Edmonton, Canada’s All Else Fails know a thing or two about the local music game with nine impressive albums to their name since they reunited fifteen years ago. They have another work ready for the public this year, one that is personal, direct and, in today’s times, more relevant. “The Incident at Black Lake” is 25 minutes of technical, hard and melodic metal that is backed by show dates in September.

The band originally planned to release the album as one long track, but split it into digestible singles to be released in the coming months. They recommend listening to it as a whole, ideally on headphones or with a great home speaker setup. They spent a lot of time working on the sonic headspace for this release.

Singer/guitarist Barrett Klesko explains the personal journey behind debut single “Flesh/Excess/Wealth”:

“This song explores the horror of having a sense of my own humanity removed from my conscious existence. I put progress and individualism above kindness and community, I forgot I’m doing part of a larger universe that humanity has barely opened its eyes to I hurt myself in the name of our god currency I humble myself on the altar of ego I place the needs of a few unknown above those who want a lot and I’m often unaware that I’m doing this. This song is about disconnection. Musically it’s oppressive, militant, violent and aggressive.

“Flesh/Excess/Wealth” is a violent and dystopian attack on the senses. The depths of his endless despair are contrasted slightly by the glimmer of hope in his reminder that we are no longer, we came from the dust and will return, like the stars, like the Earth. Softer, ethereal oriental musical elements are used to offset the overwhelming march of industrial percussion, a nod to the band’s recent experiences in India.

The song is heavy, fast and technical while carrying an ambient melodic beauty in its pre-chorus and bridge. Backed by thrashy guitars and lively drums, the driving vocals in the vocals are huge, evoking feverish mass hysteria. Fans of Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, and Revocation are recommended to listen.

The Incident At Black Lake was released on September 30, 2022.

Track list:

“I, profaner”
“The Corpse Within”
“Crystal Mountain”


Everything else fails live:

17 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat

(Photo Credit – Barrett Klesko – FadeBack Studios United)