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All That Remains The Fall of Ideals

All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals
1. This Calling MP3
2. Not Alone
3. It Dwells In Me
4. We Stand
5. Whispers (I Hear You) The Weak Willed
6. Six
7. Become The Catalyst
8. The Air That I Breathe
9. Empty Inside
2006 Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 8/27/2006

While I am familiar with some of All That Remains' earlier work, I can't say that I've really been moved either way by this band. It's not I've thought these guys were a terrible band, but I haven't heard anything that's gotten me excited. Unfortunately, with The Fall of Ideals I remain apathetic.

All That Remains' last album, This Darkened Heart, struck me as having a huge Killswitch Engage influence, albeit, a bit more metal. For The Fall of Ideals ATR has taken on a slightly more aggressive approach on some parts, and in other areas, has become more melodic. For example, while most songs use the formula of having metal verses, and melodic singing choruses, the sixth track (entitled "Six") is very close to a melodic death metal songs, ala Vehemence. On the flip side there are tracks that utilize more melody, whether in the riffs or singing, than an aggressive, metal style. But it is the formula (with the exception of the sixth track) that really gets to me, because it is used over and over again. The first two songs seemed a bit catchy to me, but by the fifth song I wasn't even sure how many songs I had listened to. It wasn't until I looked at my CD player that I caught up.

The overall vocal performance throughout The Fall of Ideals is top-notch. With dynamics abound, Phil Labonte belts out high pitched screams, mid-range yells, low roars, and clean singing that is all flawless. As far as performance goes, there isn't one thing to complain about in the vocals department. Actually, the entire band executes their songs perfectly, but we all know skill doesn't equate with quality songwriting. All That Remains loves throwing in big breakdowns in all of their songs, and they all sound so similar to me that they could be interchanged between songs. There is only one riff that really jumps out at me, and that's the very beginning of the second track, "Not Alone," which is a picked out, jazzy part with solid timing behind it. What I can't figure out is why these guys decided not to use that riff again in the song.

The production, orchestrated by Peter Wichers and Adam Dutkewicz, is full and crisp. I don't know why I'd expect anything else. It sounds very similar to anything that Killswitch Engage or Unearth would release.

Bottom Line: I'm sure if you like All That Remains' previous material you'll enjoy The Fall of Ideals. To my ears however, it is formulaic, repetitive, and played out. It's a stellar performance trying to push mediocre songwriting.

shadow_   posted 10/19/2008 10:10:04 PM
wow you guys are ridiculous. personally i think they are a very talented group. you give them so much shit but you probably couldn't shake a f*ckin stick at a guitar.

stop talking shit and show some respect to talented musicians or f*cking show me your video cleaner more original material.
ihateemo123_   posted 10/15/2008 1:22:30 PM
generic, boring, and unorginal. songs all sound the same. i would have given it a 4/10.
DurkaDurka_   posted 1/30/2007 4:21:04 PM
Jonathan> Well at least he was really talking about the Sixth track ("is very close to a melodic death metal songs" [sic]), which is "The Weak Willed" and not "Six"

Six is in Guitar Hero 2 though, and is one of the hardest songs in the game.
macabre1285_   posted 12/22/2006 3:25:59 PM
Kiilswitch engae can't even solo or rip it up half as fast as this band.
Jesus_   posted 9/27/2006 10:59:55 AM
Satans A bitch

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