All That Remains
A War You Cannot Win


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
November 7th, 2012 | 386 replies | 22,482 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All That Remains, A War You Cannot Win can be compared to a prostate exam. They may have good intentions, but unfortunately it’s uncomfortable and you’ll feel better once it’s over.

Apart from the occasional anthem like passages hinting at quality musicianship, All That Remains have roughly missed the signs of success they received with their 2010 release For We Are Many and regressed into a boring display of Overcome part two. For All That Remains newest release there is an obvious lack of creative thought put into lyrical construction, phrasing and overall execution. A War You Cannot Win teases the aspect of teen angst, conflict, isolation and comes off to the listener as an immature pop influenced record dripping in a sense of commercial viability as if only to make a quick sale. A War You Cannot Win is far from what All That Remains is capable off and doesn’t even hint at a return to The Fall Of Ideals as many avid fans were hoping for, a better received album with a back to basics sound.

Overall, A War You Cannot Win plays too safe and was made too radio friendly. Tracks do not have the vocal contrast of that found in For We Are Many where the mid-range screams were balanced with melodic singing and deep ringing growls. The guitar riffs, and drum work are also bland in comparison, the entire of the band seem to be building off the premise that releasing an album for the sake of it is enough. What makes this release all the more painfully average is that All That Remains could have done all the more better if they tried or showed a little emotion rather than feeding off cliché lyrical content and simple riff structures. There is also a question as to why there is a track titled “Intro” halfway through the album, not only does this make no sense the track would almost be completely redundant as an album introduction.

A War You Cannot Win is in so many ways like a prostate exam; The listener may come back in a few years just to check everything is okay, however on a second/third or fourth listen it’s still going to be uncomfortable, hoping that your doctor whips out a bottle of lubrication to make the process a little easier and yet you’re still going to feel better once it’s over. The only difference is A War You Cannot Win may just be a suspect lump that needs to be removed. The record in itself isn’t overly bad by itself but when compared to the band’s so called high points listeners will be left wondering if All That Remains can bounce back and find some quality material (again).



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ecnalzen
November 6th 2012



6495 Comments


lol @ that summary

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



6993 Comments


Picked this up today, kinda regret it now, really expected more.

MeatSalad
November 6th 2012



14431 Comments


Would someone who enjoys anal stimulation also enjoy this album?

Digging: Mr. Bungle - California

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



50086 Comments


I personally look forward to my prostate exams

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

saucy
November 6th 2012



342 Comments


Can't get over the name of it.

breakingthefragile
November 6th 2012



2955 Comments


These guys are from my hometown. Never fails to bring me shame.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



50086 Comments


I stood in line next to the singer once

WashboardSuds
November 6th 2012



4992 Comments


whew, thought I was the only one who thought prostates were uncomfortable

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

ViralOblivion
November 6th 2012



7679 Comments


i never liked these guys

DarkSideOfLucca
November 6th 2012



3273 Comments


Only thing I really heard from these guys was Fall From Ideals and that was kinda relatively fun metalcore, no interest in checking this out though

MeatSalad
November 6th 2012



14431 Comments


whew, thought I was the only one who thought prostates were uncomfortable


They are, I'd rather not have it

Had to edit my comment since 3 of you dillholes decided to comment

WashboardSuds
November 6th 2012



4992 Comments


I went thru a phase back in middle school, not really a fan anymore

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



6993 Comments


Would someone who enjoys anal stimulation also enjoy this album?

Nope, it's kinda bikey style

I personally look forward to my prostate exams

Somebody's got to otherwise they wouldn't happen so much.

band is shite but its a decent review.

Um, thanks newbie.

These guys are from my hometown. Never fails to bring me shame.

It's a good thing there's other options ; ]









NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



6993 Comments


Would someone who enjoys anal stimulation also enjoy this album?

Nope, it's kinda bikey style

I personally look forward to my prostate exams

Somebody's got to otherwise they wouldn't happen so much.

band is shite but its a decent review.

Um, thanks newbie.

These guys are from my hometown. Never fails to bring me shame.

It's a good thing there's other options ; ]









ViralOblivion
November 6th 2012



7679 Comments


and lol @ the 7 5's

Eclecticist
November 6th 2012



3863 Comments


I don't think I will ever listen to this.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



6993 Comments


whoops, sorry bout the dble post guys, and Josh i was still waiting for you to check out my other review, must've gone under the radar.

Eclecticist
November 6th 2012



3863 Comments


"Josh i was still waiting for you to check out my other review, must've gone under the radar."


Just read it and pos'd. That was such a solid review bro! It's interesting that their album is named 'Vanitas', Sigh has a song from Scenes From Hell with the same name.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



6993 Comments


Less cheese though with Anaal Nathrakh

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012



20781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not gonna bother with this



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