Allfather is a band that blends monstrous, sludgy grooves with aggressive hardcore to devastating effect. The band are based in Rochester in the UK and are made up of Alan (guitar), Andrew (bass), Joe (guitar), Kieron (drums) and Tom (vocals).
Having previously reviewed their debut EP (as well as sharing a stage with them), I knew I was in for a treat and Allfather have not disappointed. This is a band that has cut their teeth supporting some really belligerent acts such as Cold World and Venom Prison; it really shows in the new sense of almost hostility that pervades Bless The Earth With Fire.
The tones on this record are massive. Allfather might be very doom/sludge influenced but the guitars and bass are hardcore central with the distortion cranked. It’s abrasive in the best way. The riffs themselves are an eternal battle between punk chord battery and sleep-esque sludge worship intersected with monolithic breakdowns that are heavier than a blue whale.
The drums and vocals are sparingly used – as they should be – to really accentuate the weight of these riffs. It’s like the guitars are a constant wave, slowly eroding a cliff face, while the drums and vocals are wayward ships, crashing into it full force, both combining to utterly destroy all in their path.
The production on this album is really tight, but at the same time it’s not clinical and helps recreate that raw edge that make Allfather so awesomely aggressive in a live setting. Personally, the bass could be more present, but that’s coming from a doom/stoner fanatic.