WithAllSincerity
The Age Where Nothing Fits

Starting with a frantic and menacing pace, before developing some serious creepy-crunch dance floor cred, all the while staying dangerously punk; WithAllSincerity impress me right off the bat. Raging jagged speed riffs sear into the consciousness, beating and pummeling the listener into a pain-induced trance. They convey the garage or vfw thrash out attitude, while at the same time performing some fairly involving and well thought-out feats of musicianship.The main strength of WithAllSincerity is that they got the riffs and they know what to do with them, taking the harmonic language of Swedish metal and fusing it to the seemingly random chaos of noise-core. These songs are savage and unrelenting, technically challenging yet still punk and pissed. Frank Gonzalez (drums) does an admirable job of keeping the momentum of the music surging and raging, rumbling busily behind his kit, busting out convulsive fills at sometime breakneck pace. Greg Riviera smartly keeps his bass dirty and distorted adding filth to the fury, while vocalist Adolfo Acosta gargles glass with the best of them, and his credible growls and snarls will surely make up for his, uhh, trying to be kind here, dodgy clean vocals.

As previously mentioned, the real story here is the riffs of Ryan Jensen, all dynamic thrash riffs culminating in harmonic-screeching halts; his breakdown riffs stagger, stumble, and stutter giving the proceedings a sense of raw danger and unpredictability which is sorely missing from most of the rest of metalcore world at this moment. His talent is further displayed at the end of the album where he cools off a bit and performs an extended acoustic strumming piece, which reminds me of Sepultura’s “Kaiowas” mixed with the spaghetti-western melo-dramatics of an Enrico Moriccone film score. All in all, an interesting and energized debut from these San Antonio natives, well worth the time, ears, and dollars of those into bands such as Darkest Hour, who are looking for something a little more raw and rough.

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Written by John Gnesin
July 22nd, 2003

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