In 1997, All Out War was born and Slayer was releasing its last truly solid album, Undisputed attitude. Coincidence? I think not. All the good thrash riffs Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman used to write went to the mind of the riffs machines that operates in All Out War, forever transforming Slayer into a nostalgic (but still awesome) band.
Now in 2015, Slayer is still trying to make us believe that they can put out another solid album whereas All Out War is now back with a very strong EP. Listening to this EP, its easy to imagine how much of a battlefield their show will be like once their fans hear those windmills inspiring songs. The style of moshing All Out War inspires is called ignorant but these guys are experts to inspire this brand of madness.
On the other hand, nothing here can be called original. Even the sample introducing Nothing left to bleed is the same old monologue from Apocalypse now. As for the melody, it could be lifted from a Season in the abyss B-Side that you would not know the difference. What truly separates All Out War from the endless of King and Hanneman inspired thrash band are the slow motion part made for the humans wind turbine and the pissed off vocals of Mike Score. The history teacher has not lost is desire to punish humanity and the veins on his neck can still be felt pumping massive amount of blood to this brain as he eats the microphone with his mouth wide open on every line.
He still manages to sound more evil on Arise, a metalised cover of Amebix that they successfully make it their own even if it still sounds quite different from the rest of the material here. The biggest difference here is the chorus on the original sounds hopeful, a cry for a new revolution, whereas the chorus of the cover is more of a call to arm and to sacrifice in battle. The Carnivore cover on the other hand is closer to the original because the light Maiden influence on the main riffs is still present, even if the Beatlesque bridge of the original is replaced by a more metal and less atmospheric part. It’s still a welcome change from the intense barrage of the first five songs and concludes this EP with some nice variety. All in all, Dying gods is a strong return to form five years after the release.