All That Remains: The Fall of Ideals

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All That Remains: This Darkened Heart
Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
Prosthetic Records, Razor & Tie Records
July 11th, 2006
Release length: 38:59
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It seems that with The Fall of Ideals, All That Remains have finally got their stuff together. The band’s recordings and sound up to this point has had it’s flaws, but this is easily one of the most spectacular releases by the band today, regardless of repetition and mainstream appeal. The Fall of Ideals finds the band continuing to expand their sound, focusing more on a formula-based musical style merged with hard hitting Melodic Death Metal and some Metalcore influences that just hammer the album home and show how well the band can work together when punching you right in the face.

As stated, much of this album follows a formula. The Fall of Ideals is composed of many songs that follow the pattern of screaming the verse, and singing the chorus. However, while this is something will drag down many bands, and even more releases, the music All That Remains presents here hits you hard enough that it’s not even a factor. Right from the start with the intense “This Calling”, you’ll realize that there is something special about this release. The music here is everything that should have been on their previous release, This Darkened Heart, taking greatly from the band’s more successful songs off that release, and focusing on just making the material often sound haunting and very heavy from that track on, with the songs “Not Alone” and “We Stand” really sticking out of the bunch thanks to the well suiting and often relaxing clean singing from the chorus that really brings the melody to a whole other level.

The first five tracks of this album fall into the above statements, hitting you very hard and leave a deep impact before the album seems to completely change pace for one song with “The Weak Willed”. This track does feature singing, yes, but not at all in the same format as every other song to this point, being incorporated only at the very end of the song. This track is actually geared more towards being a straight forward Death Metal track, almost like an experimental track for future releases, focusing moreso on the usage of gutteral vocals, and a rather dismal, almost melancholic atmosphere to the song. While this song is absolutely out of place, it’s still a very impressive release that almost any Metal fan can get behind. Of course, things go right back into the previous pace with the next song, “Six”, which some gamers may recognize from the video game Guitar Hero 3. Again, this song does deviate from the mold a bit more, not really having the standard clean singing chorus and does change up the music a bit more, and sadly doesn’t quite have the same impact as anything that album starts with. This becomes the norm for the remainder of the album.

While the tracks after “The Weak Willed” don’t quite have the same impact, it’s not to say that these songs are bad. Honestly, had the final track list held off on “The Weak Willed” and put it more towards the end, it may all be a different story since the flow of the album is so abruptly interrupted. Either way, these songs don’t quite hold the same heavy impact, regardless of the same formula being followed, whether exactly or simply loosely based. “Empty Inside” is the closest that you will get to the moving starting tracks, being much heavier then the rest of these songs with a catchier chorus. Sadly, that’s about it. But, either way, there’s still enough intense and moving material on this release to get your blood pumping and keep it going.

01.This Calling – 3:38
02.Not Alone – 3:30
03.It Dwells in Me – 3:14
04.We Stand – 3:47
05.Whispers (I Hear You) – 3:39
06.The Weak Willed – 4:05
07.Six – 3:22
08.Become the Catalyst – 3:06
09.The Air That I Breathe – 3:34
10.Empty Inside – 3:22
11.Indictment – 3:42
Overall Score: 7.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.