All That Remains
A War You Cannot Win


1.5
very poor

Review

by LordXyrnos USER (4 Reviews)
January 19th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "A War You Cannot Win" Cannot Win My Attention.

So, over a year after All That Remains released "A War You Cannot Win", I finally decided to see for myself if their latest album was as forgettable as everyone says it was.

My assessment? The people were spot on. Completely. Utterly. Forgettable. Aside from "Stand Up" (which is about the only decent song on this album), I could not remember one song on this album that I found my self nodding to, unless you count the times I nearly nodded off to sleep. Their drummer, Jason Costa, is on record stating that: "This is a very guitar, very melody-oriented album. It wasn't very rhythm-based at all. I would just say it's metal; it's a metal album." Huh?! Did he listen to this album? The lyrics are juvenile, the guitars are under-utilized, and the songwriting is beyond lazy. It is so disheartening to see Oli Hebert's guitar skills and Costa's superb drumming take a backseat to Philip Labonte's overused clean (dare I say almost pop-style) vocals and lyrics that would be comfortably at home on a Backstreet Boys song (the horrendously written "Asking Too Much" comes to mind).

But worst of all? The complete and total lack of interest. This album has no soul, no heart, nothing even remotely resembling effort. Even the songs about calling people to action seem completely checked out. And it's such an odd thing too; for a band that hooked me on "The Fall of Ideals" with its memorable yet complex melodies and kick-ass guitar solos, they sure went to great efforts to tie a millstone around their career and jump ship into the forgettable void known as mainstream rock. Not that the band seems to be noticing (or maybe they're in denial; see the quote above). I have to know: how?! How, for a band that is clearly bursting with musical talent, can they be happy about such a phoned in performance?

I tend to lend my ears to music that has honest effort backing it. And even more than musical acts like Justin Bieber (I can't get as mad about anything he makes because, while there's little to no effort involved in his music, he doesn't have much talent to begin with.), it really grinds my gears when bands produce music like this in spite of the enormous amount of talent they're packing. "A War You Cannot Win" is just lazy. Pure and simple. And such a shame too; this is one of the bands that got me into metal in the first place. It pains me to bash a band that has given me so much. But it is my firm belief that art would have no integrity if we didn't call artists out if they forgot their purpose and started churning out work for the sole purpose of earning money instead of for the love they bear their craft (and thank God that there are still artists out there who love what they do). Thankfully, at the end of the day, I will always have "The Fall of Ideals".


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Subrick (1.5)
Well at least it's short....

NightmareCinema16 (2.5)
Damage...it’s been done once again, just with less cost....

Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (2)
All That Remains, A War You Cannot Win can be compared to a prostate exam. They may have good intent...


Comments:Add a Comment 
SnakeDelilah
January 19th 2014


7209 Comments


three reviews in the span of 5 minutes

Digging: At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command

LordXyrnos
January 19th 2014


6 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Squaids: I have a lot of written reviews I'm transferring from another site.

MoosechriS
January 19th 2014


5012 Comments


lost interest in these guys after overcome, the fall of ideals and this darkened heart were both pretty cool when they came out though

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
January 19th 2014


21097 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

forgot this existed tbh

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

Green Baron
January 19th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so bland

sapient
January 19th 2014


2003 Comments


Heard Stand Up on the radio and thought it was trash, won't be checking this out that's for sure

Digging: Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2014


31173 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5


@Squaids: I have a lot of written reviews I'm transferring from another site.


Try and limit it to 1 review per day if possible

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

LordXyrnos
January 19th 2014


6 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Deviant: Will do.

skoopy48
January 19th 2014


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah this sucked, band has tanked so much even though For We Are Many was pretty good.

Digging: Let It Happen - Cause Effect

titanslayer
January 20th 2014


1739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wouldn't say his vocals are poppy but I agree your review

titanslayer
January 20th 2014


1739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I loved For We Are Many

erizen826
January 20th 2014


569 Comments


I think I listened to one track off of this back when it first came out and thought it was garbage. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

itsalltherage
January 20th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yer FWAM was pretty sick actually. This is just painfully mediocre by comparison. The sound of a band going through the motions; & barely at that to be honest.

titanslayer
January 20th 2014


1739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fall of ideals was pretty sick too

itsalltherage
January 20th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The Fall of Ideals is one of my top 10 of all time dude. Oli Herbert's guitar work on that is just unreal. Got so much time for that album.

I think I've come to the realisation that we're probably never going to see this band reach anywhere near those same heights again - which is a genuine shame more than anything else.

titanslayer
January 20th 2014


1739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can't believe they went down hill so fast...



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