Sound — 10
To start off with I just want to say that All That Remains HAVE NOT sold out to mainstream there is still way too much screaming for that. All That Remains are clearly all very talented musicians, so it goes without saying that they will want to use their talent to it's full petential so it's only natural that they woul[d add more melody sonner or later. It's hard to say which album I prefer out of this and The Fall Of Ideals, but this is one of their best! The opening track "Before The Damned" is an amazing song and a great mood setter with it's fast double bas and heavy guitar. The verse consists of deep growls followed by a kick ass singing chorus. "Two Weeks" is by far the best song on the album, despite the lack of screaming. The main vocals that you hear are all singing, but you still get the screaming in the background. The guitar work in the song is amazing and it really is one of those songs that you will listen to over and over again and never get bored of it. Oli Herbert is an amazing guitar player which he shows more and more of with each album, but I feel that even this does not do him justice and he has great things to come for him. Phil Labonte is also one of the most talented vocalists I ave ever seen, he is actually the first person I have ever considered to be better than Corey Taylor (SLipknot/Stone Sour). The overall sound of this band is just through the roof and this album is a great step forward, don't get me wrong though, all of their other albums are amazing.
Lyrics — 10
What's unique about this band is that their lyrics aren't all about death, misery etc. Generally speaking their lyrics are about bad relationships, there are exceptions to this (Song For The Hopeless for example), but genearally this is the main theme. Forever In Your Hands is odd because the chorus seems like a love song "trust in me the way I trusted you, I know we could have done this together. Believe in me like I believed in you, my heart would be forever in your hands" but the verse and bridge stick to the bad relationship theme "yet that conflict still filling me, mistrust venom inside of me". This band are also different from most metal band in the fact that you can understand almost everyword the Phil screams. The lyrics and vocals are amazing and Phil delivers them perfectly. This album blends agression and melody perfectly. A Song For The Hopeless is a perfect example. The song starts very melodic with really calm vocals but soon kicks in with nice agressive screams.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is amazing and is well worth the money. I strongly reccomend that any metal fan goes out today and buys every All That Remains CD and the DVD they really are that good! If I lost any ATR CD or the DVD I would buy them again without even thinking twice about it!