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3.90/5

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1/5

All That Remains - Overcome

Matti Frost   (179 reviews)

Posted: 10/28/2008 | Comments: 17 | Rate:

I had no idea what to expect since All That Remains is a band that I haven't really paid attention to. This was the first CD of theirs I listened to all the way through and at first, I was like whoa, why haven't I listened to them before? This band fucking rips! The execution on this album is top-notch. The music is probably some of the best modern metalcore ever tracked. Drummer Jason Costa, formerly of Diecast, stepped in to fill the void left by Shannon Lucas (who left to join Black Dahlia Murder) and provides an absolutely ripping display of drumming sickness. Costa has been one of my favorite drummers for 11 years now. Mike Martin and Oli Herbert nail the shred with their tight riffing and blistering guitar solos. The bass is present though not defined as much, typical of metal albums these days, but Jeanne Sagan is solid in the pocket, giving the album some well-deserved oomph right where it counts. Vocalist Philip Labonte has a great growl and scream that's delivered well throughout, though his clean vocals tend to weaken the songs whenever they're applied.

Despite the overall performance of this album, though, there's something about this that doesn't sit right with me. It's extremely formulaic. The song structures are all simple intro/verse/chorus/repeat/solo/chorus/outro. The choruses all have clean vocals, most of them are similar in key and melody. There's the requisite half-ballad and even a cover song at the end, Nevermore's 'Believe in Nothing'. That one's a head-scratcher for me, because it sounds like the original with worse vocals. Few can sing as well as Warrel Dane, but Phil Labonte ends up sounding a little whiny and thin trying to pull this one off.

That's not to say that they're not creative within the format they use, only that the format will only allow that creativity to go so far. Like I said, the drumming is amazing and the guitar solos are nutty as hell, but I find that the formulaic structures and the overdose of clean vocals in the choruses contain the music to 'safe' parameters. This is a band on the cusp of becoming the next Killswitch Engage, and they're playing it well within the realm of commercial acceptability, and in that sense, it's saddening, because this band is capable of so much more.

I suppose that many would consider this 'mall metal', and while I am loathe to use that description on a band with such incredible talent and skill, those who would use the term have a legitimate gripe. I think this is a very good album, but even though it may look like a van Gogh, it's still a painting done by the numbers. Still, if you're just looking for something to rock out to, this album will meet that need.

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Comments
Old Head
38,328 Posts
61/M/NA
I like this band in small doses.
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
35/M/PA
to me this band will never step out of the shadows of Shadows Fall. Each time i hear/see them they are starting to sound more and more like Killswitch and the last thing we need is another one of those.
The Winter's Wrath
7,923 Posts
45/M/PA
I like them more than I like Shadows Fall. SF is just boring to me anymore.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
31/M/UT
i agree with wren. this band has been a KSE clone for years now, and who needs another one of those, let alone KSE themselves.
The Winter's Wrath
7,923 Posts
45/M/PA
If I had to choose one, I'd take All That Remains, I think their music is much better whereas KSE has just gone completely dumbed-down.
Old Head
38,328 Posts
61/M/NA
I like both bands although I prefer the earlier killswitch.
GK 9
7,574 Posts
34/M/PA
tra----ashhhhh
WastedPotential
6,659 Posts
37/M/VA
Pudge Hugs are the best hugs.
Atty at law
3,980 Posts
35/M/FL
Shadows Fall- Of one Blood --best.
I have no legs!
149 Posts
29/M/NC
as far as KSE goes, howard will never replace the void left by jesse
life is gawbage
22,796 Posts
38/M/NY
fucking TERRIBLE band
Anxiety Hangover
11,188 Posts
27/M/WI
Originally posted by: Cory Monster

fucking TERRIBLE band

GK 9
7,574 Posts
34/M/PA
Originally posted by:scumbucket

as far as KSE goes, howard will never replace the void left by jesse




I still rock their Ferret release
I have no legs!
16 Posts
37/M/TX
This album is definitely a disappointment. The first time I heard Silence and Solitude, I thought these guys were awesome. Very raw, very metal, no clean vocals. This Darkened Heart was more metalcore, and had a few clean vocals, but they fit in the 2 or 3 songs that contained them. The Fall of Ideals had a lot more clean singing, but it was still a strong album. On this one, they seemed to have lost their edge, and Phil Labonte's voice sounds overproduced, as does the music. It's a shame. I've always preferred these guys over the crop of KSE clones out there, but this album is a few steps backwards.
I have no legs!
14 Posts
30/M/MO
Extremely disappointed in this album. I understand this album took a long time to produce from the previous album, The fall of ideals. This goes to show just because you take a long time to produce an album does not mean it is going to be a great album 2 stars out of 5 overall

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