Rise To Remain
City of Vultures


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
September 12th, 2011 | 66 replies | 12,165 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rise To Remain release a full length debut that is sure to create a steady fan base and raise the band amongst the already crowded metalcore genre.

After promoting their Bridges Will Burn EP through Metal Hammer (magazine), Rise To Remain were sure to receive some attention. Aided by the fact that they have supported many other acts (including the likes of Sylosis, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine and Iron Maiden), their debut release will be sure to receive some steady plays. For the most part City Of Vultures is in the same vein as their EP, however there are some changes that displays their influences over the last couple of years.

City Of Vultures brings along two tracks from their Bridges Will Burn EP including ‘Nothing Left’ and ‘Bridges Will Burn’ (which have been re-recorded and modified) and add a solid track list that bolsters their debut release. After a short symphonic introduction that features other sound media (helicopter) the album leads into ‘The Serpent’ where a mass of screaming crash into the ears of the listener. This song as well as others uses large amount of hooks that lift the catchiness of the song. This also helps maintain a sing-a-long value for tracks. Comparing the full length to the Bridges Will Burn EP differences emerge. The full length is slightly less heavy than the previous workings of Rise To Remain and there is more of a focus on melody and clean vocals. The chugged riffs have been somewhat replaced by harmonised guitar melodies showing what could be considered the “Bullet For My Valentine influence” moving towards a more accessible and polished sound. The track ‘Nothing Left’ which features on both CD’s is the most noticeable example of this. City Of Vultures presents ‘Nothing Left’ with entirely clean singing. It’s good to see that some metalcore bands can write a quality song without screaming, the only problem listeners may find with Austin’s vocals however is the slightly whiny tone that creeps into his highs.

The song writing on City Of Vultures follows the same basic formulas of the metalcore genre, (i.e. the screamed verses with the clean sung chorus, through in some guitar wankery and a soft bridge) and incorporate much of the same ideas over again. The guitar solos add some enjoyment for the listener and promote the band’s talent but in some cases the solos feel as though they are just there for the sake of wankery. Title track ‘City Of Vultures’ is noticeably the heaviest song on the record and displays much of the band member’s individual talents. All instruments are well done, and the vocals are well executed. The track displays many changes from triplets to blast beats and even includes a soft melodic finish to add creative contrast to the track.

Overall City Of Vultures is a solid debut release. Production is clean, crisp and well done all round. Overseen by veteran producer Colin Richardson (Bullet For My Valentine, DevilDriver, Chimaira, As I Lay Dying etc. ) listeners are almost guaranteed a top production effort and the high quality production aids Austin’s cleans and almost removes that whiny note that seeps into them . Given the amount of attention the band has had over the last year Rise To Remain are sure to receive support from many facets of the metal genre. City Of Vultures has a high replay value and some intelligent hooks that will be sure to maintain its fans and see the band hit the metalcore heights alongside the bands they support.

Recommended Tracks:
• Nothing Left
• City Of Vultures
• Power Through Fear



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



6734 Comments


Another face in the metalcore genre. I actually prefer the sound of their EP compared to City Of Vultures

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



7237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I may do another (slightly more negative) one for this if I can find the time.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011



6734 Comments


Cheers Ali, This was bouncing between 3 and 3.5/5 for me and since i have always had a soft spot for this kind of music i rounded up. Feel free to point out anything.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 12th 2011



7106 Comments


I don't think it's possible for u too write a shitty review. You just get better pos'd.

Acanthus
September 13th 2011



9510 Comments


Haven't heard new metal-core artists in ages is seems, good review sir.

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


Lol, AfterBreak how the fuck did you rack up more comments than me?
Thanks for the kind words man, i do appreciate it.

Cheers Acanthus, i'll always apreciate your feedback/input.

Acanthus
September 13th 2011



9510 Comments


I decided to start reading more reviews, maybe find out what the one I'm working on is missing and such; you're looked better than reading about Heritage for the umpteenth time.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 13th 2011



7106 Comments


@ipod idk good question man haha

Carnifex
September 13th 2011



1918 Comments


Good review, pos'd.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


Thanks Carnifex, you might like this more than everything else i review. And they have less BFMV influence than what the review suggests.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2011



7011 Comments


It's been a long time since I read a review of yours Ipod (for which I apologize), but for what it's worth you've definitely improved a lot since then. Your prose is much more composed, and the intermittent grammar/conjugation mistakes are long gone. Those alone would have merited a pos, but the writing here was itself quite good - so it is for that reason that I'm saying "Yes". =)

Digging: Pixies - Indie Cindy

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


It has been a while since i have seen you on any of my reviews Irving (Hopefully you will be more inclined to visit my workings more). However it is pleasant to be having such communications with you again. I will admit though that when i saw last post: Irving i was expecting a slab of corrections and critiques lol. 57 reviews in, it's about time i start doing things right.

Carnifex
September 13th 2011



1918 Comments


I might give it a go, metalcore really hasn't been what I've been listening to as of late though. Been listening to a lot of Devin Townsend & Tool lately.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


Been listening to a lot of Devin Townsend & Tool lately.

Never actually given DT a go, where do you reckon i should start?




Carnifex
September 13th 2011



1918 Comments


Are you looking for a more straight-forward metal sound or a more mellow alternative sound?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


We'll go metal, than branch out from there shall we?

Carnifex
September 13th 2011



1918 Comments


Give City by Strapping Young Lad a listen.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


Cheers man, will do

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2011



7011 Comments


Haha, I'm sorry Ipod - just haven't had that much time to spend on this site these days. I myself hope to be back on your threads soon =)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2011



6734 Comments


Lol I look forward to it man,



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