All Life Ends

Moshpit Tragedy
rating icon 7.5 / 10

Track listing:

01. All Life Ends
02. Give In
03. Fucking Mess
04. Citizen Scapegoat
05. Collective Stupidity
06. Close The Book
07. Lay Down The Hope
08. Forgotten
09. Cavemonster
10. Jesus Feeds The Worms
11. Ghost With A Pulse
12. Mary Bell
13. Co-Dependent
14. Smothered

To crust or not to crust; that is the question. On "All Life Ends" DEATHRAID answers that question in terms that are so definitive it's ridiculous. We're talking D-beat, DISCHARGE, and a mouth full of blood and broken teeth definitive. The words "raw" and "infected" also come to mind.

Featuring ex-members of DISRUPT, STATE OF FEAR, CONSUME, and DECREPIT, the Seattle rabble's sophomore album represents the true and the blue of D-beaten crust punk. It doesn't break down any doors, metaphorically speaking (literally speaking, that's a different story),and it also couldn't be a more merciless example of the virus's lethality. Killer tone, scalding riffs ("Lay Down The Law" is monstrous),venom-spat vocals, and those gloriously driving rhythms go along with songwriting that is all about the kill shot, yet alters trajectory enough to stave off track-blur. One of the better examples — and a standout track — is "Citizen Scapegoat", which is as much Bronze-era MOTÖRHEAD as it is crust punk, particularly that Fast Eddie Clarke tone/style. Then again, punk and early MOTÖRHEAD were anything but strange bed fellows. But mostly "All Life Ends" is about killing, killing again, and leaving a crust flecked corpse.

Perhaps the best news is that you can obtain these 14 tracks at the bargain basement price of pay-what-you-want from Moshpit Tragedy ( Oh sure, you can download it for free, but steer clear of d-baggery and make at least a small donation, as I did. Or you can purchase the vinyl LP from Agipunk Records, assuming it's not sold out; I haven't checked. In either case, you'll find "All Life Ends" to be a tough little bugger that'll loosen the wax in your ears and smack the smile off your face. You can't fake this stuff.

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