All That Remains
The Fall of Ideals


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
March 31st, 2010 | 53 replies | 5,931 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A perfect blend of intensity and melody in one album of Metalcore perfection

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

In my mind there is something so endearing about a band’s ability to blend heavy, intense music with a sense of melody and feeling. On The Fall of Ideals, Massachusetts based band All That Remains molds the perfect blend of intensity and melody into a modern metalcore masterpiece.

Right from the start it is obvious that All That Remains came to play on this album. Opener This Calling is an introduction to what the rest of the album will be composed of: heavy guitar riffs, melodic lead passages, intense drumming, and a mix of harsh and clean vocals done very well. The Fall of Ideals showcases the talents of guitarists Oli Herbert and Mike Martin, giving them free reign to create intricate passages such as the clean melodic bridge in Six, and the blistering tremolo intro in Air That I Breathe. The guitarists shred and riff through all eleven songs, never letting up. Another important part of what makes The Fall of Ideals a classic is the vocals of Phil Labonte. Using everything from a high shriek like in This Calling, low growls such as those in The Weak Willed, and clean singing found in almost every song, Labonte screams and sings his way through this album with abandon. The variety of vocal deliveries is higher then on most metal records, and it is this variety that helps keep The Fall of Ideals refreshing through every listen. The bass is handled by Jeanne Sagan, and like most metal records is pretty much inaudible, but would sorely missed if it was removed.

What makes The Fall of Ideals a classic metalcore record instead of just an above average one is the drumming of Shannon Lucas. His drumming is especially ear catching in tracks like This Calling, Six, and Empty Inside. His tasteful, yet technical drumming is what gives this record the oomph it needs to become a staple in every metal listeners collection.

The Fall of Ideals is a classic, a record that can be played repeatedly over years and still retain it’s unique sound and the freshness that came with the first listen. Utilizing technical instrumentation along with the perfect mix of intensity and melody, The Fall of Ideals is a must have for any fan of metalcore of any type.



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  • Metalhead9696 (4)
    The fall of ideals was an important album for all that remains and metal core as a genre i...

    Pedro B. (4)
    Guaranteed best choruses in the business....

    Andy H. B. (4)
    Before I discovered this band, I usually didn't like songs that had a lot of screaming. Th...

    sharkd93 (4)
    A Superb Listen From Beginning to End. Unfortunately There's a Lacking of Bass....

  • Danie (4)
    It'll have you banging your head and shouting along profusely....

    Matthew "Axl" Peck (4)
    Though it takes a turn towards "popular" generic modern metalcore, The Fall of Ideals demo...

    itachi1452 (4)
    An excellent effort which unites many new elements to All That Remains' music....

    TheSunSleeps348 (4.5)
    ...

  • AllThatRemains (4.5)
    All That Remains will keep you on youre toes, if you are looking for a band thats keeps yo...

    Dominic (4.5)
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    Drunken Viking (3.5)
    A huge step up from This Darkened Heart; The Fall Of Deals while being rather repetitive a...


Comments:Add a Comment 
WhiteWallStargazers
March 31st 2010



2647 Comments


seemed a lot longer in the word processor :/

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2010



20580 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uhhh there are no blast beats in "This Calling". I don't know about "Six" since I never heard that song.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

WhiteWallStargazers
March 31st 2010



2647 Comments


ooh yup my bad, edited it to fix

sspedding
March 31st 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a bit short for a 5. Love this album.

NeutralThunder12
March 31st 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

used to be my favorite album of all time, but to me as a critic now, it's between a 3.5-4. It's not perfect at all though.

bloc
March 31st 2010



34660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No surprise it's Walls giving this a 5 ;)

Short and sweet, nice.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010



5968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, but I thought the review was a bit short =/

BigHans
March 31st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dont know about a 5, but good job. Then again, I gave Rocky IV soundtrack a 5, yesterday, so to each their own. Good album. Minnesota ftw.

Relinquished
March 31st 2010



24375 Comments


Pretty good review, but hell no to rating.

bloozclooz
March 31st 2010



1770 Comments


last two paragraphs start off with pretty much the same sentence

Crymsonblaze
March 31st 2010



7479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll agree with the rating, because it's definitely a classic by metalcore standards. Good review, too.

Willie
Moderator
March 31st 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this album was an EP with only 1, 6,7, 8, 10 & 11 it would be perfect.

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BassDemon333
April 1st 2010



3347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh this isnt a 5, but its still a great metalcore album.

Bfhurricane
April 1st 2010



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, but definitely lacks a classic quality. I can think of a few parts where I get bored or where it just sounds too generic.

Six is an essential metalcore song though imo.

EnricoPalazzo
April 1st 2010



626 Comments


Best part is the death moo in Becoming the Catalyst.

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

IRAI
April 1st 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the top 10 metalcore albums, but by no means a 5.

Shannon Lucas (now in BDM) Does an awesome job of drumming on this album. im happy that is mentioned.

short and sweet review.



Wizard
April 1st 2010



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

In my mind there is something so endearing about a band’s ability to blend heavy, intense music with a sense of melody and feeling.

Not with this band unfortunately. This isn't even top 30 worthy for metalcore.

Review is wayyyyyyyyyy too skimpy on reasoning behind a 5/5.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

Phantom
April 1st 2010



8930 Comments


Lucas' drumming is the only thing that slightly interests me on here

sspedding
April 1st 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The solo in "It Dwells In Me" is prey sexual

Wizard
April 1st 2010



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kind of disappoints me on here tbqh (besides "Six"). Check out Chimaira's s/t for his best performance to date.



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