All Out War have been around for a long time. Since the band formed in 1991, they have released only a handful of albums, the latest being Assassins in the House of God; what is presented here, though, is something that almost blurs the lines between genres. Taking influences from old punk and thrash bands, All Out War combine hardcore vocals with thrash influenced riffs that actually sound relatively close to the 80s greats.
Although the guitars are definitely the highlight of the album, it must be said that although the vocals are done in the generic, cheese-infested hardcore style, they actually fit the music; this however, shows the actual quality of the guitar compositions. Thrash-inspired riffs fill this disk, and I say "inspired" because the more you listen to this album, the less thrashy they get and the more hardcore they become.
That, however, is not to say there aren’t some fantastic riffs on this album; some songs like "The Angels of Genocide," "When Your Gods Have Failed," and "Behind the Crescent and the Cross" contain some riffs that would feel right at home on an early Cro-Mags or Kreator albums.
This album however, is really only for fans of hardcore; despite the good production, the album has little or no replay ability once the hardcore components become ingrained upon your mind — that is, if that sort of thing bugs you… (4.5/10)
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