Behind Silence & Solitude
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE All That Remains. I think they're an excellent metal band. Sure this album isn't as powerful as their follow up albums, but come on. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jonathan
As a long time "All That Remains" fan, I always enjoy revisiting this classic release. I've enjoyed the band's music, over the years, in just about every incarnation (from... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Media Lover
This album doesn't sound like the ATR of today. This is a straight up death metal album -and a great one at that. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by R. Perez
If you like really hard music with an amazing drummer, this the band for you. This is probly the worst album these guys made and its a good album, thats tells you what I think of... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Serj Tankian
Frontman Phil Lebonte, after getting fired from Shadows Fall, started his own band, which seemed to pick up where he left off in his other band (at least at first). Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by A. Stutheit
It's a decent album. Definitely not one I listen to frequently. I absolutely love All That Remains though and I would suggest buying every one of their other albums.Published on September 20, 2011 by AnomalousEllipse
A solid debut from All That Remains highly recommended to fans of Melodic Death Metal/Metalcore.Published on February 6, 2009 by Timothy C. Billings
All that remains is one of the best Metal bands of America because Its sound dosents seem to be trying to show-of, and has a European StylePublished on May 9, 2007 by Jesus Vargas