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zondag 17 juli 2016
AFTER ALL: Waves Of Annihilation



Release: 2016-06-10
Style: thrash metal
Label: www.noiseart.eu
Website: www.afterall.be
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afterallmetal
Country: Belgium
Playing Time: 43:50
Cat. N°: NARCD056
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 8/10


English:

After All deserves, as one of the oldest and best thrash metal bands from Belgium, a lot of respect and much more recognition and success. Fortunately line-up changes in 2010 and bad luck with labels did not brought them to their knees. That’s why we are able to enjoy their ninth studio album ‘Waves Of Annihilation’ right now.

Last year this was already preceded by the EP ‘Rejection Overruled’ and the same thrash grenade now opens this energetic collection of neck-breakers. They swallow the bait with from time to time icy high-pitched shrieks from vocalist Sammy Peleman and the brilliant guitar skills of Dries Van Damme and Christophe Depree. The first part of the album focuses on compact, inciting songs one can simply pigeonhole as pure class old school thrash. From the seventh song on, there are more nuances. For instance ‘Restore To Sanity’ includes a fragment with rough vocals that have the nearest approach to growls/grunts. After All is at its best in the longer tracks, but that depends on personal taste of course. ‘Lost In The Crowd’ does not miss its heaviness, but it has a passage with nearly doom-laden riffs and high ranged chants and that’s great. ‘After The Hurt Is Gone’ is even better. A bass intermezzo is followed by a truly magnificent solo. In the next passage we suddenly hear organ and plucking guitars, flanked by stop and go riffs. Then they round off with furious solos. Fantastic! The guys did it again, in a superb production of Sir Dan Swanö and embellished with a bones-and-zombies cover of Ed Repka. Thrash on!


Nederlands:

After All verdient, als één van de oudste en beste thrash metal groepen uit België, veel respect en heel wat meer erkenning en succes. Gelukkig hebben personeelswisselingen in 2010 en pech met labels hen niet klein gekregen. Vandaar dat we nu hun negende worp kunnen beluisteren ‘Waves Of Annihilation’.

Vorig jaar werd dit al voorafgegaan door de EP ‘Rejection Overruled’ en die thrashgranaat opent ook deze energieke brok nekbrekers. Men gaat er extra stevig tegenaan met soms ijselijk hoge zang van Sammy Peleman en het schitterende gitaarwerk van Dries Van Damme en Christophe Depree. Het eerste deel van dit album bevat compacte, opzwepende songs die men pure klasse old school thrash kan noemen. Vanaf het zevende nummer zijn er meer nuances te ontdekken. Zo bevat ‘Restore To Sanity’ een stuk met ruwe zang dat dicht in de buurt van growls komt. In de wat langere songs vind ik After All echter op haar best. ‘Lost In The Crowd’ boet niets in aan heftigheid, maar kent een passage met bijna doom riffs en hoge zang welke zeer geslaagd is. ‘After The Hurt Is Gone’ is zelfs nog beter. Na een basintermezzo komt een werkelijk schitterende solo. In een volgende passage horen we plots orgel en tokkelende gitaren, geflankeerd met stop and go riffs. Om dan wild te besluiten met spetterende solo’s. Schitterend! De mannen hebben het weer voor mekaar, in een vette productie van heer Dan Swanö en verpakt in een typische knekelhoes van Ed Repka. Thrash on!


Tracklist:

Rejection Overruled (3:27)
Target Extinction (3:08)
The Unusual Sin (3:57)
Fall In Line (4:02)
None Can Defy (3:59)
First Class Terror (5:14)
Restore To Sanity (3:42)
Lost In The Crowd (5:00)
After The Hurt Is Gone (6:26)
Destructive Force (4:36)

Musicians:

Sammy Peleman: vocals
Dries Van Damme: guitars
Christophe Depree: guitars
Frederic ‘Fré’ Vanmassenhove: bass
Bert Guillemont: drums




Geplaatst door Vera op zondag 17 juli 2016 - 23:26:55
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