All Else Fails The Forever Lie

All Else Fails – The Forever Lie [EP]

The opener of The Forever Lie may be titled Beneath The Waves but it certainly isn’t drowning. The song opens with a deceptively indie guitar and tom drum part before breaking into the chugging pre-verse riff and the thundering verse. The first vocals to be heard are the crunching screams that take the whole verse before the tuned vocals hit in the chorus. The following breakdown is one of the few about that doesn’t cut to half time yet is still extremely heavy, which suits the track well. Next comes The Sons of Plenty which doesn’t mess about with the indie introductions anymore – straight into the brutality of the verse. Screams and chugging, malevolent guitars bring the real gritty sound to the track, and the strong rhythm pins the solo down to its well-performed sweeping and sustained notes.

The title track begins with the heavy styling outlined in the first two tracks and continues with harmonised leads panned to each side for maximum effect. The raw grit in the tuned vocals here are demonstrative of all the vocal ability, and the screams that back them up are sharp to fit with the technical instrumental. There is no fade out – the rhythm and leads all keep going right out to the end for an abrupt finish. Twice Broken provides a heavy introduction with vocals that remain melodic through the verses and stack up in layers, with the chorus being space-filling as it fills with delayed gang vocals to bring the restraint through. It then all breaks down just before the halfway mark with a quick double-kick beat that gives rise to screams and cymbal crashes.

Surprisingly, the heaviest pieces on The Forever Lies doesn’t hit until fifth track Bones. The opening is just a wall of noise with harsh, raw screams over the top to create a total space fill. The breakdown hits with the biggest ferocity the album holds with natural harmonics ringing out between chugs of the beat-driven rhythm guitars. It then gives way to closer Terracide which is arguably just as heavy as Bones. The opening again follows a similar formula of brutality-melodic chorus-brutality, though solos atop the rhythm riffs bring a lovely depth to the sound that brings through the immaculate guitar tones that make the album.

Overall, The Forever Lie is a solid release that shows All Else Fails are only getting better with more experience. Having produced six very good tracks that would fit into their setlist to play anywhere, the EP will combine with the rest of their catalogue to make for fantastic headline or support slots with whoever else in the hardcore scene.

All Else Fails Launch Crowdfunding For Their New Album “The Forever Lie”

For fans of; Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alexis On Fire, Cancer Bats and Five Finger Death Punch comes All Else Fails with their new album The Forever Lie. 

This follows up from the groups 2013 EP Fucktropolis which garnered them wins at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards and Edmonton Awards.

Frontman Barrett Klesko stated: “Almost 4 years ago we released a little EP called “Fucktropolis” that exceeded all our expectations. It’s been a long time following up with a new album, but we finally have the new songs ready to go, and we are about to unleash “The Forever Lie”. We’re extremely excited about it and can’t wait to let you all in on it!”

Completing the tracking, mixing and artwork on the album has become problematic with All Else Fails needing additional funding. The pre-release date is scheduled for December 2016 with the full album release set for late winter 2016/early spring 2017.

The band have set up a campaign via IndieGoGo and are offering great perks including alternate personal CD artwork.

The campaign is available here to see what is being offered by the band. 

Barrett Klesko describes what the funding is and what it will entail below the band ask fans what the band/term means to them.

All Else Fails understands that not all fans can help financially but through sharing their video/this post this may do well to help the band achieve the goal needed to record their new album. With appearances on some huge festivals like Warped Tour and Boonstock and opening for groups like KoRn and Killswitch Engage this is a group who’s campaign will hopefully be successful.

Antimartyr taken from 2013 album Fucktropolis.