MARCH 15th 2015
ALL THAT REMAINS: THE ORDER OF THINGS

Review by: Anka

After a quite steady but stylistically sinuous career, 2015 finds All That Remains attempting a more daring, consistent release with a fresh sound. ‘The Order of Things’ is cementing a direction they have been taking for a while, but with improved quality.  They are far from where they started, genre-wise, but this is step up from the previous release ‘A War You Cannot Win’ and some of the ones before it. Why? Well things sound like they found the right track and there’s more sense of a direction, there’s a little bit more substance in the writing and less failed experimentation. You could say they play it safe, in predictable patterns, but this time there is more of a modern feel that is in line with other similar releases of the genre. This is not bad news, this actually means All That Remains are slowly making their way back among the top tier of metalcore bands and this sounds encouraging – at least for now.

There is no going back to the roots of All That Remains (which maybe some fans are still waiting for) but there is enough heaviness to keep you amped, if you don’t care about the dominance of singing vocals on almost all songs.  This album’s fusing styles from metalcore to hard rock and classic heavy metal with a strong print of everything that modern metal can encompass. 

This is not to say that the band has released the best album of its career, while it sounds a bit generic for the genre, this album is more enjoyable due to better song writing and even more appealing melodies. From the very first track with its calm piano intro to the closing ballad, you get pretty much a homogenous recipe of mid-paced tracks with heavy melodic riffing and not-so-annoying breakdowns.

The heavy side sounds softened up, but the crunchy quality is still there. Clean vocals are not my favorite here. Always thought the clean vocals are just too feeble and it always feels like there’s much more in there that just can’t be properly uttered. On the other hand, even scarce, the screams and the growls balance things out nicely.  Catchy harmonies and melodic guitar solos lend their softer touch to the heavier riffing without creating an uncomfortable contrast. Predictable song structures don’t steal from the enjoyment of the whole thing, but with all the nice elements, in the end there is nothing memorable enough on the album.

All That Remains manage to sustain a pretty engaging energy throughout the 12 tracks and there is no obvious ‘wow’ moment at any time. This is a good effort, and more like a smooth flowing album that can accompany your daily activities, if you are a fan and keep an open mind when it comes to bands changing and evolving into different musical directions.