This Darkened Heart

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All Music Guide - William York
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William York
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 656191001229
  • Catalog Number: 10012
  • Sales rank: 34,895

Album Credits

Performance Credits
All That Remains Primary Artist
Philip Labonte Vocals, Group Member
Oli Herbert Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Group Member
Mike Martin Guitar, Group Member
Michael Bartlett Drums, Group Member
Matt Deis Piano, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Louie Teran Mastering
Adam Dutkiewicz Arranger, Producer, Engineer
All That Remains Arranger, Composer
Philip Labonte Composer
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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    amazing piece of art by one very amazing band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the guitars drums vocals bass all perfect this band seriously is amazing this album is a true piece of art im glad this band still is together and still is creating new amazing music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome album by all that remains

    awesome album by all that remains awesome from begining to the very very very end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really good album

    This is a very good metal album. While I get sick of the use of the term "metalcore", I will say that this is one of the best albums this genre has to offer. The guitar work is awesome and the album has a subtle aggressive yet melodic sound that sets it apart from other albums in the genre. The use of cleanly sung vocals is rare, yet the vocal range of the singer is interesting enough to keep the album fresh. I highly recommend this album.

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