At All Cost - It’s Time To Decide (Combat Records/Koch Records) - Back
Hardcore seems to be an every changing and progressing genre, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. At All Cost is basically beat driven hardcore with psychadelic and funky elements. It’s more hardcore than anything, but weird elements are sporadically mixed within it and change their sound, not necessarily for the better. Not all of it is that bad, it’s for the most part what you would expect. It’s for fans of Killswitch Engage, Darkest Hour, and Unearth. The more aggressive tracks are more worthwhile; I guess if they stay aggressive it’s to their benefit. Vocally the screaming vocals are pretty typical but there are weird vocal effects on some of the clean vocals. In fact, I don’t really care for the clean vocal effects; I don’t think it works with hardcore. The combination of the clean vocals and certain guitar riffs make you think you are listening to another genre completely and essentially created a new hybrid. This style of hardcore for the most part isn’t my tastes. I can picture some people thinking what the hell are they doing when they switch to the clean vox with effects. If you can get by that, then it’s a decent disc. My favorite part on the disc is the instrumental ending of the last track. It’s quite tranquil, especially for a hardcore band. It’s like an acoustic part to an Opeth or Katatonia song with violin. Nothing else really rises above the rest, but about half the album are decent tracks.

Rating: 71