AFTER ALL - REMAKE 2010
Metal To Infinity
All announced a new bass player, Frederik
and another singer some months ago. The new vocalist is a man called Sammy
Peleman. I didn’t have a clue who this guy was until I noticed he’s one of
these ultra friendly West-Flemish lads I always meet at the Keep It True or
Headbangers Open Air festivals. Was it really this friendly guy? That youngster
who’s a fan of all those awesome NWOBHM and US Metal bands? Yes, it seems so
and we had a chit chat at the Metal Of Ages Festival because he was desperately
searching for a ticket for the latest KIT festival…and I had one left.
Meanwhile he toured across Europe with After All as support-act from Fear
Factory. People who saw the gig told me he made After All sound strongly
different as before, more traditional…
to make it short I sold my ticket to Sammy at the KIT festival and he gave me a
CD-R with three re-recorded songs After All instead. After All was Heathen’s
support-act on their Belgian’s gig and I’ve told him he could expect an
was convinced this CD-R wouldn’t be that special, so I delayed the spin a few
days because I had so much stuff to listen to… How could I have been so god
damn stupid? This is mind blowing and first class Thrash Metal, fitting in the
row of the best Belgian Metal releases ever! This is how I adore my Metal and
After All sounds like many of my favorite bands right now. You should know this
is only some kind of demo, no official release but if the band will deliver us a
record from this quality in the future there is a masterpiece heading our way.
Sammy lifts After All up to a higher level and is without any doubts a blessing
for these Bruges lads! This is Metal ‘pur sang’, progressive at some points,
powerful, foreseen with ultra sharp riffs and ‘flesh cutting’ guitar solos!
What’s more important is that the band contains now a front man who might
compete with some US Power and US Thrash Metal singers! Sometimes I have the
feeling I am listening to a blend between James Rivera (Helstar, Seven Witches),
Sean Peck (Cage), Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary), Richie Wicks (Shadowkeep),…
These high pitched vocals are the future of After All!
think I am exaggerating? No, I’m not! These high pitched vocals, strong clean
singing lines, his emotional timbres and those fantastic high screams are just
what I am searching for! Musical wise After All stays, as before, pretty
technical but Sammy makes the band sound like for example Heathen, Forbidden,
Cage, Nevermore, Sanctuary… “Betrayed By The Gods”, “Land Of Sin” and
“My Own Sacrifice” are on this CD-R I give one after another spin!
have never been the biggest After All fan, although I own some of their albums
and I saw the band many times on stage, mostly as a support act from one or
another famous Bay Area Thrash Metal bands. They were too average before, now
they are top, ready to outgrow Belgium and hopefully Europe! I can only wish a
new album will be recorded soon! These guys can count on our support, a small
underground Metal webzine but True to Metal! After All makes Belgium proud again!
Check these re-recorded songs at http://www.myspace.afterallmetal.
I don’t really want to rate this one because it’s just a re-recording
‘after all’ …
My points: 90 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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