All That Remains have always been a divisive band, one that can be equal parts great and horrible, playing to the standard formula, but also aiming for the more radio friendly approach too often.
This album opens very strongly with ‘Safe House,’ a great hardcore/metalcore track with vocalist Phil Labonte really letting his inner demon out for a stroll.
Sadly, this is the only real highlight on an album that is otherwise fairly light on in the heavy metal department, taking their oft chosen hard rock path instead and beating it further into submission.
This album could really fit anywhere into their catalogue from about 2006 onwards, and that is the part that I find uninteresting and a drag. Sure they have hooks here and there, and the over sappy ‘Back To You’ acoustic track is a bit of a nice change, but beyond that if you are already a fan of this band you know what is coming and will probably enjoy it. If on the other hand you are one of the many who have always disliked All That Remains as second or third rate music, you are going to get a real kick out of this album for different reasons.
This is the sound of a band that knows what its fans want, and are not willing to try and change the formula up in any way shape of form. And while that might sit well for some people, it leaves a bad ringing in this humble reviewer’s ear. Hell, Five Finger Death Punch is heavier and more entertaining than this.
1. Safe House
3. Nothing I can Do
4. If I’m Honest
7. River City
8. Open Grave
9. Far From Home
10. Trust and Believe
11. Back To You
12. Never Sorry