Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: All That Remains - ...For We Are Many

Band: All That Remains
Album: …For We Are Many
Year: 2010
Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Ok I’m going to go through this really quick since there isn’t really a lot of depth to this All That Remains album anyways. I bought …For We Are Many either the month that it came out last year or a month after.

Anyways I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe hoping for something like TFoI. But this is not TFoI. First off, you are bashed over the head with clean vocals. Though there are a lot of harsh vocals layered (buried) under the singing. Phil Labonte does an alright job singing but I am more a fan of his screams and more guttural death metal type vocals (like on The Weak Willed). So their being more singing was kind of a let down.

A lot of the music itself is really…safe I guess you could say. The intro Now Let Them Tremble… is alright leading into what I think is the heaviest and best song on the album, For We Are Many. This song could easily have belonged on The Fall of Ideals with all the power and aggression of that album. Dead Wrong is another heavy song (maybe the only other?) with speedy verse parts and a generic poppy chorus.

So maybe generic is a good way to describe this album. Outside of those two songs most of the album plays it way too safe and does nothing to separate itself from the rest of the bands in the genre. Sure it sounds undeniably like ATR, but is that enough to satisfy you? Some of the soloing is alright but that doesn’t make up for the formulaic bore that the rest of the material is.

Of course you have your radio friendly songs in The Waiting One, Hold On, and The Last Time. The Waiting One is the ballad of the album and is done completely with clean vocals, with some screams mixed way underneath the singing of the chorus. Probably my “favorite” of the more mainstream songs for its honesty. At least they weren’t trying to disguise it as something its not right?

Mix The Fall of Ideals with more watered down mainstream garbage toned down so your grandma will enjoy it and you have …For We Are Many.

Score: 4/10
Standout Track (Yes there is one): For We Are Many

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