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  • All that remains is one of the best in metal/hardcore scene today. They may not be as big as some other bands but they definitly have the talent and drive to back it up. Ive seen them live about 4 times now and they sound just as good live as they do on their albums. This album is brutally mind blowing from start to finish. If you liked “This Darkened Heart” Then your going to want to pick this one up beacuse its just as great.

    Favorite Tracks 1 & 3

    Posted on March 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • An absolutely amazing CD. This defies the laws of much of today’s music. The guitar work on this CD leaves you on your knees, mouth dripping saliva, begging God to send down more All That Remains tracks! The Singer really brings this CD to the brink of godly, his vocals and lyrics depict the kind of things you wouldn’t expect from a dark metal style sounding band, and it gives it more of an edge to a Hardcore style with dark metal influences. All this does is BROADEN the fan base, where both Cradle of Filth listeners and Vision of Disorder listeners become infatuated with this CD. I think this is one of the best CD’s I own and everywhere I go I tell my friends and people I know to buy it, because its just a simply amazing debut. If I don’t see these guys more popular than bands like Children of Bodom, and In Flames, then I might kill myself. To the band if they ever read this; You guys rip it up, I hope to see you live real soon, come to my hometown (Burlington, Vermont, USA) as soon as you get a chance!!

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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. Also, before you make vociferous, snap judgments about bands, only hearing what Amazon offers you through their fish-tanked sound clips, which make almost every metal band indistinguishable from another, I suggest you go out and buy a record other than Killswitch Engage, who you seem to be enamored with, worshipping them as the gods of all things metal. You may want to start with Frank Zappa’s “Them or Us,” Steve Vai’s “Passion and Warfare,” or Death’s “Human.” As for legitimacy, All That Remains is a gem of a find in a minefield of metal that can be zombifying in its similarity. The only thing that justifies their label as a hardcore band is Phil Labonte’s singing and reputation.

    Speeding on in harmonic minor and diminished fury,

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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 powerfulthat 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 theirown, 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.The hints of dynamics that lie within ATR’s musical preview are enough to whet the whistle of fans stilling longing for the long lost, fist-in-the-air, adrenaline fueled, moshable days of American thrash while still leaving the door of the imagination open to what is still yet to come from Phil and company.By no means can one ignore the musicality encompassed at Behind Silence… as the vocal bark sets up the breakdowns with a berating beauty and the twin lead guitars sonic slaughter is So climb above the silence to the musical solitude of the North East’s latest offering and find out why all that remains once you find the height of the musical mountain is Massachusetts’ All That Remains.

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now