Ok, now for me to go through the painstaking process of reviewing one of the most famous and most infamous metalcore albums in history, Overcome
by All That Remains
. Remember, I used to be in love with this album back during the time of its release. It was roughly two years ago that I started going âeeehhhâ at this album. One thing that Iâll never change my mind about is that their performance at the 2009 Mayhem
Festival was great and very entertaining. One thing that I also havenât changed my mind about (yet) is that the only song by them that I still like is from this album, Two Weeks
. But Iâm even growing old of that song now. Now that Iâve listened to this thing for the first time in what seems like forever, Iâm ready to write a good review on itâ¦well, not that kind of âgoodâ.
Iâm having an extremely hard time finding positive things to say about this record. I can only say raw factual things and negative things. The heavy parts are extremely dull and horribly rushed, the melodic parts are derived from nu metal bands Disturbed and Saliva
(neither of which are total disasters). Iâve heard a lot about the apparent excessive use of auto-tune in the singing, but Iâm having a very hard time hearing it. There is one thing thatâs easily noticeable, and that is that the singing HAS had A LOT of editing done on it. Iâm serious, the singing sounds completely artificial! No, I donât hear the uneven changes in pitch caused in auto-tune, but I definitely can tell that there was a hell of a lot of editing on the vocals.
The screaming has obviously had editing done on as well because there is no way that a vocalist can change the sound of his scream THAT much in only two years. So I can see how people would hear edited vocals and instantly just say âauto-tuneâ because thatâs the only form of vocal editing they know of, but speaking in technical terms, there hasnât been any auto-tune performed (that I can hear) other than possibly changing the pitch of his vocals before he starts singing so that he can sing a line with higher notes that he canât quite reach. But Iâm not saying that just because I donât like the vocals, if for some crazy-ass reason, the vocals are actually pure and raw, then the singer just sucks altogether. So thereâs really no getting out of that one, the singing sucks regardless of whatâs been done to them.
Everything that the guitarists and bassist play is dull and boring. Yes, they play everything that needs to be played to be considered metalcore, but itâs completely unoriginal and FUCKING DULL, DULLER THAN A SPHERE! The distortion sounds cool at first, but then quickly gets in the way of any emotion they might be putting into what theyâre playing. But I highly doubt that the guitarists are putting ANY kind of effort or emotion into their playing. I canât even hear the bassist, so thereâs no point at all talking about her.
Well, hereâs a unique thing about them (if youâre hoping to hear something like that about them): they fuse metalcore with another genre. This is something thatâs been done for over a decade, the most common fusion being metalcore with death metal (most commonly known as deathcore). But there are bands like Threat Signal
and Demon Hunter
that fuse metalcore with thrash metal, Mnemic
whom fuses metalcore elements with industrial metal, Mutiny Within
who fuse metalcore with several genres like melodic death, alternative metal, power metal, djent (which I donât consider a real genre), and rock. All That Remains
fuses metalcore with hard rock and nu metal (mainly new metal, but thereâs enough hard rock in their music that it should be mentioned).
So metalcore+nu metal+hard rock=All That Remains
. If you ask me, thatâs a pretty difficult task to pull-off and make it sound legit. Well, All That Remains
has been doing that for the past 10 years and it sucks. The idea was great, and at first, the nu metal sounds they were implementing in their music were from heavier bands like Mudvayne
and Slipknot. Now, they use much more melodic, mainstream and easier-selling nu metal elements that are most notably used by Five Finger Death Punch
(although theyâre rock now), Saliva
, and post-2002 Disturbed. This has ended up in a complete collapse in the bandâs quality and creativity. No wonder drummer Mike Bartlett left the band instantly after they released The Fall of Ideals
in 2006! They started sucking!! But donât get me wrong, the idea was great, but once the experimentation with better-selling nu metal elements started, they went downhill.
If you canât quite pinpoint my opinion on this album, it sucks. Itâs painful enough listening to it while Iâm writing this review. I would give this album a 4/20. Nothing
else needs to be said in this review, donât waste your time on this piece of trash, itâs not worth your time. There are so many better metalcore bands than All That Remains
! THIS ALUBM IS TRASH!