Existence was so much f*cking better--you are a f*cking moron.


ItAteEverybody_ 11/23/2008 5:53:22 PM

i can't even read these f*cking reviews anymore..


xbumpx_ 11/23/2008 8:09:57 PM

this cd, well, disc object, well, for playing music, actually, brutal music, was brutal, and by brutal, i mean, deathcore, and by that, well, i mean, subgenre of, well, metal, is... brutal


deadwithfear_ 11/23/2008 11:02:26 PM

this dude was clearly very stoned when he wrote this


anonymous 11/23/2008 11:36:04 PM

this review is TERRIBLE and makes absolutely no sense. Why would you trash an album and then give it a 7. Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing and why would you ever give this band a 7? Never thought I'd say this, but I miss Cory posted by arty_mcfarty () on 11/23/2008 9:03:32 AM lol @ Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing Why are clean vocals EVER a good thing


willxcore_ 11/24/2008 5:17:10 PM

I haven't heard this cd yet. I liked the first two. All I have to say is that this review was indeed terrible. Brutal vocals.


anonymous 11/24/2008 8:23:57 PM

Take a class on English and proofreading before you review. It might save you from looking like a shit stain on this website.


al_czervik_ 11/24/2008 9:34:20 PM

"we appease scene gays"- lambgoat


anonymous 11/24/2008 10:35:30 PM

this record blows. boring as hell. anybody who says otherwise tows traincars of gayry using a tampon string thats tied to their bloody, stuff-soaked ovaries.


_atab_joey_bishop__ 11/25/2008 8:24:07 AM

"have unfortunately heard it done better. That isn't to say that the execution isn't perfect." = do you even understand english? that makes no f*cking sense. You suck.


shredlogic_ 11/25/2008 12:02:44 PM

' "have unfortunately heard it done better. That isn't to say that the execution isn't perfect." = do you even understand english? that makes no f*cking sense. You suck.' He's talking about their ability to play what they wrote. Your riffs can be of lesser quality than another band's, but you can still execute your riffs perfectly.


anonymous 11/25/2008 8:09:36 PM

THE PRICE OF EXISTENCE IS A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THIS CD. THIS CD BLOWS


SACHA DUMBABLE_ 11/26/2008 2:22:25 AM

THIS gay REVIEWS HERE AND NO ONE SAYS A DAMN THING http://a89.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/87/l_e3505e8ba90a982a5e6921aadb19b8d0.jpg


Dave2112_ 11/28/2008 7:29:05 AM

Matt K. didnt get enough credit here (him being one of the best drummers in the genre) but I agree with the review. ASP have a problem with writing songs that go nowhere ie starting out awesome and ending flat, that needs improvement. Next record perhaps..


thalassa_ 11/30/2008 3:20:29 AM

glad to see most everyone else is figuring out how bad this guy is at writing reviews. I don't expect LG to be the brightest crayon in the box, but jesus, do they get money from the state or something for allowing you to work for them? please, do yourself a favor, go back to school....


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Jamey Perish_ 9/3/2009 11:12:43 AM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about brutal vocalscore; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stocking it for ON