All But One
Square One

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

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




Released 2017-04-28
Reviewed 2017-05-03


lifeforce records

This is square one for the band called All But One, a band consisting of members from the likes of Alestorm, Heaven Shall Burn, When Our Time Comes etc. They are now releasing their debut album aptly titled Square One, an album of 36 minutes and nine tracks of modern metal music with influences from the millennial pop scene. A band looking to be frontrunners of the modern type of hard rock and metal and if this is square one they will probably succeed in their ambitions in the not so distant future.

Their music is modern metal with a lot of catchiness and memorable hooks, several of the songs will remain in the back of my mind for quite some time after these lines of text has been published. Excellent production, decent variation and sensible playing time – this album has a lot going for it. Sure, the vocals could have been better but it is nothing that is particularly detrimental to the album has a whole. A whole that is consisting of strong songs and it is a good square one.

This is a great album with great songs from start to finish. The only little niggle I have is that the title track Square One, the greatest track on the album, should have been further back in the list of songs. It isn’t great to open the album with the highlight of the album, especially when that track is much better than the rest of the tracks on the album. That however, does not mean that the rest of the album’s tracks are weak, they are all great and the album is really enjoyable to listen to, an album that makes you want to play it over and over.

I think that maybe the strongest aspect of this album is that it isn’t feeling repetitive despite having very catchy songs, that is a quite difficult thing to achieve. And I really like this album, therefore my conclusion is that if this is square one, how good will square two be? When you listen to the album you notice that there are nine great reasons to really enjoy this album, an album that comes very highly recommended.





Label: Lifeforce Records
Three similar bands: Hands Like Houses/Alestorm/In Flames
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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