Overcome

Overcome

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by All That Remains
     
 
Taking a stand against the shifting trend towards ever more brutal and uniform metalcore that besets them from all sides, All That Remains actually took measures to increase the dynamic and textural diversity that already figured in their songwriting with 2008's Overcome -- their fourth and arguably most accessible album yet.

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Taking a stand against the shifting trend towards ever more brutal and uniform metalcore that besets them from all sides, All That Remains actually took measures to increase the dynamic and textural diversity that already figured in their songwriting with 2008's Overcome -- their fourth and arguably most accessible album yet. As has been the case throughout the Massachusetts quintet's career, the creative charge here is led by founding vocalist Phil Labonte, who consistently prioritizes clean-singing over savage growling and, for his efforts, successfully squeezes a few surprisingly catchy choruses and lyrics out of would-be singles such as "Two Weeks," "Forever in Your Hands," and "Believe in Nothing." His bandmates, meanwhile, see their instrumental contributions held ever in check by each song's optimal delivery; with Oli Herbert's flashiest guitar work saved exclusively for his consistently memorable solos (see "Before the Damned" and "Chiron," in particular), Jason Costa's typically busy percussive foundations never getting out of hand, and rhythm guitarist Mike Martin and bassist Jeanne Sagan holding own the backbeat with efficient reliability. Yes, the stylistic specter of Killswitch Engage still looms over many of the band's moves (as it does over much of the surviving New England metalcore scene, let's be frank), and a few less impressive songs ("Do Not Obey," "Relinquish," "A Song for the Hopeless") fail to leave a strong impression. But for all intents and purposes, Overcome offers very dependable melodic metalcore in the spirit of All That Remains' albums past, without succumbing to outright stagnation. And what's wrong with giving fans what they expect, after all?

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018299923
catalogNumber:
82999
Rank:
36266

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Overcome 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
all that remains is one very talented band they are the best of the best they did a cover song on this album they covered a nevermore song and did it justice this band is the best of the best
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this band amazes me everytime they release a new album all that remains rocks one very seriously talented metal band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album has everything from great riffs great beats great bass great vocals everything is perfect this album is just straight up awesome i love all that remains all that remains = the best of the best
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but as much as there are some catchy songs on here, the only two or three songs that are worthy of being noticed kind of sound a little similar. Not to mention, some of the other songs are not good at all. Especially "Do Not Obey." It sounds like a cheesy ripoff filler song. And I loved "The Fall of Ideals" album. It was absolutely marvelous. Please, please, please don't put out another crappy album. I am praying.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Yet another album I have had for quite some time but have failed to get on here and review, so finally doing so...almost a year after release. LoL. All that remains is pretty bad@$$. I have been listening to them almost as long as I had first really gotten into metal. They were one of the pioneering bands for me around when I had really gotten into the stuff. Fall of Ideals was the first album I ever owned by them, and then I purchased their previous 2 before it, and then Overcome came out. Fall of Ideals is my favorite of their albums, hands down, thus far. I didn't quite like Overcome as well as that one, but doesn't mean that I didn't like Overcome. There is some great heavy/thrash metal stuff on this album, and I would seriously recommend it to any metal lover, straight up! If you like Metallica, As I Lay Dying, War of Ages, Lamb of God, etc...you will probably like these guys. I recommend this CD, but I recommend starting with Fall of Ideals. It is their best thus far, and a great place to start when checking out All That Remains...then move onto This Darkened Heart, Overcome, and Behind Silence and Solitude...in that order. All are good, but that is, in my opinion, the order of awesomeness.
Natebreed More than 1 year ago
This album is a compilation of well written, beautifully performed melodic metal songs. It's all too often that you hear good bands with a singer/screamer that has a throaty dry scream, and a baby singing voice, how many are we going to have to put up with, like they all want to be AFI. I just want to hear singers that find their own voice then push it to extremes. The singer of this band is only the cherry on top, the rest of the band has created a great melding of melody and aggressive tight riffs. Each song is loaded with catchy riffs that will definitely excite any metal-head. Their drummer is fast, punchy and very tasteful, big improvement from the last few albums. He's always been fast but after the first album everything was way too predictable, till now. These guys will surprise you with each new song, except the last one, it's a cover - no way to end an album of this caliber. If you're looking for a well written metal album, then here ya go. Hope ya enjoy it as much as I.