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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
ALL THAT REMAINS - The Fall of Ideals

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Herbet, Martin, and Lebonte are back with 2 new members (J Sagen - Bass // S Lucas - Drums) and their finest offering yet with `The Fall of Ideals'.

From start to finish this is an 11-song masterpiece, filled with powerful riffs, melodic choruses and blistering breakdowns... And though this album is truthfully nothing new in terms of Metal-core, it is leaps and bounds above the competition. Generally speaking the Killswitch-Style of heavy verses and overly melodic, sing-a-long chorus don't do it for me... Truth is, I just can't stop listening to this (And even singing along!) Phil Lebonte is one of metal's finest and easily most diverse vocalists, showcasing high pitched shrieks, low growls, hard-core screams, and a fantastic singing range. Herbert and Martin, as always, rock the guitars with fantastic song writing and face melting solos. New addition female bassist, Jeanne Sagen holds her own providing a nice backdrop for the insane guitar work of her counterparts. Other new comer Shannon Lucas is an absolute savage behind the kit... giving the All that Remains camp the well need heavy boost which 'This Darkened Heart' had lacked on drums.

Honestly, I could rant and rave about this album but I will spare your time...

All you need to know is THIS is the premier New-Wave-Of-American-Metal album... hands down!

Prior to this CD I would have ranked, `This Darkened Heart' or Unearth's `The Oncoming Storm' as the premier Metal-Core Album.... But this, my friends, takes the cake!

Favorite Songs: Whispers (I Hear You), The Weak Willed, Indictment, and Empty Inside

-4.75 Stars.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2007
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This album is stunning, all the way around. Musically, you can't find a better quote, "Metalcore" band than All That Remains: the incredibly solid guitar team of Oli Herbert (whose guitar tone and style is very reminiscent of Soilwork's Peter Wichers) and Mike Martin, with their gallop-picking riffs 'a plenty, the monstrous, vomit-inducing/sickening drum work of Shannon Lucas... And then you have, undoubtedly one of the greatest metal vocalists around representing his multi-varied range, from death metal cookie monster growls, rabid screams, and over-the-top melodic singing, Mr. Brutality himself, Phil Labonte! What is amazing about this album is how catchy it is for being heavily-laden with death metal and even black metal influences abound. There are also some obvious Soilwork-like groove metal with guitar harmonies galore. This band really knows what they are doing. Perhaps it's the polished production that makes it sound so solid and good, however, I have seen videos of this band live on YouTube, and they know how to bring it. Needless to say, this is no run-of-the-mill cliche "Metalcore" band. This is a band that has re-written the book and approach of the whole Metalcore genre, and defies being pigeon-holed into Metal Sub-genre. All That Remains owns!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, If you aren't already a fan All That Remains, now is the time to get with the program. This CD has it all; agression, excellent song writing, top tier production and most of all....actual due dillegence by the band in creating a CD worth purchasing.

Unlike a lot of stuff out there nowadays where you can tell a band either didn't take the time to create a quality product (taking into account all the elements I mention above) or just plain tried to hard, All That Remains really came through on this one.

For some time, this CD is going to be "all that remains" in my CD player.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2006
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All That Remains' second release, 2004's "This Darkened Heart," should have been their breakthrough. But it wasn't. So, perhaps in an attempt to cross over into the mainstream finally, the band added a substantial amount of more melody to their follow up, "The Fall Of Ideals." But, even though it's up for debate whether All That Remains wanted to expand their fanbase or just expand their sound (and not make a "This Darkened Heart" rehash), there's almost no denying that "The Fall Of Ideals" is a changed sound.

There are positive and negative aspects of this newfound melody. On the plus side, there are quite a few more catchy, memorable, and infectious choruses. But, since about every song has a cleanly sung refrain, ATR now sound quite a bit less identifiable and more like an Atreyu, Caliban, or Killswitch Engage clone (it's only a coincidence that KsE guitarist Adam D. produced this disc, though.) But there are ample aggressive guitar riffs and raging yells on here to prevent All That Remains from completely redefining their sound. And, to their credit, this band is capable of adding melody to their metal without having to haul out the acoustic guitars for a cliche interlude or album closer.

"This Calling" is a good example of these songs' structure: a heavy intro with long, almost emo-like screams leading into the verses (consisting of rapid, punching riffs, hard-hitting drums and throaty yells), segueing into a soft, gentle chorus with limpid singing, and concluding with a mini guitar solo. This is a good song which comes together well, and the pleasant-sounding chorus serves as a nice break from the throaty yells. But after listening to this formula again for another five--or so--tracks, the listener longs for something to break up the repetition, because the songs have become kind of predictable. But, fortunately, there are a few songs which are completely heavy: the fast, pounding "We Stand," the scorchers "Six" and "Become The Catalyst" (which have fiery, chug and churn, dual guitar leads and almost thunderous rhythms), and the quick, bruising tenth track, "Empty Inside," are all full-on metal assaults without any vocal pleasantries. And there's a lot of heavy stuff to go around, here, so no song ever has too much melody. Plus, the whole album is less than forty minutes long, so it doesn't overstay its welcome and/or become repetitious to the point of being intolerable.

