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All Shall Perish - Awaken The Dreamers

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All Shall Perish - Awaken The Dreamers

All Shall Perish - Awaken The Dreamers

Nuclear Blast Records
The third CD from Bay Area deathcore purveyors All Shall Perish is their most diverse to date. Awaken The Dreamers is technical and complex with some Meshuggah moments, but also a lot of variety when it comes to tempo and texture.

All Shall Perish's bread and butter is playing fast, complicated riffs with technical precision. They are also able to amp up the intensity with metalcore breakdowns, and also deliver a surprising amount of melody.

Vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida uses death metal screams and high pitched yells on the majority of the CD, but there are a couple of songs where both his and the band's style push the boundaries of deathcore. The title track has a melodic death metal vibe with some singing vocals, but it is still plenty extreme.

"Memories Of A Glass Sanctuary" is a slow, gothic sounding ballad with melodic singing that's in the vein of Opeth. It's completely different than everything else on the CD, and it is placed halfway through the tracklisting, so it acts as a nice interlude.

In the world of deathcore, creativity and originality can sometimes be in short supply. That's why it's nice to hear All Shall Perish stretching their musical boundaries and making Awaken The Dreamers diverse and memorable.

(released September 16, 2008 on Nuclear Blast Records)

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