Sound — 10
Despite how much I love this album, I will admit that it isn't unique. I feel as if it has all been done before by bands such as Killswitch Engage. Although, I do prefer All that remains. I got into this band by stealing (well, lets just say borrowing) my friend's mp3 player, and after hearing 'Six' and 'The Air That I Breathe', I was hooked. Later, I bought the album and was quickly sucked into almost every one of their songs. With some metal bands, I find that it takes a while to get into their material, but with All That Remains, I got into over half the album after a first listen to it. I think that the message behind this album is mainly hatred towards a relationship/partener. Maybe they've been messed about and forced into hating someone they have loved, yet still having feelings towards this person. Maybe not, but that's only my opinion. I like the fast picking guitar and being a guitarist myself, notice that they are only simple riffs, made to sound incredible. Like a modern version of Metallica but not as boringly long. I think this album differs from other metal bands in a way that their tracks are only 3.40ish. Unlike some bands who have pointlessly long songs. The songs are short, snappy and fast going. Every second of the song is great; hitting you like an atom bomb.
Lyrics — 7
One thing I can say I truely love about this album is the screaming, yes screaming from the singer. A perfect example of his awesome screaming voice would be the intro to "Six", as he screams "Yeeeeaoowwww! I wish I was free of this". This has to be my favourite line screamed in my entire itunes libary. He also projects his voice in lots of different ways, from death metal screaming, to pop-like choruses (Like Trivium) with also the typical metal screaming he uses for the verse. In almost every line sung, he switches to either one of these voices, keeping the song enjoyable and unique. The lyrics are well written and complex, which can be good and bad, but I like it. They sing of hatred towards loved ones, something I think almost everyone could relate back to in some point of their life. The lyrics fit the music beautifully, the dark sounding heavy lyrics mixed with the fast and violent guitar thrusting and drumming beats. "I am not empty inside, though I long to make this right", I think this is one of my favourite lyrics of the entire album, the way he screams it also amazes me!
Overall Impression — 10
I have not yet heard All That Remains' previous album but I will purchase it soon. I think All That Remains are just a typical metal band like Lamb of God, Trivium and Killswitch Engage leading them to be seen possibly as un-original, yes I do agree, but it is still great music. Most impressive songs on the album are definately "Six", "Not alone", "The Calling", and "Empty Inside", however, I am a huge fan of all the tracks on this album. I love this album because being a metal fan for a long time, things change so much with everyone trying to be more original and creative. But with the 'fall of ideals', I can sit down, and just listen to a typical but perfect metal album, which I love. If it was stolen, I would violently assult the person who had taken it. hehe. I also recommend listening to the solo for "Empty inside", the pinch harmony at 1.45 is the best I have ever had the honour to hear. If you are a fan of Trivium or Killswitch Engage, buy this album, now.