October 19, 2005 | | 3

At All Cost, It's Time to Decide

At All Cost are making a strong attempt to distinguish themselves from a saturarated metalcore genre. The only question is, “Have they tried too hard?”

There are many elements in this release that separate them from the rest of the bands playing similar music. The most notable difference is the use of a vocalizer, or other device, to distort just about all the choruses and melodic portions of the vocals. While it’s use it prevalant, it adds an interesting affect on the overall sound of the album. The base musical style of the band is moshy, breakdown heavy metalcore with plenty of screaming and guttural growls. The core style is accompanied by the synth effected vocals in a way that often times seems to give the tracks a poppy feel—the first track being the most noticeable.

It’s Time to Decide is an album that is truly unique. I have not heard many of the elements the band employs in their debut used in any other release (this year at least). It’s a breathe of fresh air to hear something new like this. I was afraid that, after the first couple of listens, the band had gone too far with the synth effects and melodic singing. I remember my initial impression of a couple of tracks on the first listen thinking of rave kids in a club somewhere. Thankfully that feeling wears off after subsequent listens.

I have a feeling that this album will be one of those guilty pleasures that no one will admit to even owning, yet will keep it in regular rotation. If you are looking for something a little bit different from the influx of metalcore clones, check this album out. You might be surprised.

Favorite Tracks:
The Formula
Polish the Nightmare
The Irony
The Hook

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