AFTER ALL - DAWN OF THE ENFOCER
ROADRUNNER RECORS BENELUX / CNR
Metal To Infinity
All is Belgium’s most promising Metal act at the moment for me and no one can
dissuade me from this expression! Delivering their way of Metal pure as can be
for decades now, make notice of the fact these guys’ new and 8th
full length effort will be officially released in Belgium, Holland and
Luxembourg by Roadrunner Records at the end of April 2012. The rest of Europe
have to wait for both CD and vinyl is scheduled for early June. Entitled “Dawn
Of The Enforcer”, fans of Bay Area styled Thrash Metal surely will have a real
good time listening to such a fantastic masterpiece like this!
the release of previous, full-length album, “Cult Of Sin”, all connection
with record label Dockyard1 was at a dead end so After All was forced to
identify some other labels which proved a difficult task. Strong and loaded with
good ambitions they recruited a new singer and bass player and take it from me
– with the new line-up, After All is better than ever before. To expose how
good the new band occupation sounded, two EP’s were recorded as self financed
articles. “Betrayed By The Gods” and “Becoming A Martyr” were so damn
good, it was a new start for After All that keeps the fires of old school Thrash
Metal burning bright here in Belgium and far beyond!
of typical US inspired, so called Bay Area Thrash Metal will be definitely agree
with me that After All can be compared with acts like, Forbidden, Agent Steel,
Blind Illusion, Helstar, Mordred, Defiance and stuff. Watching these guys’
list of live performances is quite amazing to me… to name but a few, After All
played toured across Europe as support act for many infamous troops of Metal
like: Testament, Agent Steel, Candlemass, Heathen, Forbidden, Death Angel,
Exodus, Anvil, Armored Saint, King Diamond, Sepulture, Laaz Rockit,… awesome!
Go check their homepage at: www.afterall.be
and make notice of more live dates next to come.
“Dawn Of The Enforcer” is produced by sound magician Dan Swanö
in a very professional way. It’s not the first time both After All and Dan
work together but the production of the new album is so damn good, it really
defies my imagination. More well known artists offered their skills – for
example Ed Repka who did the cover art and brings his name again to honour. I
can’t imagine that you never heard of an artist like Ed who’s actually world
famous due to many incredible covers he painted in the past. To refresh your
mind, check out covers from albums like: Death, Defiance, Evildead, Hexen, Faith
Or Fear, Megadeth, Nuclear Assault, Toxik, Vio-lence among others. Musical guest
appearances on “Dawn Of The Enforcer” come from the ranks of Fordidden,
Armored Saint and Agent Steel so you are warned in advance, right!
new album “Dawn Of The Enforcer” contains eleven songs, brought to the
masses with an obvious persuasion – hereby, all the players in After All prove
that they are in great shape ready to take the world by a lethal storm of steel!
Opener ‘Parasite Within’ starts with a very high scream of singer Sammy
Peleman followed by superb Bay Area Thrash Metal influenced guitar riffs, fast
bass lines by Frederik Van Massenhove and the energetic drums of Kevin Strubbe.
Great to hear the nice collaboration of both axemen Dries Van Damme and
Christophe Depree. This work reminds me right on to the good old days of Bay
Area Thrash Metal.
for the vocals of Sammy I’d like to say the following words… while the man
is using his throat in a standard mode he does reminds me of Marc Biederman of
US Thrash act Blind Illusion (album: The Sane Asylum) and Paul Kimball of
another American Thrash Metal band called Mordred (album: Fool’s Game). Those
days, both offered their own and especially unique manner of singing in full
glory and that’s also what After All’s Sammy does. He even can give the
listener something extra in the form of awesome high pitch passages which I like
a lot. Being a fan myself of extreme high vocals like Geoff Tate, John Cyriis,
James Rivera, Rob Halford or Paul Davidson (ex-Heir Apparent), After All excites
me completely. I’d like to say that with the recruiting of Sammy, they have
one of the best Belgian Metal singers ever in its ranks!
are you ready to thrash again? I hope you will because the following songs will
start testing your neck muscles definitely. ‘Timeless Machine’, ‘Digital
War’, ‘Spread The Infamy’ and ‘Becoming The Martyr’. They bring
technical thrashing Metal velocities with brilliant vocals and a good tactile
co-operation between guitar players in the first place. Bassist and drummer
collaborate very good as well. ‘To Breach And Grieve’ gives you the
opportunity to recharge batteries for a while. Easy parts alternating with great
melodic and power moments… it
feels a bit like Queensryche’s ‘The Lady Whore Black’ meets ‘Gods Of
Wrath’ from Metal Church. Thrash Metal maniacs better take position to go wild
and crazy during ‘Demolition Course’ followed by the
amazing ‘Betrayed By The Gods’ and its dragging, still fantastic rhythms.
Chopping guitar riffs and aggression act as incentive on ‘My Own Sacrifice’
and ‘Devastation Done’. For those who survived After All’s Thrash Metal
mayhem so far, I have one last song in the offer called ‘End Of Your World’.
It’s a worthy ending of great album where I, as a Belgian Metal maniac myself,
am very proud of.
that the band signed a deal with a major label like Roadrunner Records, I’m
sure this will give them an extra boost to go on releasing more efforts in the
future. Classic Metal maniacs who like their stuff in a mainly Thrash or Speed
Metal way (in the vein of: Agent Steel, Exodus, Defiance, Helstar, Realm, Steel
Prophet, Intruder, Forbidden, Blind Illusion) including killer high pitch
vocals… ‘Dawn Of The Enforcer’ is the one you’re looking for. Order at: http://www.afterall.be/
After All – good oiled Metal machine made in Belgium for all those into
Bay Area Thrash Metal!
My Points: 93 / 100 (Review by Stefan)