Joe Cavaliere – what a name – wrote me a few dozen months ago. As I am in the process of catching up I went through all of their social media so I would find a little bit more information. Well, I found some but a certain level of confusion remains. The first Youtube link ended up in the middle of nowhere and in regards to their published songs I found some on their website and more on iTunes. I hate when that happens as it means I end up writing an article that may not be complete.
First things first, 18 month after getting a message from Joe it was essential to figure out if these guys are still together. Based on Facebook posts that seems to be the case. In terms of music I notice one EP (All For Nothin’) plus a few other songs floating around (Beat Me Down or Small Reality). Whilst the world wide web is often a reliable source of information, it isn’t this time around as All Or Nothin’ is a term that is rather popular with Google.
So let’s stick to what we know! We have Travis King as their solid lead vocalist, John Vo on lead guitar, Joe Cavaliere on bass and vocals and Eric Waldrup on drums. All Or Nothin’ is produced by Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Studio. They have a rather boring biography / description on their website. Apparently All For Nothin’ is a philosophy, a mindset or a mantra. Seriously? A mantra is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers. So guys, no disrespect but you need to change your Marketing guy, this intro or whatever it is called is not very Heavy Metal. Should you want an introduction for your website that is a) interesting and b) stands out from the rest: I may offer my services. Anyhow, it is about time we get to the interesting part: the music.
I have written about many US bands before, some great, some good and some were not really to my liking. That does not matter – I often analyze, listen to the details and then write about it. If I would only write about the music I like myself, well, this website would be rather empty. So it is always a pleasure to find a band that makes music that I personally like – or love. All Or Nothin’ happens to make such music.
I agree with one small part of their websites introduction: they are a heart and fist pounding Hard Rock band and yes, they are hard-driving and you can definitely call them high energy. Also, looking at some of their limited amount of Youtube stuff, they put on a great show. Let’s listen to some of their songs – you can find them on Reverbnation – and figure out why the author of this article loves the music.
For Nothin’ (they really don’t like spelling things to the end) with its plucked bass and guitar intro turns rapidly into a very powerful tune. Travis with his strong vocals, an intense performance by Eric on drums (with the occasional sequence of double-bass drumming) and a decent portion of nicely distorted guitars will give you a taste for more of their sound.
Livin’ The Hard Way is a bit shorter than the previous track but makes up for that in intensity. A track that reminds me of a couple of great glam metal bands – my sincere apologies but that is my perception. Don’t you just love that back beat, the structure of the song and the occasional shouted chorus? It is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest, if you listen carefully you find different subgenres of metal in this track. Let me know what you think and leave a comment!
The mood is initially a bit somber on Modern Day Fairytale – guitars sounding a bit like church bells. I hear church bells I suspect Satan lurking around. But no worries, the straight forward riffs that follow this introduction makes Lucifer make a run for it. The rhythm of this track is somewhat relaxed which leaves room for Travis to prove once more his strong vocal chords. Watch out for the backing vocals, all of a sudden you get the feeling that you are surrounded by a couple of pirates. Probably my favorite track.
Every Breath is a song the whole world knows. The original was written by Sting for his band The Police back in 1983 and a major hit. The track was covered many times ever since, the most famous cover version (using several samples of the original) was done by Puff Daddy back in 1997 following the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. It is hard not to like this song and it is even harder not to like the cover of All Or Nothin’. It is a proper cover version with heavy guitars and great vocals. I don’t need to add anything as you can’t go wrong with this track.