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All Out War
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Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Here in Chicago it's always been fashionable to make fun of Victory Records, the label known most famously perhaps for hardcore vets like Earth Crisis and a whole lot of younger hardcore bands that sound like, well, Earth Crisis.

For those not already in the know this is prime metalcore (although the band would probably frown on the name), drawing the messy live energy from hardcore punk and attempting to fuse it with the bass drum stampede and stupefying solos of metal. This sounds easier than it actually is, and despite a variety of sonic similarities the two genres have always kept their distance.

When they do convene the results frequently sound somehow stunted. It's too hard for punk, but not technical enough for metal; somehow it seems caught in the middle, like it's inherited the lesser qualities of both genres. What results is rather forgettable music.

I reviewed another hardcore album recently, Halo's Body of Light, and although I didn't like it very much, I appreciated that it had its own distinct sound. I can't say I've heard every band on Victory but based on the ones I have heard, it comes off as a very predictable sound, as opposed to the roster of Relapse Records (who released the Halo disc) or a label like Skin Graft Records.

There's a slim chance that this is hot stuff and some relative degree of unfamiliarity with the minute details of the hardcore punk/metal scene is blurring my vision. If that's the case, I encourage someone to email me and set me straight. Otherwise, thumbs down on All Out War. Also, Catch-22 is lame.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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