All That Remains
The Fall of Ideals


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthew "Axl" Peck USER (5 Reviews)
December 11th, 2007 | 18 replies | 3,314 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though it takes a turn towards "popular" generic modern metalcore, The Fall of Ideals demonstrates the biggest step yet in maturity for this young band.

So many so-called metalcore and hardcore bands rise and fall within a short time period these days, regurgitating the same styles and musical features as thier previous albums, eventually falling by the wayside as they succumb to new trends and disappearing interest amongst fans. Very seldom do they exhibit the growth, musically and lyrically, that it takes to be a truly talented and successful entity. Few bands, in my opinion, are like All That Remains.

Showing glimpses of talent, but a lack of songwriting ability on thier debut, Behind Silence and Solitude, the band truly developed into a far more mature songwriting capability on This Darkened Heart. The sophomore album, however, left fans yearning for a more complete release, showcasing the years of experience the band had gained and the bright spots from both albums. That release is The Fall of Ideals, by far the most impressive, albeit cliche, release to date.

The opening track, "This Calling", is a perfect example of the band's ability to finally bring it all together, though it may also prove to be a style which leads to the band's downfall. A combination of tight songwriting, fully-formed leads, and great lyricism combines with the new rythm section (ATR replaced both thier bassist and drummer on this album) to create a catchy yet moderately heavy single. It also showcases Phil's much-improved vocal range, both dynamically with the harsh vocals and quality with the cleans. This pattern is evident throughout the album, "Whispers (I Hear Your)" and "Six" being good examples of how the band has finally brought everything together beautifully.

My biggest complaint is that, while Phil's clean vocals have gotten astoundingly better, they are a bit overused in typical metalcore fashion. Perhaps this had something to do with the introduction of Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) as producer. While Adam is a great engineer, as a producer, he simply knows how to turn out an incredibly generic modern metalcore album. It is apparent that it seeped through into the ATR album, perhaps a bit too much. This is the only thing on this album which I think may be self-defeating. For such a talented and mature band to back themselves into the generic corner would be quite the disappointment, but in the days of producers and labels taking more creative control to avoid losing money, it would hardly be a surprise.

I believe salvation is still available for the band; they retain thier own brand of heaviness on my favorite tracks, "Indictment" (The solo here is simple yet hauntingly amazing) and "Empty Inside", as well as "The Weak Willed". These tracks show to me that the band is still capable of writing good, thrashy songs. Perhaps they won't give in to the genre on the next one; they have every capability of making the genre bend to them.


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willfellmarsy
December 11th 2007



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Review, short and to the point. A very good album but I agree with ur belief that they are backing themselves into a corner. Weak Willed, Indictment, and Whispers (I Hear You) are the best songs imo.This Message Edited On 12.11.07

ninjuice
December 11th 2007



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairly unnecessary, but I can't talk cause of my DT review. The summary is pretty my exact opinion on this, and the review's short but good. Pos'd

Thor
December 11th 2007



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review. I love this album.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Pluh
December 12th 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

surprising how you think Empty Inside is a favorite track as most people found that to be one of the weaker songs on this album. either way, cool review and this is still one of my favorite albums.This Message Edited On 12.12.07

Pebster49
December 12th 2007



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kinda short, but not bad. I aggree with this. I hardly ever listen to there old stuff, because this is just so much better and improved. Amazingly catchy as well.

jrowa001
December 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, the only ATR album i listen to

SynGates
December 12th 2007



2467 Comments


I thought this was a pretty good review, good job. I hate this album, though.

Bfhurricane
December 12th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the band'd downfall

A grammar nitpick. Good review, I agree that they could break out of a generic genre label as well.

Crimson
December 12th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I absolutely adore this album, best metalcore I have ever heard (although admittedly my knowledge of the genre is pretty small)

Confessed2005
December 12th 2007



3314 Comments


Converge and Botch man - that's better metalcore.

I've still yet to hear this in full. I had a few tracks a while back and they were pretty good. I might download the whole album or something.

rasputin
December 12th 2007



14504 Comments


Nicely done, short and sweet. Voted.

Valhall
December 12th 2007



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. I have made a few spelling/grammer edits and it should be good now.

I plan on going slightly more in depth with my next review, but this was my first, so I wanted to keep it simple and to the point.

astrel
December 12th 2007



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My roommate loves this band. I find them to be listenable.

Confessed2005
December 12th 2007



3314 Comments


Shannon Lucas is a good drummer, that has to be said. He is better in BDM though. He proved that well last night.

willfellmarsy
December 12th 2007



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know about that. His drumming seemed to flow very well with All That Remains. On Nocturnal his drumming didnt quite seem to fit. He might be better suited for BDM but he'll have to prove it on the next album better then he did on Nocturnal.

Wizard
December 12th 2007



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice concise review. This album blows big metalcore balls besides a few ok guitar licks here and there...namely the opening to Six.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Bfhurricane
December 12th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The thing that will help All That Remains become incredible (which probably won't happen) is when they substitute in creativity in place of fresh, metalcore-y riffs. A metalcore band will have decent success if they can put out singles that have catchy choruses, some screams, and cool guitar parts, but can be great by being slightly more intuitive. Id say All That Remains falls in the middle. Nevermind, more towards the earlier saidThis Message Edited On 12.12.07

Wizard
December 12th 2007



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^^^^ Agreed with the above statement. These guys have so much potential and waste it away to a boring writing style that is predictable.



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