Reunion Mania

The Triumphant Return of At All Cost

  • Axl Rosenberg


It is with great joy that I report the following: At All Cost are back!

For those of you who don’t remember the Austin band: they were way ahead of their time, utilizing a wide range of musical styles and influences (Faith No More style), as well as as a vocoder back when most metal fans still didn’t know what the hell a vocoder was. In 2005, they released their debut, It’s Time to Decide, on Combat…

…which got the attention of Century Media, who released AAC’s sophomore effort, Circle of Demons.

Even though that album kicks major ass, it failed to connect with a wide audience, probably because AAC represent something of a marketing challenge: their aforementioned diverse array of influences made them simultaneously appropriate and inappropriate for all tours. In 2008, the group disbanded. Guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan went on to join Darkest Hour (and is still in that band today); guitarist Trey Ramirez started a new band, Pack of Wolves, who broke up in 2011; vocalist Andrew Collins also started a new band, Vegatron, but in 2014, he was in a motorcycle accident that left him with four broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg, a broken scapula, and a skull fracture which caused bleeding in his brain and put him in a coma. Amazingly, Collins has since made a full recovery.

Which brings us to today: the band has unveiled  the previously-unreleased song “These Next Five Years” (which was actually recorded before It’s Time to Decide)…

…AND announced three dates with Darkest Hour (via The PRP):

02/25 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
02/26 San Antonio, TX – Korova
02/27 McAllen, TX – Sofie’s Saloon

Ramirez tells MetalSucks that At All Cost “are as charged up and inspired as ever,” and will not only be announcing more shows in 2016, but are working on new music as well.

This is great news in every way, more exciting to me than any number of reunions by far more famous bands. I can’t wait to hear what AAC sound like today, and I can’t wait to see them live again — this is a band where all the members go apeshit on stage, which makes them incredibly fun to watch, natch. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all their activities… but you should also make an effort to keep up with them on Facebook!!! Tell ’em MetalSucks sent you.

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