All That Remains
Behind Silence And Solitude


3.5
great

Review

by Aeksis8745 USER (1 Reviews)
June 12th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With their debut album, All That Remains prove that they are much more than the metalcore giants they have become.

After having departed Shadows Fall to try and take All That Remains to the next level, many questions started to surround Phil Labonte. The biggest probably coming in the form of "Could ATR surpass or even equal the amount of success of Shadows Fall?". The answer would vary depending on who you asked, but to fully judge for yourself you must look at the beginnings. If you have you just become a fan of ATR and are working backwards through their library, you might be surprised.

The lineup includes:
Phil Labonte - vocals
Oli Hebert - guitar
Chris Bartlett - guitar
Michael Bartlett - drums
Dan Egan - bass

The first track which also happens to be the title track fades into an aural assault of melodic lead riffs and furious drum work. Driven by Phil's screams that seem to follow the riffs very well and include a pretty catchy chorus. The solo featured here is done exceptionally well, nice and short, straight to the point. Next up is from these wounds, which is done in the same vein as the opener if not a bit slower. These first two songs are a good indication of whats to come later and gives the listener a good intro to ATR's sound. One thing people might notice here are the repetitive sections, for some this could get a bit boring. A couple of well placed solos split in two by a nice guitar harmony fills up the rest of the track. These two songs should let you know right away if you will keep on listening or if you will be changing discs.

At this time i'd like to showcase the members of the album starting with of course the guitars. The absolute highlight of the album would have to be the work of Oli and Chris who start the album off riffing their minds out and don't let up. The lead riffs and solos will hook you and leave you wanting more. They're a bit reminiscent of the guitarwork found on The gallery by Dark Tranquillity. There is so much going on that you will need repeated listens to fully absorb them. Even weaker songs like shading have memorable parts, although they're not quite perfect. Some great riffs are used repeatedly in songs( see title track and one belief) that might leave you a little bit bored, but this is usually remedied by a great solo or harmony.

The vocals are up next and this might be the biggest downer of the entire album. Phil's voice does not have the range that he showcases on future releases, so if your a big fan of his clean singing you'd probably be dissapointed. He has a pretty monotonous scream that doesn't change pitch much, to older fans of Shadows Fall this won't be a surprise.

Now to round out the group we have the drums and bass. Behind the kit we have Michael who is a pretty standard drummer and fits the band's sound well. Although the sound of his kit fails to leave an impact, the bass drum has that soft clicky sound going on which doesn't help things. He does add some variety to songs like follow which features some blast beats, but overall they're forgettable. Finally, the bass like most modern bands isn't very audible and you would have to make it a point to even hear it.

As we head back to the album there is one track that rises above the rest, which comes in the form of home to me. This song features crushing riffs, with a catchy chorus, and to top it off an extended breakdown that has a jazzish feel to it. Lots of layering going on in this song which might be their best musically.

Overall this album ends the same way it started, with a very fast paced melodic song. It has the mentality of an old school 80's thrash album with the run in, run out song structure. Thats not to say that this a thrash album, if anything it could be seen as melodic death metal which is rare by american metal standards. New fans of ATR or metal in general might not enjoy this, but to the well seasoned metalhead with an affinity for gothenburg influenced guitarwork, this is a welcome listen.

Recommended Tracks:
behind silence and solitude
from these wounds
clarity
home to me
one belief


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Aeksis8745
June 10th 2008


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay, here it is again, because for whatever reason it got taken down. Comments are welcome as always.

SCREAM!
June 12th 2008


10089 Comments


It didnt get taken down. The site lost all reviews posted after february in a crash a few weeks ago.

Hawks
July 23rd 2008


35824 Comments


This album is much weaker than their other two.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Aeksis8745
July 23rd 2008


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well I do agree that it is weaker than their other two, this is still a solid and interesting listen.

Hawks
July 23rd 2008


35824 Comments


I dont really like it.

Aeksis8745
August 4th 2008


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You didn't think that this had a lot of metal in it?

zrosschristian
December 27th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This a good debut from ATR. Follow and One Belief are both stand out tracks. Vocals definitely need improvement but thats expected on a bands first album. Still a good listen.

3/5

Aeksis8745
February 25th 2009


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Home to me still blows me away everytime I listen to it. I really wish they would play some of this stuff live.

Captain North
February 25th 2009


6787 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The vocals are sooo bad. The next two albums blow this one away.

Emim
September 3rd 2009


26621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Erase is my favorite, pretty cool track. I'm glad Phil left Shadows, ATR is SO much better in my opinion.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Home to Me is awesome

Locrian
March 21st 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I would listen to this WAY more if Phil's vocals were as good as they are now.

Quen
July 12th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was decent.

Kahnefan98
March 10th 2011


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Would be interesting if they rerecorded this

Spec
March 10th 2011


27167 Comments


And only if they re-recorded it.

JamesDay21
January 29th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my opinion this was one of my favorite albums and it went harder than any of the other, a classic album.

ConsideredDead
September 20th 2012


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was straight up Melodic Death Metal, and for that it should get props. But honestly, it's a painfully average Melo Death album. Then again, this and 'This Darkened Heart' was the best stuff the band did. Then they turned into lame Killswitch Engage clones and became about as generic as you can possibly get.

XcKyle93
January 11th 2013


115 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I actually really like this album; it's certainly my favorite out of all of the All That Remains albums. It has a certain appeal that I cannot properly explain. Plus, for some reason, I find the solo sections to be very captivating. You can tell that their guitarist, Oli, has studied classical music in some form; sequences can be found in many of his guitar solos!

The Fall of Ideals, usually considered ATR's best release, is still pretty good, but at times the songs seem too formulaic, and I honestly cannot stand Phil's clean vocals. It doesn't help that he can never seem to sing them on-key live.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2013


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is def not a five jesus christ

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2013


6109 Comments


>classic album
>3.5

GOOD SHIT



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