All That Remains
The Fall of Ideals


4.0
excellent

Review

by itachi1452 USER (14 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent effort which unites many new elements to All That Remains' music.

Eww, metalcore. That is what I would have said a few years back, when I first heard of All That Remains. I had listened to a song from This Darkened Heart, and I instantly hated it. To me, they seemed like an excuse for music, exactly what my early impression of metalcore was. It was due to the growing numbers of untalented metalcore artists who all had the same formula: loud growling and screaming, thrashing guitar, odd time signatures, and low quality production. Obviously, it was the type of music which feature brutality and heaviness over melody and technicality.

However, over the years, I started reviving my interest in metal bands, mostly focusing on alternative metal. However, upon listening to Bullet For My Valentine, I was blown away by their music, how it balanced melody and technicality, singing and screaming. Later, I noticed that people who bought The Poison also bought The Fall Of Ideals by who else, but All That Remains.

The Fall Of Ideals is by far one of my heaviest albums, and one of my very favorite. What at first impressed me was Phil's voice. Melissa Cross did a good job in teaching him, as he has showed a large improvement vocally. His singing voice is clean and melodic, and his growls are better than ever, and show more diversity. When I first heard the Weak Willed, man, what a blast it was. Suddenly hearing him do the death metal growl was a shock to me, I was amazed at how low his voice got. It was lower than most death metal growls I had heard anyway.

The percussions are also excellent. The drummer is very talented, and very fast. Not so fast that the drums become incredibly repetitive as seen in bands such as Dragonforce, but fast enough to give the song more power than ever. The guitar's also welldone in this album. The dual guitar's provide some nice melody to cover in during Phil's growling, and some of the riffs are the catchiest that I've ever heard (as seen in the beginning of Empty Inside).

To wrap it up, this is album that features many styles of metal. Not Alone's guitar is heavily influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden. Phil's voice can vary from standard metalcore growling, death metal growls, and hardcore yells. The guitar is melodic, and technical, and the solos are among the best that I've heard, catchy and original. This is an album that will be appreciated by most of the metal community.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
kalkal50
August 22nd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty average review. It was too short and too little detail. This album is pretty one-dimensional. I grew out of it surprisingly quickly.

BallsToTheWall
August 22nd 2007


44424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Six is a great tune.

Digging: She Past Away - Belirdi Gece

kalkal50
August 22nd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It is

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 22nd 2007


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty average review... this album is pretty average, too... wowow! Btw, I'm pretty sure the review is more than long enough; super long reviews are for people that don't have anything better to do.This Message Edited On 08.22.07

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2007


16398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album gets old very fast.

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

dub sean
August 22nd 2007


980 Comments


Six is damn near impossible in Guitar Hero 2

Otisbum
August 22nd 2007


1912 Comments


Six is damn near impossible in Guitar Hero 2
Maybe on expert, but even then all you really have to do is practice it a few times.

itachi1452
August 22nd 2007


366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey, i'm not a good writer, plus this is my first good review. i'll try to improve in future reviews. thanks for the comments though!

Thor
August 22nd 2007


10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't recall ATR using "odd time signatures" that often.

LifeInABox
August 22nd 2007


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

:lol: Pwnd

masscows
August 22nd 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wtf avatar

stop "x"ing it up, it's so gay. It's cool if you don't want to smoke, drink, or fuck, but dude, come on.

anyway I've always thought this band was pretty average aside from the soloing.

Willie
Moderator
August 23rd 2007


15985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they're the top of what Metalcore has to offer... Still Remains seemed like they could get there, but blew it.... I can't say that I listen to this CD all the time, but I throw it on from time to time...

I can't think of any metalcore bands that really use odd-time signatures... other then the last two paragraphs this is more a history of how you hated and then got back into metalcore...

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

Kiran
Emeritus
August 23rd 2007


6001 Comments


I used to like this album. A lot. I got bored of it after a while though, like a few others have said.

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're rating is still a 3.5 though.

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some of their riffs are like really really good. I just hate the production, the guitar sounds should be more prominent. Oh well, it isn't death metal.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 23rd 2007


6001 Comments


Oh well, it isn't death metal.


Well observed.This Message Edited On 08.23.07

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well observed.

stupidhead god your braain 1s layk the siize of a peanut l0l0l0l banana face ahahahahahahahahThis Message Edited On 08.23.07

Kiran
Emeritus
August 23rd 2007


6001 Comments


I don't even like banananananas.



I am sad like a rhino who has lost it's horn in very unfortunate circumstances and is forced out of the herd and left to fend for itself, all alone, out in the wilderness.

That kind of sad.

kalkal50
August 23rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

But you're just a banana head. YOur head is the shape of a BANANA THAT'S HILARRIOUS!!This Message Edited On 08.23.07

SylentEcho
August 23rd 2007


1570 Comments


the review lacks a LOT of detal. And only the first 3 tracks of this album are good. I never liked this band so much.



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