If you’ve been following the boys in All Else Fails recently – they’ve just managed to outdo themselves yet again. The Canadian based quartet has shared the stage with acts including Threat Signal, Suffocation, and Fear Factory, and is renowned across Canada, North America, and the world. Most recently, the band, which includes guitarist/vocalist Barrett Klesko, as well as drummer Tom Wolf, guitarist Mike Sands, and bass slinger Seedy Mitchell have been gearing up for touring in support of the the follow up to 2009’s Against the Darkening of the Sky. The new album, The Oracle..What Was, Is, and What Could Have Been takes advantage of the saying “hindsight is always 20/20”, resurrecting as well as improving on pieces of the band’s past, showcasing a healthy dose of the present, and giving us a glimpse into a would-be future.
Steeped in apocalyptic symbolism, the record touches on a wide variety of slightly heavy topics such as the apocalypse, drugs and religion. But don’t let that fool you, these guys have a lighter side, both on and off the record.
Metalholic Magazine recently sat down for a conversation with Klesko, who shared some of the back story behind the songs on Oracle post-recording. We talked about some of the more experimental touches the band has taken out of their bag of tricks for this release, as well as the new lyrical direction this album has taken us in. Additionally, Klesko mused with us light heartedly about everything from the meaning of the term metal-core, to which of our two governments act more like robots. We both agreed on the answer to that question, as you’ll hear. In all, it is evident that the band set their sights extremely high for this album, and the results definitely speak for themselves.