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After All - This Violent Decline
Recently I wondered why I am familiar with a lot of alternative bands , whereas the metal genre from Belgium isn’t that present in my grey brain mass. Considering After All, my thought is a bit misplaced since this band has already been touring with acts like Antrhax and Overkill. Now, their sixth album has been recorded, ready to hit the roads again.
For those of you who are not familiar with the sound of After All; it’s pure thrash which reminds you of a familiar ‘rakketakketakke’ sound with a bit of modern influences, mainly out of the metalcore scene. The album really is a finished product with a lot of different components that will make you stay focused very easily. ‘Blackest Moon’ has got this über breakdown whereas ‘To Haunt You’ will make you do that pleasant sigh because of the variation in double bass drums. And then the guitar riffs, hell fucking yeah! They’re not too complicated, not the same during the entire record but still interesting enough to make an easy listener. Finally, Piet Focroul’s vocals aren’t that brilliant but he shows that he is able to combine both ways of singing, namely aggressive and clean like on the final track ‘Second Time Around’ in a fine way that isn’t bothering this time.
And that actually characterizes This Violent Decline best; the album is a very decent product from a band that has the experiences to come up with just good material that is interesting enough for almost forty minutes. No real highlights, but, and perhaps that is more important, no disappointments as well.
After All - This Violent Decline
76/1001Details Dockyard 1
Released on Monday Jul 31st, 2006

Writer @CarpeSiem on Saturday Sep 23rd, 2006

Tags: #After All
Tracklisting Frozen Skin
Violent Decline
(Drawn To The Devil)
Blackest Moon
Sacraments For The Damned
Without Reason
Monolith #11
Ruins Of Bones
To Haunt You
The Harlot
Blind Euphoria 2006
Second Time Around
Line up Piet Focroul: vocals
Dries van Damme: guitars
Christophe Depree: guitars
Erwin Casier: bass
Kevin Strubbe: drums
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