All That Remains
Overcome


2.5
average

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
September 19th, 2008 | 238 replies | 34,676 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An almost consistently good, but never great album.

I guess I missed the memo, because I was pretty late on the The Fall of Ideals bandwagon. And I was never fully on it anyways; if anything, it was like I ran for the bus, realized it was the wrong one and got off. Shitty analogies aside, I liked The Fall of Ideals, but unlike a lot of folk I never really fell in love with it. Yes, it was occasionally great, but it was never consistently good. Even while the album was defined by its rollercoaster highs and lows, there was something there. Overcome has the opposite problem. It's nearly consistently good but never really great.

The first thing I noticed on Overcome was the vocals. Phil Labonte still has solid control over his harsh vocals but they now more often than not come with a hint of exhaustion and wear to them. He sounds tired and his harsh vocals seem tattered as a result. This makes for an awkward contrast concerning his moderately improved clean singing. With Jason Suecof handling production duties this time around (instead of Adam D.), the clean vocals sound far less processed and computerized, but they're still fairly glossy. They're also still subpar, but the point is the contrast between tattered screams and boyish cleans is, like I said, awkward. Of course to go through this member by member would make the review read as over-comfortably as the album plays, so it is far easier to simply point out Overcome's overwhelming adequacy. If The Fall of Ideals was a slalom, Overcome is cross-country; sure, there are heavier tracks (Before the Damned, Relinquish) and softer ones (A Song for the Hopeless, Believe in Nothing) but they're all par for the course. Even when the quality between tracks falters, it never feels like a major drop-off. I could say "Chiron" is an obvious highlight but then in passing, I'd mention the absolutely terrible "Believe in Nothing". Of course the blame can't be placed entirely on All That Remains for "Believe in Nothing"; a cover of a Nevermore track, the song is a hypothetical "what if" pairing of Good Charlotte, Alice and Chains and the Backstreet Boys, only with a fittingly Nevermore-esque self-indulgent, hair-blowing-by-a-fan guitar solo and a thick layer of fuchsia coloured provolone. I guess that makes it rotten.

You could actually make the argument that, quality aside, "Believe in Nothing" is a fitting metaphor for the rest of the album. In place of the band's near-flawless imitation of the original, Overcome is All That Remains doing the best impression of themselves. Like a truly polished cover band, the notes are all hit without compromise and the sound is dead-on, but something's lost. Overcome ends up sounding unsure of itself, at times coming off like a b-sides companion piece to their previous albums and at other times sounding like a band trying to hold onto their integrity as they make a dash for radio. Taken at face value, Overcome is more than enjoyable. The hooks are moderately memorable and sugary-sweet, and the instrumental work is downright impressive (the solos and drums being the most imperatively above-average). The Fall of Ideals was a promising metalcore album with undeniable staying power. Overcome is but a grain in the sand on an oversaturated desert; a metal album you'll enjoy while you play it but won't ever be something you‘ll yearn to hear. Plus, it seems to lend itself to absolutely porous analogies. I'd call it a sophomore slump except this is their fourth album. Take from that what you will.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's late because I hand-wrote it on the bus and then lost the notepad. lol. The summary is kind of awkward but the one I wanted to use has "its" and "it's" and I since apostrophes don't work in the summary box I just wrote that one instead.This Message Edited On 09.19.08

Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Good review. I was considering writing one for this, but it would have the same 2.5 rating (and just be slightly more negative). This album is a big step down from what they showed they're capable of.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

marksellsuswallets
September 19th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I guess I missed the memo, because I was pretty late the The Fall of Ideals bandwagon.

Methinks you're missing a word or two...

Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I miss the word "on". I was typing it off of a scratchy hand-written note so I probably missed more than just that.

myhigherpie
September 19th 2008



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I found myself really only liking one song on this album. Chiron. That is it. But that song is oh so sweet.

marksellsuswallets
September 19th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album disappointed me in a big way...there's just no umph to anything...

Duderino
September 19th 2008



827 Comments


Great review. Fall of Ideals was pretty average so I don't think I'll be checking this out

Thor
September 19th 2008



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree on pretty much everything you said. Days Without is pretty great though.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

ninjuice
September 19th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I got pretty much the same impression from the first two tracks as this review. It's a good album but never really awesome like Fall of Ideals was. Although I certainly disagree about Phil, I thought his previous vocal performance was completely ace.
You missed this little thing:

b-sides companion piece to their previous albums and at other times sounding like a band trying to hold onto their
This Message Edited On 09.19.08

Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What did I miss exactly? Unless my brain is melting, everything you quoted is correct.

ninjuice
September 19th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I added the underlined "to". It's not in the review itself.

sadmafioso
September 19th 2008



318 Comments


you forgot the word 'to' in the review

Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh, haha. My bad.

CushMG15
September 19th 2008



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review is to the point and solid as always, so nice job. I like the cleans more on this album, but I couldn't quite place what I didn't like about them. I think you pinned what it was tho. Solos and drumming are great. Solid album that will probably settle at a 3 for me.

I would've liked a little more screaming in the higher register tho. Bummer.This Message Edited On 09.19.08

Platonism
September 19th 2008



168 Comments


Good review.

Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

I would've liked a little more screaming in the higher register tho. Bummer.
That's my biggest problem with this album. His vocals used to be so varied. He had the black metal highs, the death metal lows, hardcore shouts and decent cleans. Also every song didn't require a damn clean chorus that dominates (and doesn't even fit) the song.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The chorus for "Do Not Obey" is especially bad and awkward. I would have went on about the vocals but I didnt feel like over-describing things for an album everyone's already heard.

Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

I agree that "Do Not Obey" is particularly bad, but I can't think of even one where the chorus does fit the song. Also, the verses almost feel like races to return to the choruses. There's nothing special or exciting in any of them.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 19th 2008



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That's sort of why I mentioned the really awkward contrast with the glossiness and the harshness. I used his vocals as the main example but it's pretty exemplary of the entire album.

Willie
Moderator
September 19th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Well, it's a damn good review for a very weak album. When I was thinking about reviewing it I even played with a 2.0 rating, but I realized that as disappointed as I am with this it's still average not poor (but it's close). You're right though, even the riffs lack anything exciting or really interesting.



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