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After All
This Violent Decline
Type: CD
Company: Dockyard 1
Release: 2006
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/1/2006
Carried the torch for Belgian heavy metal
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.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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