All Shall Perish

All Shall Perish

Vocalist Hermida in 2008
Background information
Origin Oakland, California United States
Genres Deathcore
Years active 2002–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Members Craig Betit
Chris Storey
Caysen Russo
Matt Kuykendall
Ben Orum
Hernan (Eddie) Hermida
Past members Mike Tiner
Adam Pierce
Francesco Artusato
Jason Richardson
Rob Maramonte

All Shall Perish is an American deathcore band from Oakland, California, United States, 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 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,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 original member remaining is Mike Tiner (bass).

This Is Where It Ends (2010—2015)

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.[4] A legal organization named World Digital filed suit on April 20, 2012, against 80 fans for $150,000 who allegedly used BitTorrent 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 sided with their fans against the lawsuit. The lawsuit was dropped by request of the band.[5]

Hermida joined Suicide Silence on October 3, 2013, as was officially announced on the Suicide Silence Facebook page. On October 4 All Shall Perish released a statement about Hermida leaving, reaffirming that the band would continue.[6] An interview with Mike Tiner on the Metal Injection website stated that Mike Tiner's position was that Hermida chose to leave by not being able to commit to the band.[7]

Upcoming album (2015-present)

On October 21, 2015, All Shall Perish announced the return of Hernan "Eddie" Hermida and guitarist Chris Storey, alongside founding members Matt Kuykendall, Ben Orum, and Caysen Russo (now on bass). The group's press release noted that original vocalist Craig Betit will participate in some fashion as well. The band stated that bassist Mike Tiner, the last original member in the lineup before the return of Orum, Kuykendall, and Russo, declined a personal invitation to participate. Francesco Artusato and drummer Adam Pierce are no longer part of the band.[8]

Musical style and lyrical themes


Much of the band is influenced by European metal,[9] particularly Swedish death metal.[10] 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, Rush, The Police and many others.[11]


The band's lyrics consist of several different themes, mainly upon the foundation of politics, such as government control, fascism, corporate control and organised religion. 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.[12] 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,[13] or the song "Deconstruction", from the album Hate, Malice, Revenge, which was written about original vocalist Craig Betit's ex-girlfriend.[10]

Band members

Current members
  • Ben Orum – rhythm guitar (2002–2012, 2015–present)
  • Matt Kuykendall – drums (2002–2010, 2015–present)
  • Craig Betit – vocals (2002–2003, 2015–present)
  • Caysen Russo – bass guitar (2015–present), lead guitar (2002–2003)
  • Hernan "Eddie" Hermida – vocals (2003–2013, 2015–present)
  • Chris Storey – lead guitar (2003–2009, 2015–present)

Former members
  • Mike Tiner – bass guitar (2002–2015)
  • Jason Richardson – lead guitar (2009–2010)
  • Francesco Artusato – lead guitar (2010–2015)
  • Adam Pierce – drums (2010–2015)
  • Rob Maramonte – rhythm guitar (2012–2015)

Touring members
  • Luke Jaeger - rhythm guitar (Sleep Terror)
  • Bray Almini – bass guitar (Suffokate)
  • Ian Webb – rhythm guitar



Studio albums
Year Album details Notes
2003 Hate, Malice, Revenge
  • Released: April 19, 2003
  • Label: Amputated Vein Records, Nuclear Blast (NB 1401-2)
  • Originally released in 2003 by Japanese label
    Amputated Vein, the worldwide reissue almost
    two years later by Nuclear Blast[14]
2006 The Price of Existence
  • Released: August 8, 2006
  • Label: Nuclear Blast (NB 1670-2)
  • The Korean version contains two bonus tracks which are "Laid to Rest" and "Sever the Memory" which are actually two tracks from the band's debut album.
2008 Awaken the Dreamers
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
2011 This Is Where It Ends
  • Released: July 26, 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast

Music videos

Year Title Director
2003 "Deconstruction" Carlos Saldana & Bray Almini
2006 "Eradication" Richie Valdez[15]
2008 "Never... Again" (currently unreleased) Gary Smithson
2011 "There Is Nothing Left" David Brodsky
"Royalty Into Exile" Tommy Jones


  1. 1 2 "Artist Chart History - All Shall Perish > Albums". Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  2. "The Official ALL SHALL PERISH Website". Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  3. "All Shall Perish Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement". February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  4. "All Shall Perish And Guitarist Part Ways". Press Release on Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  5. "Copyright Troll Causes Chaos By Suing Fans Without Band's Permission". TorrentFreak. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  6. "facebook statement". Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  7. "Exclusive: ALL SHALL PERISH's Mike Tiner Says Eddie Wasn't Fired For Joining SUICIDE SILENCE, He Quit". Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  8. "All Shall Perish Rejoined By Singer Hernan 'Eddie' Hermida". 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  9. Henderson, Alex. "Awaken the Dreamers - All Shall Perish : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic.
  10. 1 2 Donnelly, Justin. "Blistering.comReview All Shall Perish - Hate.Malice.Revenge". Blistering. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  11. SOS, Mike. "INTERVIEW: All Shall Perish: A pulverizing new death metal band". In Music We Trust.
  12. interview with Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (All Shall Perish) Zolireds
  13. "All Shall Perish Post Final "This Is Where It Ends" Track By Track Breakdown Webisode". The PRP. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  14. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Hate, Malice, Revenge > Review". Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  15. "Eradication | All Shall Perish | Music Video | MTV". 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2008-09-28.

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