Album Review: All That Remains "The Order of Things" – 5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:17:28
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All That Remains have consistently delivered quality hard rock with each subsequent album. There's never been a chink in their armor, and they've created two downright modern classics in the form of The Fall of Ideals and For We Are Many. That said, The Order of Things blasts out of the gate as their best offering to date. It evinces all of their strengths, fortifying their attack immensely while showcasing a keen evolution yet again. It's got melody and metal, merging them together in a manner that's as potent as it is passionate. Most of these songs stand impossible to shake, and at its core that's what makes a great hard rock or metal album.
The Order of Things begins with the somber piano intro of "This Probably Won't End Well," an anthemic vignette into relationship trials and tribulations driven by airtight drumming from Jason Costa and the throbbing bass wallop of Jeanne Sagan. Mike Martin and Oli Herbet's guitars practically do acrobatics past each other in a display of death-defying fretwork that solidifies them as the genre's most underrated duo. Phil Labonte ignites a stadium-size hook, while painting a lyrical picture. It's the perfect opener, and it sets the tone for the dynamic roller coaster to follow.
"No Knock" bludgeons confidently alongside their heaviest fare, while "Divide" shines with an entrancing energy within the melodies. "The Greatest Generation" nods to the titular pack who built this country, paying homage with a hell of a harmony and hook, and "For You" manages to rise up as their biggest ballad so far. "A Reason for Me to Fight" packs a serious metallic punch longtime fans will feel right in the gut, and "Tru-Kvlt-Metal" is the bitch slap that overly purist genre purists have been deserving for years.
Everything culminates on "Criticism and Self Realization " a seven-minute epic that brings back the piano and covers the spectrum of what the quintet is capable of.
Ultimately, All That Remains deliver yet again. This is already a contender for best hard rock record of 2015, and it will last far beyond that.
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