All Out War, Jungle Rot, Weekend Nachos, Steel Nation, No Regrets | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

All Out War, Jungle Rot, Weekend Nachos, Steel Nation, No Regrets Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., June 29, 7 p.m. 2014

All Out War has released the bulk of its catalog since the turn of the millennium, but this long-lived New York hardcore band is a product of the mid-90s uprising propagated by Earth Crisis, Strife, Hatebreed, and plenty of other Victory Records outfits, which made dropped guitar tunings and double kick pedals de rigueur. Some 15 years and hundreds of lineup changes later, All Out War’s signature album remains 1998’s For Those Who Were Crucified. As if the band’s militant name weren’t enough of a clue about its message—in this endless struggle of life, we’re all doomed—there’s also the grim cover art, full of crucifixions and soldiers in gas masks. The chugging metal-inflected guitar, ominous tom rumbles and builds, and oppressive vocals (from sole constant member Mike Score) only drive the point home harder. All Out War’s high-water mark still sounds like pretty tough theme music for the bandanna-wearing picker-up of change in all of us. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $20, $15 in advance

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