In 2016, After All’s ninth album ‘Waves Of Annihilation’ caused quite a stir in the heavy metal press. “The best speed metal album ever made on European soil”, André Verhuysen wrote in Aardschok (Holland), helping the Belgian band’s record get to the 3rd place in the magazine’s soundcheck. Rave reviews also appeared in Germany’s Rock Hard (5th place soundcheck), Deaf Forever (8th place soundcheck), Rock Tribune (9/10) and numerous other publications around the globe.
Amidst the buzz that surrounded the record, singer Sammy Peleman decided to retire from the metal scene. Talk about bad timing. For most bands, it would have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Not for After All though. “Instead of going on tour to promote the best album of the band’s career, we had to start looking for a new singer”, says guitarist Dries Van Damme. “We got submissions from all over the place, even from Sweden and the US. But the right guy happened to live around the corner.”
That right guy is Mike Slembrouck, who can be heard on After All’s brand new EP ‘Restore To Sanity’. The EP offers two tracks from the ‘Annihilation’ album, featuring the vocals of After All’s new powerhouse singer. Slembrouck easily masters Peleman’s trademark high-pitched voice, adding a much broader range and tons of power at the same time.
The EP is available as a limited edition 7 inch single on purple vinyl (including download code), featuring artwork by Ed Repka. Dan Swanö remixed the songs. “Slembrouck is even beter than Peleman”, Verhuysen wrote in Aardschok. “And that means quite a lot. With the new line-up, After All consolidates its status as best speed metal band of the Low Lands.” So yes, After All are back on track, planning live dates and working on new material as we speak.
No retreat, no surrender, indeed!
The EP is available through the After All website exclusively.
EVEN MORE ABOUT AFTER ALL:
A complete and detailed After All biography can be found here.
(Written by Eddy Vermeiren & www.1980sbelgianmetal.be.)
AFTER ALL DISCOGRAPHY
"Waves Of Annihilation" CD/LP/tape (2016)
"Dawn Of The Enforcer" CD/LP (2012)
"Cult Of Sin" CD (2009)
"This Violent Decline" CD/LP (2006)
"The Vermin Breed" CD/LP (2005)
"Mercury Rising" CD/LP (2003)
"Dead Loss" CD (2000)
"Transcendent" CD (1998)
"Wonder" CD (1995)
Restore To Sanity" 7 inch (2017)
"Rejection Overruled" 10 inch (2015)
"Becoming The Martyr" EP (CD) (2011)
"Betrayed By The Gods"EP (CD) (2010)
"The Devil's Pathway" 7 inch (2006)
"Armageddon Come" 12 inch/PD (2002)
"The Bereaved EP" 7 inch (2001)
"No Recollection" 7 inch (2000)
"Dusk" 7 inch (1992)
EUROPEAN TOURS WITH:
Sacred Reich/After All (June 2012)
Killfest 2011: Overkill/Destruction/Heathen/After All (March 2011)
Fear Factory (February/March 2010)
Agent Steel/Vicious Rumors (September 2007)
King Diamond (June 2006)
Destruction/Candlemass (November 2005)
Agent Steel (April 2005)
Overkill/Seven Witches (November 2003)
Anthrax/Prong (June 2003)
Anthrax (March 2003)
SHOWS AND FESTIVAL APPEARANCES WITH:
Judas Priest, Testament, Forbidden, Stone Sour, My Dying Bride, Jon Oliva's Pain, Armored Saint, Exodus, Shadows Fall, Heathen, Life Of Agony, Saxon, Tankard, Metal Church, Laaz Rockit, Rage, Blitzkrieg, Primal Fear, Helstar, Voivod, Paradise Lost, Anvil, Blaze, Tankard, Angel Witch, Dead Soul Tribe, After Forever, (hed) PE, The Gathering, Anathema, Therion, Psychotic Waltz, Apocalyptica...