So you could call this disc somewhat formulaic, but if you take every song individually, the formula works very well, so why tamper with it? All in all, "The Fall Of Ideals" does stick out in this band's discography, but it isn't very identifiable in this genre. But even though it won't go down in history as a modern metal landmark which knocks down any walls, and it won't be heralded as the album which put All That Remains in the same league as, say, Shadows Fall, any metalcore fan (or ATR fan) would tell you it still makes for a good, mostly satisfying listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Let's start off with something about me that will be vital to understanding my review, I listen to metal, ALL kinds of metal. I am a lot like the dude from Kung Fu who just walks the earth. I do the same with metal, I spend time just finding unique metal and unique bands but also enjoy the good ol' drag your brains through broken glass brutal metal. I listen to Opeth, Korpiklaanni, Pantera, Metallica, Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Diabolical Masquerade, Novembers Doom you name it

I have AT LEAST heard of it. But on to the cd. It has melody and screaming just like the last album and just like Killswitch Engage or Shadows Fall or any other Massachusetts metal band, grinding brutal guitars, soaring solos, and FAST double bass. SO what sets it apart from all of the others? VARIETY. It isn't even neccesarily variety or different songs, I mean there's no slow songs or anything, but variety in the instrumentation of ALL members of the band(including the vocalist) All of the members of the band prove on this album that they are capable of death, thrash, metalcore, black, hardcore, and really just about any kind of metal. They even throw the odd acoustic in there. Which isnt really strange for this kind of band but considering there is definate death and black metal influences on some of the songs.The vocalist Phil Labonte impressed me the most on this album though, the last album was great and he did an impressive job on it, but he did what needed to be done on this album, more clean singing (I can hear groans as people read this already) dont worry they haven't gone soft or anything, but the fact remains that ol' Phil has one of the best singing voices since Jesse David Leach of Killswitch Engage. But if you think they've gone soft listen to the Cannibal Corpse inspired "The Weak Willed" or the black metal influenced "Six" (remember INFLUENCED). They pull all of this off while still having a ton of melody. The drummer really picked it up on this album too. This Darkened Heart led me to believe this band was only capable of standard hardcore drumming but man he goes nuts on this one. He does quite a few blast beats even which really took me by surprise. And the guitarists as always in this band are the most top of the line in riffing and in solos, especially in solos. Whatever this case if you enjoy any kind of metal you will enjoy this album or at least find moments that are over the top. If you dont like your music heavy, well this is not for you. As far as my opinion goes: FREAKING MASTERPIECE!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you want to like Shadows Fall, but are exasperated with weak vocals; if you bought Killswitch's album but never listen to it because it's not complex enough; if you love Trivium but need more out of the throat vocals; if you love the twin guitar work of Maiden and the technical thrash of (early) Metallica, -THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU.

Especially if you heard and loved 'This Darkened Heart' - you should have this CD already. It really is fantastic, engaging, and very impressive. These guys not only have melody, they have talent. The dualling riffs and trading solos are worth the money alone. And yes, Phil does an excellent job on vocals. In fact, the entire band makes this album a better one than the last, and, consequently, a better album than all of the other metal-core out there. Trust me, this genre's success will not last, but these guys are more than metal-core, they are METAL; so when the hype that surrounds Killswitch and Co. fades away, this band will truly be All That Remains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2008
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This is great stuff! I haven't bought any 'new' music in so long, it was great to know that the children of all my old faves (Sabbath, Maiden, Metallica, etc)have been putting out some real quality tunes for today's new 'heavy' generation.
The songs on this are fierce, but melodic-- the riffing is tight, and the verses are brutal. The production is absolutely stellar. (I wonder if they can pull that off live.)
I'm sure you young thrashers out there already know how great these guys are, but I'll definitely say this was a welcome surprise knowing that the heavy era didn't end when my favorite metal dinosaurs started putting out all that tired old garbage. Great CD!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
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All That Remains is really surprising me the more I listen to them. Not only is the technical skill mad, but the melodies, hooks and brutal breakdowns are just flat amazing. Another thing that really surprises me is the lyrics, which are poignant and beautiful... Not like most metal out there. This is my second purchase from the band ("Overcome" was the first) and I definitely see myself filling in the rest of the collection.

Highly recommended for fans of:
The Devil Wears Prada
Becoming the Archetype
Underoath
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't much to say, but I love this album. I'm not a big fan of melodic singing in metal, but All That Remains definitely hit the mark with this album. Please, oh Goodness Gracious, PLEASE, come back to this (or This Darkened Heart's) sound in your future albums! the Overcome one had too much melodic vocals, and I wasn't as impressed (sorry guys, I'm super drunk right now). Either way, I definitely love this album! PEACE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2007
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all that remains brings metalcore back from the brink of collapse.
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