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Album Review

Judging from just the first song on This Darkened Heart, one is tempted to immediately rank All That Remains among the top tier of current Swedish-influenced American hardcore-metal bands (and there are a lot of them). The dual-guitar interplay of Oli Herbert and Mike Martin is intricate and impressive, and their classically tinged riff-writing yields at least a slight distinction from their many At the Gates-influenced contemporaries. However, as early as the second track — and again on several of the others — they reveal their downfall in attempting to incorporate passages of melodic singing. It's a downfall they share with plenty of other bands in this genre. It would be a great idea to try this technique if these bands could pull it off tastefully, but All That Remains, like many of their counterparts, do not do so. The cleanly sung breakdowns on "Focus Shall Not Fail," "Tattered on My Sleeve," and the title track feel forced and are at times cringe inducing, sounding vaguely like bad-'80s radio rock (think late Journey). The other problem is that, as the album wears on, the experienced listener can't help but get the feeling that he or she has heard many of these riffs before — if not note for note, then close enough that it doesn't make much of a difference. The guitar playing is excellent, and as a whole this album is better than average for the genre — especially by 2004's diluted standards — but it's not going to unseat Slaughter of the Soul, Storm of the Light's Bane, or any of the other classics that inspired this crowded genre in the first place.

Customer Reviews

an amazing album

clearly whoever wrote the review is a bit slow or something... this in my oppinion is all that remains best album, phil labonte shows his true writing ability in this album sure some of the guitar riffs sound similar but every song is very unique in its own way its one of my favorite albums and... phil defnitly pulls off the clean vocals unlike other bands in the genre, the clean vocals in focus shall not fail that go along with the breakdown riffs are awesome....thats awsome review writer guy.... best songs off the album have gotta be... passion, tattered on my sleeve, i die in degrees, and focus shall not fail


this is another awesome album from
ATR probably (imo)their second best
album.some of my favorite songs are
tattered on my sleeve,i die in degrees
and vicious betrayal.

Pretty good

Good, solid album. The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 is because I think The Fall of Ideals is better. Still, very nice.


Formed: 1998 in Springfield, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by guitarist Oli Herbert and ex-Shadows Fall vocalist Phil Labonte in 1998, Massachusetts' All That Remains debuted in 2002 with Behind Silence and Solitude on Metal Blade. Rounded out by drummer Michael Bartlett, guitarist Chris Bartlett, and bassist Danny Egan, the record first showcased the band's blistering and heavy take on melodically infused hardcore death metal. All That Remains went through some lineup changes, and guitarist Mike Martin was added in for their 2004 breakthrough on...
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