All That Remains
The Order of Things


1.0
awful

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (72 Reviews)
February 25th, 2015 | 335 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I wish I was free of this

It hasn’t been the best of times for All That Remains. After the massive success of The Fall of Ideals, the band decided to go for a less aggressive, more radio rock-oriented style of metalcore. Overcome and For We Are Many were met with lukewarm reception, but they weren’t offensively bad by any means. Hell, there were some pretty catchy tracks off of both albums. But then, things went downhill with 2012’s A War You Cannot Win. The album as a whole dragged on for far too long, and many of the songs ended up sounding monotonous and uninteresting due to the lack of creativity. So, you’d think after a significant amount of backlash from their fans that All That Remains might try to steer themselves back on course, right" Well, after listening to The Order of Things, I can definitively say one thing: it’s actually not as bad as I expected.

It’s worse.

You see, going for a poppier, more simplistic sound isn’t the problem. It’s far from it, really. The main reason why The Order of Things is such a catastrophic failure is because the songwriting is abysmal. The album actually doesn’t start off that badly, with a decent piano intro on the ironically-titled opener “This Probably Won’t End Well”. However, from the second the guitars and vocals come in, everything falls apart. There’s almost no variation on the instrumental side of things, with individual songs becoming almost impossible to decipher in the ocean of generic guitar chugging, power chords, repetitive drum patterns, and the occasional guitar solo that sounds like a half-assed version of something that should’ve been on A War You Cannot Win. It’s made even worse by Phil Labonte’s cringeworthy vocal performance. Whether it’s the overproduced, nasal, obnoxious clean singing or the ear-grating, downright pathetic harsh vocals on “No Knock”, it’s hard to believe this is the same man who sang and screamed pretty damn well on This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals. The lyrics are laughably bad, with lines such as ”I'm fucking superman, so come on over and check my plan” and ” Stop with the fighting/I know it's the right thing/I won't let you do this/We have to get through this”.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, the album is almost ten minutes longer than its predecessor, making it even more tedious to listen through the damn thing. And herein lies another major issue with The Order of Things: it’s boring. There is not a single song here worth remembering or even remotely devoting your attention to, because they all sound almost exactly the same. Sure, maybe they’ll try throwing in a ballad every once in a blue moon to make it seem like they’re actually adding in some sort of variety, but even that gets old after a while. In spite of all that, though, the final nail in the coffin for The Order of Things is the fact that even the band don’t seem to understand exactly where they’re trying to go with the music. The harsher moments with run-of-the-mill metalcore riffs and breakdowns seem to imply that they’re trying to go for a sound more reminiscent of The Fall of Ideals, but then there’s the ridiculously oversaturated clean vocals that come in and give the opposite impression, and vice versa. This makes the experience not only astoundingly uneventful, but awkward and inconsistent as well.

All-in-all, The Order of Things is dull, lazy, uninspired, uninteresting, bloated, nonsensical, stupid, and a chore to listen to. Even the most diehard All That Remains fans will be left in utter bewilderment at the colossal failure that the band has created. Instead of taking a chance to try something new and at least slightly impress those who were disappointed by A War You Cannot Win like Killswitch Engage, they decided to beat a dead horse straight through the ground. If there’s one positive about the album though, it’s the fact that it can make literally any other album sound much better than it actually is.



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ExplosiveOranges
February 25th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Yeah...... Anyways, first review as contributor! Thanks to Johnny and Mark for helping me polish this up a little bit. As always, c/c welcome.

Tunaboy45
February 25th 2015


16587 Comments


Great review Oranges, pos...
fuck

Crysis
Emeritus
February 25th 2015


17363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

still can't believe this as bad as it actually is

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2015


11619 Comments


Great review EO, and interesting choice for first contrib review too. I'd pos if I could.

"backlash from their fans, that All That Remains" - I don't think that comma is necessary though. And that's the extent of my criticism haha, nice work man.

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ExplosiveOranges
February 25th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

@Tunaboy Lol thanks.



@Crysis Yeah, I wasn't expecting this to be much better than AWYCW, but good god...



@Scuro Good catch. Will fix.

Crysis
Emeritus
February 25th 2015


17363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i mean "Tru-Kvlt-Metal" what in the fuck were they thinking

Silvius
February 25th 2015


147 Comments


I bet there is some subtle, interesting trickery to be found here that only reveals itself after a multitude of spins

ExplosiveOranges
February 25th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I could barely make it through the first time around, so good luck with finding that.

emester
February 25th 2015


8249 Comments


Heard one track off this.

Shits so bad

ExplosiveOranges
February 25th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Tru-Kvlt-Metal indeed.

StKiyo
February 25th 2015


384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Actually, I like Overcome. But yeah, album is shit.

ComeToDaddy
February 25th 2015


1774 Comments


I had to go check out Tru-Kvlt-Metal after seeing it was an actual song title on this.

"did you forget all the things that made you stand out" oh god the irony, it hurts.

Spec
February 25th 2015


35540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This band was never that good to begin with. Phil was never that good of a vocalist.

Mesm277
February 25th 2015


617 Comments


They definitely set themselves up for failure with the title of the first track

Durrzo
February 25th 2015


1619 Comments


Good review. Negative reviews are always fun, to read and to write. Didn't listen to the album, knew it would be a steaming pile of shit. Band has fallen unbelievably far.

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XfingTheSullen
February 25th 2015


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well you've quite convincingly persuaded me not to listen to this, why thank you

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2015


17860 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These track names are pretty bewildering, let alone the actual music and lyrics. Great and very entertaining first review as a contrib Oranges, mind pos.

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Wizard
February 25th 2015


20202 Comments


Really enjoyed the review.

I remember when they dropped This Darkened Heart and they felt so late to the metalcore game. Everything else I've heard from them was just a pale rip-off of bands doing their brand of metal much, much better (even The Fall of Ideals felt so behind everything else at the time). And that is my experience with this band. Won't bother with this.

cryptside
February 25th 2015


2397 Comments


Looks great, friend. Would pos hard here.

ExplosiveOranges
February 25th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks fellas. Yeah, TFOI really isn't too unique in retrospect, but it was a gateway album for me, and thus holds a (somewhat) special place in my heart.



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