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All For Nothing – To Live And Die For

All For Nothing – To Live And Die For

The Rotterdam Posse is not dead! Well maybe the original ‘posse’ around Dutch melodic hardcore pioneers Crivits is, but All For Nothing have over the years grown out to be one of the few Dutch hardcore bands going out there every weekend to get on stage and raise hell.

To Live And Die Forย is the second full length of the five piece and is a logical follow up to Miles And Memories. Since that one came out the band has done numerous headlining and support tours. Hard work pays off if you hear how tight the musicianship on the new record is. The band isn’t treating on new ground with their music, it’s still metallic new york hardcore with a melodic side.

The biggest improvements on To Live And Die For are the vocals of Cindy which sound more natural and less forced. Cindy does still have the kind of high pitched voice not everyone will enjoy, but from what I understand there are also people who don’t like the voice of Ray Cappo.

A big surprise on the new record are the guest vocals of Graig Setari of Sick Of It All, Straight Ahead etc on ‘Without A Doubt’. It makes you wish for a new Straight Ahead record. Speaking of Sick Of It All, in comparison with Miles And Memories, To Live And Die Forย has more groove on the groove parts and more focused fast parts. Maybe the band payed some attention when they did an European tour with the old men from Queens?

To Live And Die For isn’t a groundbreaking hardcore record, but it is a very consistent album that both old and new fans of New York Hardcore straight from Rotterdam will enjoy.

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6 comments

  1. Onno said on 2012-04-11

    listen to it, was good, but nothing more than that. admire their hard work though

  2. Just Killing Time said on 2012-04-11

    Most underappreciated band in The Netherlands. I really don’t understand why so many people in the Dutch scene look down on them and everybody always seems to be saying ‘I respect their hard work, but I don’t like their music’. Everywere else in Europe, this band is ripping off roofs for fucks sake! I will never forget their show on With Full Force a few years back, 3000 people in the tent, HUGE pit, tons of singalongs… Amazing.

    By the way, this is their third full length, not the second. The first was Can’t Kill What’s Inside.

  3. Onno said on 2012-04-12

    I don’t really know why I don’t LOVE it, listened to it and it just didn’t stick, guess it’s a ‘taste’ kinda thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Pim said on 2012-04-12

      It’s not like you have to defend why you don’t like a band right? There are lots of bands I don’t like that people love. And the same goes for the opposite ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And “everyone else loves it” isn’t a really good argument ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Deadpool said on 2012-04-12

    @JKT: Come on! Get over it. And nobody is looking down on them.

  5. dennis verhiest said on 2012-04-20

    They are really, really good, especially as a live band. I have a lot of respect for these people…….
    As for the introduction, I like the Crivits link, but of course AFN is a lot bigger and even better than Crivits ever were ;p