When I’m not a globe spanning rock journalist that Rolling Stone wishes they had working for them, I work in the public school system. So does lead singer Mike Score from All Out War, who has a new record coming out in July entitled, Crawl Among The Filth. Score is a high school teacher. I read about this a few years ago. I went looking for the band immediately on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, you name it. And. to be honest, it’s hard to be a rock writer in this genre without being aware of bands like Hatebreed, Terror, and especially, All Out War. I found them, checked ‘em out, and haven’t looked back since. Thank god for that.
All Out War’s new disc, Crawl Among The Filth, is a searing indictment on the state of humanity as stated by the title. I like the band’s approach to this record which gets away from the traditional hardcore blueprint of screaming about one’s integrity, their strength of character, the power of family, etc. Look, I’m not putting that down, it’s just that after hearing that mantra over and over it gets repetitive. Hardcore isn’t two dimensional, in fact it’s the most textured and layered genre of heavy music that exists. My opinion.
All Out War went the other direction on Crawl Among The Filth and shined a light on who we are and where we are as a global, human tribe in the year 2019. And, with lead singer Mike Score being a high school teacher, he awarded the human race a failing grade and rightfully so. The truth of the matter is, we’ve really fucked up a lot of shit and there’s no hiding that fact.
So let’s take all of this, everything I’ve mentioned, and put a soundtrack to it. And that leads back to Crawl Among The Filth.
From a sonic standpoint, All Out War’s sound is operating on a subtle foundation of punkish-grind (think DOOM) that all their wrecking ball of a sound, Agnostic Front meets Obituary, to go full on, scorched Earth at will. Lyrically, the band has a lot to say and address and well they should. I like the message; we need it now more than ever. Standout tunes include “Gehenna Lights Eternal,” “Contempt be thy Faith,” and “Hanging on the Wire.” The anger is cranked to 10, the brutality factory is off the chart, and best of all? All Out War have gone next level maturing in sound, presence and vision. Thinking man’s hardcore. Buy this immediately.