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  • Ah, the immortal words of Mr. Strickland from the “Back to the Future” movies. In this case, the “slackers” I am referring to are all the punks who think that metal is becoming some sort of sissified affair where melodic clean vocals are more important than kicking butt. Sure, this album has clean vocals too, but they are not emphasized to the point where they take away from the heaviness of the songs, and they provide good contrast and counterpoint to Phillip Labonte’s harrowing growls and snarls (Shadows Fall definitely should have held on to him). The first track, “And Death in My Arms”, starts off innocently enough, but quickly erupts into a bone-crunching assault that is pretty much sustained until the album ends. “The Deepest Gray” alternates between full-speed frenzies and slower parts, and ends with an all-out assault. There are plenty of smashingly-good riffs throughout this whole album, and the drums hit hard and never get too monotonous. This is extreme metal for real metalheads only; casual listeners need not apply. I am grateful to these guys and groups like Heaven Shall Burn for providing a darker, more brutal counter-movement to the melodic death movement that is being led by groups like In Flames and Killswitch Engage. Don’t get me wrong, I also listen to to IF and KE, but sometimes you just need to be able to pop in a disc, crank of the volume full blast, and let it it shake your shoes off without worrying about what sort of subtelties and softness have been added to dilute it.

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • first off, i’d like to say this is a good album. The vocalists voice… or “scream” is really good… he has a great range and, thankfully, doesn’t have the whole “monotone” boring kinda feel to it. The guiters are awesome also. But, i do have a slight problem… The guitar solos get somewhat boring after a while and seem kinda dragged out. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good, but would be better (in my opinion) if they were a little shorter. Secondly, some of the songs sound the same. They are all different, but all have the whole “verse,chorus,verse,chorus,ending” thing…but still, a very good CD… and oh yeah, these guys don’t sound ANYTHING like Shadows Fall… your crazy if you think they’re similiar

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I wish people would stop using the term metalcore to describe this band. I don’t care what anybody say’s be it fans or the band itself. This is METAL in all of it’s glory. metalcore is what I use to describe bands that couldn’t hold these guys guitar picks. They use all of the great metal atmosphere from bands before them, early Slayer, and Max lead Sepultura! just to name acouple. A friend of mine who lived in Washington D.C. was raving about these guys and when he came back he let me listen to this album and instantly I became a huge fan!!!

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD is amazing. It is the best CD I have ever bought. The riffs are awesome and the solos are great. I love every song on this album. The solo in “For Salvation” is awesome. I Die in Degrees is probably my favorite song on the CD. Some other bands that I like are God Forbid, Shadows Fall, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, and Nightrage. If you like these bands you’re gonna love this album.

    Posted on December 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I dont get it. I just dont get it. This album should have been the one to break All That Remains out from the underground, but it doesnt. They still remained one of the metalcore scene’s lesser known bands, and Phil Labonte’s old band, Shadows Fall, outsold them, 10 to 1.
    Whoever slept on this album has no idea what they missed. The Riffs are heavy, the vocals pissed and nasty, the lyrics angry and sorrrowfull at the same time, every thing that has come to characterize the metalcore scene, but still, this band went unnoticed. OPEN YOUR EARS PEOPLE!!! Stop listening to second rate bands, and pick up this album, and Their new one, “The Fall Of IDEALs” and be prepared to be blown away!

    Posted on December 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now