This Violent Decline
Company: Dockyard 1
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Much like fellow countrymen Channel Zero, After All has carried the torch for Belgian heavy metal since 1987. It is interesting that we rarely see hide nor hair of the Belgian ilk considering the weighty volumes these bands have produced. After All, based out of Bruges, have released six studio albums total and are still widely disregarded by most avid collectors. It’s a shame because the band are really consistent and solid, evident with this new album, ‘This Violent Decline’, which shows the band as versatile as ever. The tandem of Depree and Damme proves to be a puissant force, mid-tempo when needed but strongly pushing the pace faster throughout. Vocalist Piet Focroul is perfect for the material, somewhere between a thrash-spoken ministry and sterile singing. The album’s mix was done courtesy of Fredrik Nordstrom at Fredman Studios and mastered at Antfarm Studios by Tue Madsen.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.