Still Remains
Ceasing to Breathe


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
December 20th, 2013 | 89 replies


Release Date: 12/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s life in these Still Remains.

For a while now fans have been anticipating a fresh spray from these metalcore mashing, high octane Michigan boys. After disbanding in 2008, there was a high chance that the Still Remains moniker was set to fade out, but a show in 2011 and a Kickstarter program gives life to their 2013 record, Ceasing To Breathe. Bringing back the nostalgic feels found on Of Love And Lunacy, Ceasing To Breathe is a fresh effort likely to pull at the heartstrings of old fans and new faces alike. As far as the genre’s concerned, there’s not a lot out of place here. In fact, everything sits within the stereotypes of the metalcore genre. Ceasing To Breathe shows a band that simply does it better, with very little separating this release from the tide of acts all fighting for a spot on top of the pile. Still Remains provide a consistent, more rounded album that reminisces of the impact to be found on their earlier records, without conforming to copious amounts of tedious lyrical clichés or electronica (yes it’s there, but it doesn’t become at all overbearing).

Still Remains have found another notch, a second gear. It could come down to the fact that the break from each other and the band has allowed them to come back stronger and more cohesive, or it could simply be that the guys have improved on what once was. Whatever the scenario, the effect is gratifying, impressive and removes the chances of this ‘reunion’ album being a simple grab for cash. Throughout the record, listeners are blessed with an emotive experience. The riffs control the movement for the rest of the instrumental passages, not in a way where everything simply ‘hugs’ the main rhythmic lines of tracks but in a way where bass lines grow, lyrics are balanced and simple drum patterns expand into more than a metronome. Keep in mind, the quasi-breakdowns are unavoidable, but they’re tasteful and in all the right spots. Still Remains are musically aware, not just in technical ability, but in the fact that they see no need to wank through tracks.

Highlights emerge throughout the record, from start to finish there’s something here to appease old and new fans of the group. Album opener, “Bare Your Teeth” brings back the angry hook line, showing that the album is suitable to a live setting. It’s always a good thing when a crowd can swing back chorus lines, ensuring the listeners’ interest never wanes throughout the track. Typical metalcore blast beats; formulaic structuring and intense growls all make an appearance and sets the bar for the rest of the album. If the album has any faults it’s in its predictability. It’s not really the fault of this U.S. act as the problem surfaces throughout the genre, but as Ceasing To Breathe runs its natural course, things start to feel samey, broken only by the band’s attention to detail.

It’s amazing when bands resurface from the ashes and manage to create something that’s not only great, but creatively engaging. Still Remains’ 2013 effort has a strong replay value, that’s made not just for the listeners’ iPod, but also for a live setting. Ceasing To Breathe speaks of higher values, not just instrumentally or in the album’s design but also through lyrical content. With such a success on the boy’s belts it’s a wonder whether they’ll keep making music, if any future works are to have the same quality impact as this, we can only hope they will continue to adhere to the fans wishes. For all those who see metalcore as a dead or dying sub-genre, Still Remains shows hope in the form of bringing back some of their older sounds. Ceasing To Breathe shows an act rising from the ashes.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a pleasant surprise, used to jamm these guys non-stop 05-06. : ]

Dummit
December 20th 2013


360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is awesome.

I kinda wanted a more Serpent-y feel to some extent on here, like 1 song or SOMETHING, but I'm really happy with what they did on this anyway.

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

Puckoff
December 20th 2013


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. A really pleasant suprise. Hits pretty hard too.

CaptainDooRight
December 20th 2013


30334 Comments


Is there even a bass guitar on this? All I hear is guitar and drums. There's like no atmosphere.

Tyrael
December 20th 2013


20971 Comments


will check

fromtheinside
December 20th 2013


19156 Comments


wow

Digging: Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb

Spec
December 20th 2013


27298 Comments


Heard good things about this. Looks like I'll actually have to check it out.

Apollo
December 20th 2013


10373 Comments


Hmm Close To The Grave is actually pretty good.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2013


7321 Comments


Dat summary

DotNine
December 20th 2013


137 Comments


Jesus Christ this band is still around?

thelastsignal
December 20th 2013


1596 Comments


Awesome review, buddy. I used to love these guys, and am excited to check this. If anything, it will be incredibly nostalgic to hear Still Remains again. I can't wait to get back into reviewing more regularly.

Digging: The Grouch x Eligh x CunninLynguists - The Winterfire EP

thelastsignal
December 20th 2013


1596 Comments


Also, I fucking love that summary haha.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


22047 Comments


Dat summary [2]

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


22047 Comments


should've been "There's breath in these Still Remains"

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


20158 Comments


good review, i still haven't had the chance to hear these guys

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2013


44805 Comments


holy fuck

Rev
December 20th 2013


9441 Comments


is there anything on here as good as The Worst is Yet to Come?


that shit was my jam back in the day

Durrzo
December 20th 2013


1137 Comments


Good review, okay album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dat summary


Not sure if the remark is positive or not.

should've been "There's breath in these Still Remains"


Would of came over the top, not really needing to expand on the already terrible word play.

All I hear is guitar and drums.



edit: Didn't see the feature, thank you to whoever put that in! : ]
That's all you're supposed to hear : ]

Azn.
December 20th 2013


5618 Comments


life STILL REMAINS in this band



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