All That Remains
For We Are Many


3.0
good

Review

by DreamScapeVirus USER (3 Reviews)
December 14th, 2010 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All That Remains may not be re-inventing the Metal Wheel, but this album is definitely worth a listen for fans of there previous work...

The seamless enigma that is All That Remains, fronted by the man of a thousand voices (or at least many producers takes on how many layers is necessary to make him fit in "there" mix) Philip Labonte, has once again made another "Good" album, with not much to be said right off the bat, except it is in fact superior to "Overcome" both from a songwriting perspective and production.

Without trying to compare this album with "Overcome" to much, as prefaced earlier this albums production quality (or lack there of) from a vocal perspective, makes this album much more enjoyable to listen to. "Overcome" saw never ending double and quad tracking, on every moment of Phils vocals. This album blends his usual Low guttural growls, Mid Growls, High Shreiks, and Clean to Super Clean vocal styles much more smoothly. As well on the topic of production finally that unknown diva on bass Jeanne Sagan, is present in the mix, making for a much heavier All That Remains then heard on all of there previous records.

Now onto "For We Are the Many"

The Good:
Phils demonic shriek heard on the intro to the classic ATR song "Six" is now prevalent throughout the album like never before. This was always a very interesting game changing aspect of his vocal range and it was very nice to see it taking the spotlight in the song "Dead Wrong". Going from a half time groove and Low growling to a blast of double bass and that demonic screaming really makes for a super headbangin' moment on the album and an early favorite off the album for me as well.

The instrumentation, on this album has also taken a very nice step in the right direction. You can sense a band that for the most part has there creative comfort zones, but you also can sense a band more willing to experiment as well. From the interesting (however slightly out of place) Peter Frampton Talkbox solo on "Wont Go Quietly", to the Kirk Hammett quick wah-splosions scattered about, the album has a nice and smooth change of pace from song to song. As well, as eluded to earlier the bass is now fully in the mix and makes for a few standout bass riffs like the one seen in the post-chorus of "Some of the People, All of the Time".

The Bad:
My only real gripe with this album, and most of my issues with all of there previous works as well, is the sense of directionless clean vocals scattered about. Phils clean vocals are so schizophrenic from song to song you may have to pause a few times and ask if you are listening to a compilation album titled "Metalcore Vol. 1". Sometimes the front man is right in the pocket and his clean interludes make for a great change of pace to the metal onslaught heard throughout, and other times you are greeted by an M. Shadows esque throaty clean roar heard on "The Last Time". While versatility is a great thing to have particularly in a singer, the changes sometimes throw you out of the album as a whole, and loses continuity with the general vibe.

In the end this album is definitely a lot of fun to listen to. It has more moments then letdowns and minus a few tracks that feel a tad filler-ish, the flow is quite good. This is definitely a step in the right direction, for a band with a lot of potential in a seamlessly flooded genre. Fans of "Overcome" will love this album, and fans of all of there previous work will really dig the heavier more aggressive style this album presents.

Recommended Tracks:
"The Last Time"
"Some of the People, All of the Time"
"From the Outside"
"Dead Wrong"


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Josh C. (2.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
americanmusicmachine
December 14th 2010


3953 Comments


this album cover looks a lot like "come my fanatics..." by electric wizard. i think anyways

wyankeif1337
December 14th 2010


6739 Comments


A few punctuation/grammar errors here and there (e.g., apostrophes, commas, runons, etc.), but awesome review. I still need to check this album.

HenchmanOfSanta
December 14th 2010


1866 Comments


Your apostrophe button appears to be broken, as there is only one in your entire review. Also some capitalization and spelling issues need to be worked out.

DreamScapeVirus
December 14th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

OOPS thanks for the constructive criticism! I won't forget my 'apostrophes' next time...I can't believe I made a mistake that unforgivable. I shouldn't ask for it but I plead forgiveness...please don't hate me...anyhow thanks to all the readers!

TheFantasticDangler
December 14th 2010


1158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bout time there was a review for this

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

FilthyBorgir
December 14th 2010


1334 Comments


A review finally came up on this one, I actually planned on doing a review on this album too.

silentstar
December 14th 2010


2253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good review, and yeah, Some of the People is awesome.

Slimjim367
December 14th 2010


512 Comments


gay

asylum667
January 6th 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm listening to this album right now, and i can pretty much say, its badass so far.

asylum667
January 6th 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm listening to this album right now, and i can pretty much say, its badass so far.

FilthyBorgir
January 11th 2011


1334 Comments


What I really dislike about this album is that it grew on me like a bitch especially the title track and Hold On.

WashboardSuds
January 21st 2011


5010 Comments


good review, just fix the punctuation issues.
pos'd

i'm anal about this band; I love The Fall Of Ideals, but I dislike pretty much everything else. About to check this out to make-or-break my feelings. Seems good for fans of TFoI

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

ConsideredDead
January 28th 2011


121 Comments


I would check this out, but after the disappointment of The Fall of Ideals and the abomination of Overcome I am very hesitant to say the least.

Spice
February 9th 2011


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is so much better than Overcome. It seems they're headed in the right direction again but I really hate the layered vocals.

6Dark6Cell6
February 10th 2011


255 Comments


This band was created to make money.

henryjohnson
February 10th 2011


299 Comments


I'll add this on my to get list

DrummerDudeGuy
March 10th 2011


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

From the Outside is my favorite off the album, the chorus is so good

TheSpirit
March 28th 2011


17846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Some of the People, All of the Time is so fucking good

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

TheSpirit
March 29th 2011


17846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah so this album rules actually

JWT155
March 29th 2011


9259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yawn fest for me.

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