Still Remains
The Serpent


2.0
poor

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
August 12th, 2007 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Upon the sophomore release of what was a decent metalcore band, the word 'generic' was tossed around a bit too early.

Of Love and Lunacy laid the bricks on the path of success for Michigan outfit Still Remains. A strong metalcore record earned the group of 6 musicians a legion of fans as songs like White Walls and The Worst is Yet to Come proved widely popular amongst listeners. Now, 2 years since the release of the aforementioned record, The Serpent hits stores and once again loyal fans are in for a huge surprise.

What brought Of Love and Lunacy together were the, while not always original, catchy riffs, well crafted melody and raw metalcore elements that are being seen more and more often in the now heavily expanding genre. Two years ago, fans embraced the uniqueness of the Still Remains sound in it's own way. What's happened now? It seems that the band have completely removed all affiliation with the type of music that made them what they are today. The Serpent brings what was once a decent metalcore band into the new generation of incredibly generic sounding metal. The type of music that, despite the fact you've never listened to it in your life, you'll be overcome with the strange feeling of deja vu after the third track.

I'll be honest with you, I've listened to this album many times over, determined to sort something out. Exactly what are they going for in this record? Are they trying to step out of the metalcore scene? Are they looking to make themselves sound unique? Why have they ignored everything that anyone ever liked about them? Let's take a look at the title track. The song is something I can only label as a bad attempt at being progressive. Synthesizers, redundant drumming, and basically, boring intrumentals make the title track nothing more then an excuse to wear out the 'next song' button on your iPod. This leads me back to the rhetorical questions, folks...what does this add to the album? Other then putting the listener to sleep (and saving them from the despair of actually listening to the rest of the album), it's a useless track.

Some might say this is Still Remains maturing in their music. I say that this is Still Remains proving the fact that the little originality they had was drained in Of Love and Lunacy (an album which can be considered 'yet another similiar sounding metalcore CD', which is saying a lot about their originality). They turn out to be nothing more then a rock band playing one too many breakdowns to be considered 'Depeche Mode' wannabes.

As much as the new sound dominates the album, there is hope of a metalcore return for the band. Tracks such as Anemia in Your Sheets, Maria and Dropped From the Cherry Tree give hope for fans, while stand out completely from the sound of the other tracks on the album. Anemia In Your Sheets lays down a solid metal tune while Maria can be considered the softest song on the album, an emotional progressive metal song. Neither of the songs are excellent in my books but they do their part in making the record bearable for the poor souls who insist on listening to it. Dropped From the Cherry Tree is the only track on the album I bothered to keep. It's the only song that can be directly related to the roots of the band and undoubtedly stands tall as the heaviest (and not even that heavy, to be honest) song on the album.

This album has what most fans of bands have nightmares about. It's incredibly generic; the band has completely changed, and the qualities that most die-hard fans saw in the band have been eliminated, leaving way for boring, bland, and repetetive music. Still Remains once held a place high in the regards of metal and hardcore fans alike. With the release of The Serpent, everything they worked hard to achieve has been destroyed and the band starts anew as one of the many bands that will forever dwindle in quality as record after record is released, each proving more and more dissapointing as their predecessor.

Or they could totally surprise us and make their next album worth the bloody listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kiran
Emeritus
August 12th 2007


6110 Comments


My first review, btw.

kalkal50
August 12th 2007


2386 Comments


Wow excellent first review man, you blow mine out of the water.

/puts up fanboy shield

keep em coming bro This Message Edited On 08.12.07

jrowa001
August 12th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

good review, my thoughts exactly on this album. i loved their last album. white walls and the worst is yet to come were great tracks. this is just so bland and boring. one of my disappointing albums of the year

spoon_of_grimbo
August 12th 2007


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a very well written review, but i'd have to disagree with your opinion entirely, i think the new more melodic direction they've gone in is excellent. i always found the more melodic parts of OLAL to be the most dynamic, and the fact they've made more use of the synths this time increases their originality (i can't think of many bands which use synths in the same way as these, at least not as effectively).



to be fair, if you're a massive metalcore fan, i can see why you'd hate this, but i've always been a fan of metalcore bands who put more emphasis on the melody, and the METAL, as opposed to the 'CORE, so that would probably explain my opinion.



still, like i said, great review, i'll vote!

Pebster49
August 13th 2007


3023 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Its got good points in this album, but it also at time can get generic and boring. Awesome Review even though I don't entirely agree.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 13th 2007


6110 Comments


When writing this, I didn't expect everyone to agree with me, so thank you for giving your opinion. I'm going to stand by what I've said because I feel as if the band has gone in a wrong direction coming from their first album, but each to their own, no?

Thank you for the comments.

kalkal50
August 13th 2007


2386 Comments


I'm not really a fan of metalcore either, and the fact that they went from core to just metal wouldn't have bothered me if it wasn't so darned obvious they were doing it because of wanting to appeal to a bigger consumer base.

kalkal50
August 13th 2007


2386 Comments


Might I add, with the crap on this album, I'll be surprised if anyone buys it at all.This Message Edited On 08.13.07

Kiran
Emeritus
August 13th 2007


6110 Comments


Greedy consumer based mainstream bastards.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 13th 2007


6110 Comments


hmph

mathias1987234
August 13th 2007


1 Comments


I like to look at it as a maturing process for the band, rather then a bad album.
Well written though.

SylentEcho
August 13th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

excellent review!



I dont like this band anymore. I used to love them.

jrowa001
August 13th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

i think its funny when a band tries to hide that they are trying to be more "mainstream" by saying that they are "maturing" as songwriters. scene kids must be pretty dumb to think thats true.



and Anemia is the only song ive been able to listen completely to the end, and i was still bored. feels like im listening to It Dies Todays's SirensThis Message Edited On 08.13.07

SantiagoPTW
August 13th 2007


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album bored me to death!!!, the only part i liked was the heavy beggining of avalanche and anemia in your sheets but the rest sucks. Probably the biggest disappointment of the year to me.

SylentEcho
August 13th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

"The Wax Walls of an Empty Room" is the only decent one here. Anemia is OK. The lyrics are just dreadful.

lunchforthesky
August 13th 2007


1039 Comments


Excellent review. The single for this is pretty bad, no idea where the scremaing or even the metal went. So i'll steer clear.

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2007


50371 Comments


This cd is a huge dissapointment. Of love and lunacy still has a place in my cd case though.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 14th 2007


6110 Comments


The lyrics are just dreadful.


Agreed.

Probably the biggest disappointment of the year


It's really that bad.

i'll steer clear.


Very good choice.



kalkal50
August 14th 2007


2386 Comments


This a really big disappointment, yeah. Nothing beats Deathchains new album though.This Message Edited On 08.14.07

Confessed2005
August 15th 2007


5168 Comments


Still Remains were never remarkable bit it is a real shame they decided to become real crappy.

I don't think I'll ever be checking this out.



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