All That Remains: Behind Silence and Solitude

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All That Remains: Behind Silence and Solitude
Melodic Death Metal
Metal Blade Records, Prosthetic Records
March 26th, 2002
Release length: 39:58
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All That Remains is a Melodic Death Metal act is a band that many would consider a supergroup. Featuring members from the bands Shadows Fall (vocalist Philip Labonte) and Exhumed (bassist Dan Egan), it was almost expected that this group would quickly be signed after forming in 1998. However, it would take abouut four years and one demo before this group actually got to record and put out a full-length release. Behind Silence and Solitude is that release, making the group’s debut album, which is actually not as strong a release as one might expect from this group considering the previous associations, but is still an enjoyable and somewhat heavy Metal Death album.

There are some flaws with this release that simply cannot be overlooked. Musically, the album is actually pretty good, especially for a debut release, but one would expect more from the band. There are plenty of heavy hitting tracks on here, most of which comprise the start of the album. The title track “Behind Silence and Solitude” is a pretty hard hitting track that show great promise for the album, as does the following cut “From These Wounds” which also features an impressive, though out of place classical-inspired guitar solo. The only track that isn’t all that enjoyable would be the slow and drawn out “Clarity” which would have been a good song, had it not been drawn out to over five minutes. The solo on this track, however, is really impressive. Aside that, you also have “Home to Me” which really isn’t a bad track at all, just, again, another track that feels a bit too drawn out, but this time it’s mostly due to the rather long winded guitar solo. While it’s another good one, it just feels like it’s stretched out a bit more then it should be.

The only real drawback to this album, aside the aforementioned “filler” tracks and moments, would have to be the vocals. Unfortunately the vocal performance on here is rather weak, having a very monotone approach thoughout the entire thing without any effort to either change things up, or even bring the shouted vocals past the same volume level. Unfortunately this leads to a great deal of repetition throughout the release and becomes very dull half way through your first listen. Once in a while you’ll catch a slight shift in vocal performances, such as a lower or higher pitch in the pronunciation of a specific word, or a rhaspier shouting of a single word, much like in the song “Shading”, which clearly takes a good deal of musical influence from the vocalist’s former project, Shadows Fall, as well as a chorus that has similarities to the track “Sinister Mephisto” by Arch Enemy that simply cannot be shaken. The only song on here that really seems to push the vocal performance is the closing song “One Belief”, which is really the album’s stand out track and closes the album off nicely.

When you sit down and listen to it, Behind Silence and Solitude has some stuff working against it including some tracks that seem drawn out, as well as a mediocre vocal performance through much fo the album. However, it’s still a solid Metal release that features enough hard hitting music to keep the listener coming back for more over time. The debut All That Remains album shows great promise for the band, and hopefully the group can expand on the material here in a positive way for their next release.

01. Behind Silence and Solitude – 4:19
02. From These Wounds… – 4:36
03. Follow – 4:03
04. Clarity – 5:37
05. Erase – 6:15
06. Shading – 3:51
07. Home to Me – 6:47
08. One Belief – 4:30
Overall Score: 5.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.