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Behind Silence & Solitude

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0000634IM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The reason this band sounds like Shadows Fall is because the lead singer, Phil Labonte, happens to be the former lead singer of Shadows Fall. The reason this band reminds you of Killswitch Engage is because they have the same producer,Adam Dutkiewicz. Now, as for insulting the musical content of All That Remains, you underestimate very heavily the skills of Ollie Herbert as a guitarist, who is on par, in comparison of musical knowledge and skill repertoire, with people like Buckethead and Paul Gilbert. Before you decide to vent your own frustrations with what you ineptly dub nu metal, get your facts straight. Nu metal was the crunch bands who were allowed only to be puppets of corporations, no solos, no real guitar work, just lots of chugging rhythms, dumb, violent lyrics and a saleable image. Of those bands, only Slipknot stepped out of the shadow of their record label, finally, on the Subliminal Verses, which is still very polished and mainstream. And you're right, Killswitch Engage may have existed before All That Remains, but I have a feeling Ollie Herbert has been trying to make a name for himself with his guitar skills for quite some years, and finally found a band to do it with, when All That Remains formed in 1998, with Phil Labonte still singing with Shadows Fall, as well. For reference, I suggest you listen to Ollie's Betcha' Can't Play This from Guitar World (someone help me with the month. '04), and take note of what he says about the riff's construction. He is much more musically grounded than people who go on stage knowing what it sounds like only after they play it.Read more ›
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All that initially remained for Philip LaBonte after his departure from the fledging Shadows Fall was to reroute his emotional outlook to a new, more focused brutal effort. The end result was a creature so fierce that it rises to the forefront beyond the personal, internal barriers of silence and solitude demanding the attention and respect it rightfully deserves.
The debut effort from New England's All that Remains was more than three years in the making when the demos finally found the light of day through metal's up-and-coming A&R source, Prosthetic Records. Tapping equal parts Scandinavian melodic death metal, American progressive thrash and the N.E. sceene's stomp influenced hardcore, All That Remains took the best of all worlds in heavy music to create a debut effort so powerful
that it is hard to overlook.
Take note, All That Remains are more than a spin-off from an already successful entity, nor rip-off artists of a new-metal sytle, the quintet tred on a metallic musical source all their
own, combining soaring harmonized guitar lines with over-the-top stylistic solos for a foundation of Philip's militaristic, barking vocals to create their own variation of the new school of American metal.
The eight tracks on the debut full-length are a long overdue in making their impact on the metal world, but anything less than feeling dated despite the time between their creation and release or anything more than a glorified demo version of the potential brilliance yet to come.
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This is the rerelease of the debut album by ATR. It presents them in there raw form. It doesnt necessarily sound like ATR but it is still an awesome cd to complete your collection. There are mind blowing riffs and growls that are sure to bring a smile to anyones face.
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Looking back, this doesn't really "feel" like an All That Remains album, with how much their style has evolved and grown over the years. As a relatively new (but dedicated) fan, I was initially put off by this; even when compared to "This Darkened Heart" and "The Fall of Ideals," "Behind Silence and Solitude" didn't really feel like it had the All That Remains sound that makes them stand out among the crowd.

But if you're like me, I encourage you to take a second look.

"Behind Silence and Solitude" is a great record; Phil's vocals here are more raw than they've been ever since, at no point is he ever holding back or trying to fancy it up. There are no clean vocals to be found, and that contributes to the powerful, aggressive feel that every single song on this record has.

The lyrics are as great as ever; poetic, thought provoking and a bit pissed off, but with that sense of absolution that makes All That Remains' lyrics special. The subject matter is much less political/controversial as on later records, focused more on internal pain/struggle and personal experience.

Musically, it perfectly blends brutality and complexity. In particular, I was enticed by the intro to the song "Erase," which has a sort of slow and ominous instrumental build up you wouldn't typically expect from All That Remains; it actually called Metallica to mind, and it was a pleasant surprise right in the middle of the album, at the point where things almost began to feel redundant, offering a nice change of pace.

One thing worthy of note is that the songs here are longer than on any ATR record since, and the musical interludes significant.
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