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Technical death metal band All Shall Perish hails from Oakland, California, but their eponymous three-track demo had to make its way across the Pacific Ocean and be embraced by Japan's Amputated Vein Records to make possible their first album, Hate, Malice, Revenge, released in 2003. Founded a year earlier, the group then parlayed a tireless touring schedule into a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast (which re-released their debut in 2005), and comprises vocalist Craig Betit, guitarists Beniko Orum and Caysen Russo (recently departed), bassist Mike Tiner and drummer Matt Kuykendall.
All Shall Perish is an American deathcore from Oakland, California, formed in 2002. Currently, the band is signed to Nuclear Blast and have released four full-length albums through the label. Their latest record, This Is Where It Ends was released on July 26, 2011.
Formation and Nuclear Blast signing (2002—2008) 
All Shall Perish was founded during 2002 from the former members of the San Francisco Bay Area bands Antagony, End of All, and Boof. The founding members were Matt Kuykendall, Ben Orum, Mike Tiner, Caysen Russo, and Craig Betit. The band's name was decided on by Kuykendall, and explained that he came up with it by "Sitting in my room in Berkeley, California, reading news websites and thinking about the fucked up shit going on in the world and my own life at the time. The name itself is a simple truism, but it's something that we all too easily forget." They then released their demo in 2003 and caught the attention of Japanese label Amputated Vein Records. On April 19, 2003, they released their debut album Hate, Malice, Revenge. In 2005, it was re-released by Nuclear Blast. In 2006, The Price of Existence was released. Their first single, "Eradication", was made into a video and was played on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, and a viral video of the song "There Is No Business to Be Done On a Dead Planet" set to the boy band 'N Sync's video for "Bye Bye Bye" helped to garner a new fanbase for the band.
The group released their third studio album, Awaken the Dreamers, on September 16, 2008, through Nuclear Blast. It debuted at number 126 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Top Heatseekers charts, with 5,500 copies sold in its first week. Guitarist Caysen Russo and vocalist Craig Betit only appear on the band's first studio album, and were replaced, respectively, with Chris Storey and Hernan "Eddie" Hermida.
All Shall Perish have completed several successful tours across America in 2006, and were also on The Darkness Over Europe 2007 tour. Bray Almini (Suffokate) occasionally fills in for Mike Tiner on bass during tours. In September 2008, they toured parts of Russia and became the first all-American metal band to tour Siberia, playing shows in Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Omsk. The band was also part of the European leg of the Hell On Earth Tour 2008. On November 11, 2008, the band recorded the video to their single "Never... Again" in downtown Los Angeles, directed by Gary Smithson.
Line-up changes (2009—2010) 
On February 5, 2009, All Shall Perish released on their website that they would be parting ways with guitarist Chris Storey and replacing him with Jason Richardson. The band issued the following statement: "We will be doing all upcoming tours and fests! We have an unbelievable replacement named Jason Richardson. Can't wait to see everyone on the road! We will be doing a small headliner, the Atticus Clothing tour and then a ton of major fests in Europe. We have some surprises in store as well!"
After finishing the Night of the Living Shred Tour, All Shall Perish members returned to California where they began writing a new album. Mike Tiner stated that the process was "going slow, very slow". In early 2010, Richardson left All Shall Perish to join Born of Osiris. On June 5, the band announced a new line-up. One of the founding members, drummer Matt Kuykendall, was replaced by Adam Pierce (formerly of Sea of Treachery) and Francesco Artusato (Hiss of Atrocities) became the new lead guitar player. Francesco is the band's third lead guitar player. The only two original members remaining are Mike Tiner (bass) and Ben Orum (rhythm guitar).
This Is Where It Ends (2010—present) 
On the November 8, the band announced they were to start work on a new album. Guitarist Ben Orum had this to say on the band's official website: "After two very successful tours at home and abroad, we are now home writing the new All Shall Perish record! The writing process is flowing very naturally, and so far the material itself is very impressive. It is safe to say this will be one of the most aggressive, epic, groovy records we have ever written. I cannot wait to start playing this material live." On January 31, 2011, the band was announced to be billed on the fourth annual Mayhem Festival, playing on the Revolver Stage alongside other metal acts including Suicide Silence, Machine Head, Straight Line Stitch, and Testament.
Their fourth full length titled This Is Where It Ends was released on July 26, 2011, in United States and July 29, 2011, in Europe. A legal organization named World Digital has filed suit on April 20, 2012, against 80 fans for $150,000 who allegedly used bit torrent to download this album. This action by the company was done without the band's permission or knowledge and as a result, All Shall Perish has sided with their fans against the lawsuit, and has since then been resolved. The lawsuit was dropped by request of the band.
Musical style and lyrical themes 
Playing style 
The band's playing style consists of fast paced, heavily palm-muted power chords in the rhythm section, and higher octave runs in the lead section. The percussion section consists mainly of heavy double bass-pedaling, and often rapid sections of snare drum, until the song comes to the breakdown. The breakdowns add splash cymbal and china cymbal to the mix, with quick bursts on the double bass. The vocals of the band use the false chord-screaming technique, a few earlier All Shall Perish songs feature inhaled pig squeal vocals.
Much of the band is influenced by European metal, particularly Swedish death metal. In 2005, original drummer Matt Kuykendall stated that the band is influenced by a large number of groups, including Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, At the Gates, Dying Fetus, Irate, Blood Has Been Shed, Hatebreed, The Beatles, Journey, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Police and many others.
The band's lyrics consist of several different themes, mainly upon the foundation of politics, such as government control, fascism and corporate control. For example; the song "Black Gold Reign" from Awaken the Dreamers is in reference to current countries around the world adopting oil as a main source of currency. A majority of their songs are politically based. Although rare, the band has had a few songs written on personal subjects such as the song "In This Life of Pain" from the album This Is Where It Ends, or the song "Deconstruction", from the album Hate, Malice, Revenge, which was written about original vocalist Craig Betit's ex-girlfriend.