Metalcore giants All Out War teased a return to form with the release of their Dying Gods EP in 2015; now, with their proper full-length Give Us Extinction, the unit have crafted a record that challenges even their 1998 magnum opus For Those Who Were Crucified. In the last few years, a number of bands have come out of the woodwork echoing the heavy sounds of the '90s, but All Out War prove here that imitators can't hold a candle to the genuine article.
All Out War cram this 12-song set with as much condensed energy as they can muster. The fact that none of these songs, let alone the record as a whole, drags or feels bogged down by their length (half these songs surpass the four-minute mark) is a feat in and of itself; "Bodies for the Machine" transitions from Slayer-esque machinegun riffing into blistering solos before culminating in absolutely menacing chugs, while "From the Mouths of Serpents," the most absurdly heavy track on the record, is a pit anthem for the ages with its repeated and unrelenting breakdowns, which feel heavier with each new wave that hits.
Mike Score's vocals are furious as ever, his nihilistic outcry sounding even more fervent amidst the overall tightness of the production on this record — which manages to avoid sounding manufactured but still captures the charm of their thrash-y '90s sound. Give Us Extinction is a triumphant return for All Out War and proof that they have yet to be ousted from their metalcore throne. (Organized Crime)