NewsSeptember 17, 2022 9:34 PM ET667 views

All Else Fails, Canadian prog metalcore group, ready 10th studio effort

All Else Fails

Barrett Klesko

Official press release: 

Canada's All Else Fails is releasing its tenth studio recording this year, the aggressive and forlorn EP The Incident at Black Lake. Intended to be listened to as a single piece of music, it is dark, both musically and lyrically as vocalist/guitarist, Barrett Klesko wrote his parts in the darkest, most distressed headspace he has ever been in. He says that during the writing of this album, he was convinced that he had been unglued from time, and was barely functioning. This personal torment boils over into the first track written for the EP I, Defiler.

Klesko explains further:

"In the early days of my spiral, when confusion about my own state was at its highest. I was doing everything I could to understand the suffering I was experiencing. I tried using Acid in an attempt to explore my own mind. Informally guided trips allowed me to see aspects of myself that I hadn't considered, and I was desperately searching for clarity I couldn't find in the real world. Primarily this song is about those explorations of self, both the positives and the futility. Musically the song is erratic, kinetic, and industrial. It is heavy, both in guitars but in electronics and noise as well, and carries a time change into its bridge that furthers the disconnect between perception and reality."
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I, Defiler is the brutal duality of man. Of the search for knowledge, while being blind to our own instincts and ambitions. It is poisoning one's self to be able to see clearly. It is the beauty and loss of the endless night sky. It is seeing one's self and being repulsed by the hollow behind our own eyes. It is despairingly industrial, always changing, relentless in its own turmoil; shifting between grinding guitar work and guttural screams to unnerving digital cleans backed by melodic programming.

Compared to their other nine albums, The Incident at Black Lake is heavier than they have been in a while, which fans always love from them, but it's also much stranger. There is a lot of chaotic energy in the recording, but they have placed every distorted chug, every strange gurgle, detuned synth, erratic glitch, or doom-inducing bass drop carefully.

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The band's previous single "Flesh/Excess/Wealth" from the upcoming EP can be heard here:

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The EP The Incident at Black Lake is being released on September 30, 2022.

The Incident at Black Lake tracklisting:

1. I, Defiler
2. The Corpse Inside
3. Flesh /Excess /Wealth
4. Crystal Mountain