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A War You Cannot Win Import

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All That Remains will release its much-anticipated new studio album, "A War You Cannot Win" via Razor & Tie. The new album will be the band's seventh studio album to date and their follow up to "For We Are Many."

"A War You Cannot Win" sees ATR reunited with longtime producer Adam D (The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage). The record is the culmination of an intense writing period for the group that began shortly after 18 months of touring in support of their last album "For We Are Many."
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  • Vinyl (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Razor & Tie Recordings
  • ASIN: B009EC9MXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Two years have passed since For We Are Many graced metalhead Ipods everywhere. Most agreed the album was a step in the right direction away from 2008's "Overcome." For We Are Many possessed DNA and residues from acclaimed - Fall Of Ideals -- with interesting twists. A War You Cannot Win showcases technical riffs, anthemic chords, and great solos. However, all the sharp tunings cant revive it from repetition. A War You Cannot Win falters on ingenuity - you've heard this album before.

I praised FWAM in 2010; you can find my review of it in my profile. A War You Cannot Win doesn't push forward nor captivates. My main focus - Adam D. I don't discredit his ability to produce technical albums. In the past, he's produced groundbreaking records. But where ATR sees it as "tradition," or "comfortable," only impedes their growth. They needed to depart from Adam and get someone with fresh eyes and ears. Consider As I Lay Dying's decision to get a new producer (Stevenson) - "Awakened" -- kicks and stomps through mud and unsheathes a scathing assault on the senses. The album hoists AILD's sound to a new level while remaining close to their routes. With Adam, ATR knows the environment and the process. Even though Adam is meticulous and calculated; it doesn't pay off this time. An outsider could look in. The best critiques come from those beyond the common norm.

Phil sounds great - undoubtedly. He has a powerful voice and a brilliant range. But more so on this record, his lyrics seem to stem from the likes of an angry teenager. Some of these songs would sound better if the lyrics were completely different (You Can't Fill My Shadow). If you speak of relationships, make it feel "desperate." The best vocalists are ones whose vocals transcend lyrics - not the case here.
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I loved The Fall of Ideals. It's probably one of my favorite albums of all time as it was one of those rare albums where every single track is good... I never skipped a thing. When Overcome released I was a little torn as it seemed they went a little softer to be more radio friendly, but there were still some very good tracks there. It just wasn't the perfect album that TFOI was.
After Overcome came For We Are Many, and even though it sounded like they were TRYING to be a little heavier it just wasn't working anymore. Nothing struck me as well thought out and not a single song was memorable. A War You Cannot Win sounds like a white flag being waved in the camp of ATR. They've given up... they're done. What a mindless waste of such talent.
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All That Remains began their career as a Metalcore band known for fusing elements of Hardcore music with Melodic Death Metal. Blazing riffs, incredible drumming, harmonics, solos, sweeps, and powerful vocals that moved the listener with every passing second. Starting off with their debut album "Behind Silence and Solitude", the band dipped their toes into the beginning of what be an excellent next set of years ahead of them. Following up their debut album, the band released my personal favorite All That Remains' album, "This Darkened Heart".

With this second release, the band began to expand upon the original sound they had created on the previous record, adding more depth and dimension to their overall sound. This album displayed the band's first venture into the addition of clean vocals, and the mix was done perfectly, blending greatly with the sound the band had created. The addition of clean vocals showed that the band could make hard and heavy music, yet retain melody and hooks at the same time without compromising aggression. The band followed up "This Darkened Heart" with their most critically acclaimed album, "The Fall Of Ideals". Once again, the band continued to mesh aggression with melody, creating a perfect blend that set All That Remains apart from their peers who either relied solely on harsh vocals (example: Parkway Drive) or relied more on clean vocals (example: Bullet For My Valentine). Instead, All That Remains had a unique style that drew listeners in for the perfect mixture of the two sounds.

Fast forward a few years and the band had begun to dip into the wrong end of the sound spectrum, leaning and catering more towards a softer overall sound and style.
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After listening to this album I feel like ATR is trying to please too many people. I really really wanted this album to be great, after Stand up came out I was very unimpressed It seemed to be lacking any true mark of ATR.

I did enjoy the Vocals to an extent, most of it unfortunately seemed like they were going threw the motions, or watering down the content for a wider audience. I found myself zoning out many times threw out the songs at points they all seemed like the same song to me. I wish that they would not have overlapped the singing and Phils voice in several of the songs, what a travesty.

I felt like the album was more of an extension of Overcome to try and reach a wider audience, there are still parts that give me goose bumps, but they are few and far between.

The instruments felt somehow weak and just not up to snuff for an ATR album. There are a few songs with excellent instruments in them, overall though I did not feel the passion that was in it in the first couple of albums.

Overall it felt watered down and very disappointing for me.
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