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  • I haven’t been listening to these guys very long all, in fact I just dug em up recently. I’m giving it 4 stars because I think it’s above average metal with great melody. The other reviewers on this page are long time fans who think this album stinks in comparison with their old stuff. Since I am not a long-time fan I don’t really know, their old music may have been much better. But still-I rest my case-this is a sick album!

    Posted on February 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • All that remains is most definitely a remarkable band. The field of music they chose to place themselves in is metal, but it is more of a progressive style of metal. This CD is not as brutal as their others, but in reality, the others were not that brutal to begin with. The guitarist are pure finess, not power chord, riff chugging, no tallent musicians. If your looking for something truly heavy, this will not be your cup of tea. I loved this CD, personally. It sounds to me like they have stuck with their style and progressed upon it. Heavy, melodic choruses, catchy tunes you cant help but sing along with, solos that blow your mind, unique vocal styling, unique song writing, I could go on. I dont think they have changed much throughout their career. I recommend it to anyone who really likes the band. KSE as well.

    Posted on February 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The first thing to do is ask yourself what it is you want from an album.
    Do you want something that will blend with your library?
    Do you want something heavy and deep to push?
    Do you want an ATR CD that sounds exactly like the others
    Do you just want to be entertained and don’t demand more than that?

    This CD is a new direction for these guys. It’s new and different…and whether you like it depends on what you want

    The first thing to examine is the vocals, as ATR is largely famous for Phil Labonte’s prowess for vein-bursting, bone-chilling and damn near terrifying screams.
    What we saw from The Fall of Ideals is that his singing voice is nothing short of spectacular either.
    Many would argue that his voice isn’t nearly up to par in this new album. Others will say that his technique for his singing voice has increased dramatically.
    As a singer, I can personally tell you that Overcome is much less challenging to sing than previous albums. I can also tell you that he still has a voice that i envy…so is his voice not as good as before?…in my opinion, yes, but it’s nowhere near bad. He just spends a lot more time singing than screaming on this album. Maybe that’ll work for you. Maybe it won’t.

    The musicianship:
    the music is nothing short of spectacular, as you would expect form an ATR album. It is however, again, different. The choruses are a bit more catchy in this one. The technicality in riffs and solos can be even more mind-blowing at times than before…but sometimes artists can lose sight of the music if they try to push everything too far. What they gained in technicality, they lost in the intricate balance of music they maintained in previous albums.

    This guy is badass. Wish I could find a percussionist like him. ‘nuf said

    Lyrics…I’ll be honest, sound a little less inspired on this album. For example: the chorus on “Do Not Obey”….youtube it…you’ll understand. My guess is that they had a little writer’s block during this album. That’s ok though. It happens to everyone and they pushed through it with lyrics that are, not amazing, but good at least. As a plus for this album, it is much easier to understand Labonte’s singing and i didn’t have to look up the lyrics to figure them out, mostly because he does so much more singing.

    I’d give this album a 3.5 if I could. I liked it, it was good, I was entertained, and that’s enough for me. I didn’t love it, but i throw it in the car player more than once a month.

    I can tell you that this album sounded different enough to largely expand their fanbase…that means that there’s plenty of people out there who love it.

    bottom line:
    1. it’s different
    2. You might like it
    …You might not
    3. it’s different
    4. It’s a solid album. I, however, would not regard it as their best.
    5. it’s different
    6. if you’re unsure, youtube it!
    7. it’s all a matter of what you want. Ultimately it’s up to you

    Posted on February 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s been said already, but I just don’t know what happened here. The Fall of Ideals was a great metalcore album – strong songs with powerful and melodic choruses. Overcome has melodic songs with a few screams here and there in the background, they just went too far in a different direction. There are still a few songs that are decent listening, like “Two Weeks” or “Chiron”, but there’s just nothing really compelling you into a second listen. Nope, I’d recommend getting The Fall of Ideals instead, and hope their next outing will be stronger.

    Posted on February 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Im seeing toooo many reviews about Phils vocals when we’re missing a VERY IMPORTANT aspect of this band. The instrumentals on this album are just as good as Fall of Ideals and you people are not realizing this. Yes the band is well known for Phils vocals, but do you think they’d be anywhere without the PHENOMINAL drumming of Shannon Lucas? (Though they have jason costa now) Or the playing of Mike and Oli? You guys are putting WAY too much focus on PART of the band, NOT REMEMBERING THAT TOURING TAKES A TOLL ON SOMEONES VOICE. Listen, im a drummer, and i give vocalists all the respect in the world, and pinpionting them on a subpar album and giving them the blame is BS. Sometimes the vocals cant be as intense as past albums. THE CD IS GOOD, AND THATS THAT.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now