All But One

Square One

Album Type:
Release Date:
28th April 2017
Record Label:
Lifeforce Records
Total Tracks:

All But One is a band started as a project with members of Alestorm, Heaven Shall Burn, and When Our Time Comes.  Looking at the bands you might expect some brutal metalcore with pirate influences. Well there are metalcore parts for sure, but in general the band fuses the worlds of pop and metal music, combining accomplished melody with masterful guitar and fearsome breakdowns. For a lot of metal fans this will pass borders they don’t like. Sometimes the choruses are so poppy that they become honey-sweet. Fortunately, there are some harsh parts as well.

If you want some bands you can compare them with I would say Wovenwar, Asking Alexandria, and Falling in Reverse. However, there is one big difference, you can hear that the band members have a real metal background. Despite the many ‘Justin Bieber’ kind of sing-a-long parts, the guitars, the drums, and the bass have a “metal” sound. The guitar solos sound especially great. There are bands that play pop music with a metal sound (like the ones I already mentioned) and bands that play metal with a pop sound. All But One is an example of the latter. In ‘The Reaper, the Sower,’ the contrast between the metal riffs and the poppy elements could not be bigger.

This is music you can listen to with a girlfriend that isn’t really into metal without her running away to the other end of the world. ‘Serenity’ opens brutal and fast. If this would have been the first song on the album, you would not expect clean poppy singing, but brutal grunting. That underlines again that this is heavy music, but with Justin Bieber – like vocals. I must confess that I like it.


01. Square One
02. Persistence
03. For The Waiting Good
04. Coloured In Vivid
05. Hope Fuel
06. Little White Lies
07. The Reaper, The Sower
08. Fire Sale
09. Serenity

Playing Time: 35:00

Máté Bodor – Guitar
Joe Carter-Hawkins – Vocals
Karoly Alapi – Guitar
Péter Lerch – Bass
Christian Bass – Drums

Reinier de Vries
About Reinier de Vries 383 Articles
Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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