Album overviewEditAs Above, So Below is the second album from Forced Entry. It’s mostly in the thrash metal vein, although with some humor included (tracks 5 and 10, with those choruses being happily yelled for effect) and some singing from guitarist Brad Hull (“Never a Know, But The No”, which is mostly slow to mid-paced, rather than being thrash, although it has the most solos of any other song on the album), rather than the usual yelled vocals of bassist Tony Benjamins.
There’s also the usual tempo changes and all, as “Macrocosm, Microcosm” alternates between its technical leads to being near thrash metal, and the majority of opener "Bone Crackin' Fever" is thrash, save for the sudden tempo slowdown at 2:59, which "As of Yesterday" also has time changes, like with its initial fast riffs (until its tempo change after about 40 seconds), there’s a mellow part after about two minutes, then has a fast thrash metal ending.
Also following similar suit is "When One Becomes Two", being thrash metal for a while until its slowdown at 1:50 (and then it slowly speeds back up), then later slows down and mellows out with some singing again, and "Apathy" is also mostly fast until it slows down, which it stays at that speed throughout the majority of the song until about the four minute mark.
And as was mentioned before, the album also has some humor in it, which is evidenced by the thrash tune "We're D*cks" and the ending [fellow thrash] song of "How We Spent Our Summer Vacation", but it doesn't have a lot of lyrics (the chorus gets repeated a lot) and ends with the intro from “Bone Crackin’ Fever”.
The album was released in 1991 by Relativity Records.
- “Bone Crackin’ Fever”
- “Macrocosm, Microcosm”
- “Never a Know, But The No”
- “We’re D*cks”
- “The Unextinguishable”
- “As Of Yesterday”
- “When One Becomes Two”
- “How We Spent Our Summer Vacation”
- The intro to “Bone Crackin’ Fever” was accomplished by making noise with Coke bottles, amp casters, a metal drawer, a 12 string guitar, microphone stands, a piano lid, and producer Tom Soares’ voice.
- Videos were released for “Macrocosm, Microcosm” and “Never a Know, But The No”.
- Obviously a song with the title of “We’re D*cks” isn’t meant to be taken very seriously, and the chorus of “How We Spent Our Summer Vacation” of “Get fucked up!” might also be worth a chuckle as well.
- ↑ As Above, So Below liner notes