All That Remains
The Fall of Ideals


3.0
good

Review

by David Brill USER (9 Reviews)
January 18th, 2016 | 62 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better left in fond memories, the album fails to stand on the nostalgic pedestal I built for it as a prepubescent.

The first time I'd heard of All That Remains I was in sixth grade. I was sitting in my buddy's room watching as he showed me something magical; he played the song “Six” on the hard difficulty, which was quite impressive to me because I had yet to master medium, on Guitar Hero II for Playstation 2. It was the first time I'd ever listened to anything heavier than what was played on the radio and it really resonated within me. The song was emotional, a quality I found disappointingly scarce in popular music, and yet it was aggressive with virtuosic (at least in my perception at the time) instrumentation. Ultimately it's what led me into the metal subculture and to my abandonment of radio music for what has come to be a very long time. It is for this reason that this album has a powerfully nostalgic value to me.

Time, however, plays its role and I am twenty now. Sixth grade was a long time ago and nostalgia is no longer so pervasive. I rarely listen to All That Remains (especially after Overcome), or even metalcore for that fact, anymore. But on the rare listen I am reminded of all of the songs I loved but also the ones I would grow to dislike after I received The Fall of Ideals on CD that summer. “Six” remains the best song on the album, emotion is still something I value very highly in music and I feel that song every time. The rest of the album falls unfortunately to mediocrity, mostly in the boring and recycled lyricism about breakups and pseudo tough guy peacocking and Phil Labonte's sometimes borderline atrocious chorus melodies. Songs like “It Dwells In Me” and “Become the Catalyst,” among others, show just how cringe-worthy he can make a song with his singing. Hope is not all lost though, Phil's better qualities show through in the songs “Not Alone” and “Whispers (I Hear You)” the former of which opens with an interesting syncopated melody in the guitars and the latter has one of the catchier choruses on the album.

Labonte aside, The Fall of Ideals has good instrumentation being fairly technical for the genre without being too flashy. The guitars have solos that feel purposeful and the drums, while they are fast paced, are nothing to write home about. Songwriting on the album is strong with repetition and related parts which keep every song from blending into the others, however every song sounds like it should be on a different album, like All That Remains couldn't create a cohesive sound for this one. Production is what you'd expect, everything sounds super clean which isn't necessarily a good thing for the drums which sound weak and sterile, really. Something I wish they'd pushed forward in the mix is the bass guitar, if it even exists at all seeing as it's not apparent on the album. A cool bass line could have been utilized very well in “Six” during the clean part of the guitar solo.

Listening to The Fall of Ideals after so long a hiatus is, in a word, disappointing. Better left in fond memories, the album fails to stand on the nostalgic pedestal I built for it as a prepubescent. The album is not bad overall, especially for the genre. It has good writing and instrumentation with drawbacks in production, lyricism and poor choices in vocal melodies that make it hard to say that this album will stay fond in my memories. Perhaps that's where it should stay so as not to spoil, to a certain degree, a pivotal point in my maturation.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PappyMason
January 18th 2016


5521 Comments


Really good review man, a great read.

A mate of mine lent this to me in high school. I remember it being alright.

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dvd0bvb
January 18th 2016


42 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, only my second review and it's nice to get feedback.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2016


14850 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Great review, very similar to my experience with this album, along with the current feelings for it.

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climactic
January 18th 2016


21917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

one of the few middleschoolcore albums that still holds up

ScuroFantasma
January 18th 2016


7291 Comments


Good review man, a couple awkwardly worded sentences here and there but not bad at all.

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MarsKid
January 19th 2016


896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still enjoy this album, but I always preferred This Darkened Heart over this actually. Nice review!

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rufinthefury
January 19th 2016


2330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this really does bring back memories. i still jam Six and This Calling from time to time. the drumming on This Calling is pretty sick no lie

Hawks
January 19th 2016


45548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this is amazing. Really the only thing worth listening to from them nowadays.

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Devastator
January 19th 2016


2815 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So sad listening to this and then remembering the shit they've put out in recent memory.

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dvd0bvb
January 20th 2016


42 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I literally haven't listened to anything after Overcome, that's how disappointed I was.



@MarsKid I agree, This Darkened Heart is probably better but doesn't have as much nostalgia as this.

Devastator
January 20th 2016


2815 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For we are many seemed like a step in the right direction but then the last to albums came out.

EvoHavok
January 20th 2016


5521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed...

MarsKid
January 22nd 2016


896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TDH was actually the first metal album I ever listened to, so it's more nostalgic for me than this one.

Ocean of Noise
January 22nd 2016


6894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album ruled back when it came out and still rules now.

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EvoHavok
January 22nd 2016


5521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TDH is pretty great too, Mars.

swipenet
February 24th 2016


329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah I ain't finna drop my rating doe.



*eyes rolled back*



I AM NOOOOOOT EMPTY INSIDE

LotusFlower
September 13th 2016


11710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some of the best cleans and harshes of any metalcore act



what happened to these guys?

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AsleepInTheBack
September 13th 2016


1712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no clue, this was such a great record, afterwards it went down hill pretty fast

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2016


20990 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For We Are Many rules too though

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LotusFlower
September 13th 2016


11710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

besides songs off their two newest, this is the only other thing ive heard from them. the chorus of whispers is m/ forever.



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