All That Remains
Massachusetts' All That Remains balance surgically precise riffs with soaring vocal choruses that aren't afraid to flirt with emo at its poppiest. Shadows Fall vocalist Phil Labonte and guitarist Oli Herbert -- an innovative shredder fond of unusual modes, like the Hungarian minor scale -- formed the band in 1998, and by 2002 they had signed to Metal Blade. After a few lineup changes, including the addition of guitarist Mike Martin, 2004's This Darkened Heart proved the band's breakout album, with the production of Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz putting just the right degree polish on their fusion of Swedish black metal stylings and American emo yearning. In 2006 they followed up with The Fall of Ideals and hit the road with the Ozzfest before strutting their stuff on 2007's incendiary All that Remains Live. For all the hardcore swagger on display on stage, 2008's Overcome encountered a backlash from fans none too enamored of the band's radio-ready choruses.
All That Remains Concert Films
All That Remains
Runtime: 53 minIt may have taken a few years for Boston act All That Remains to make an impact on the metalcore scene, but with the release of their third full-length effort The Fall Of Ideals in 2006, All That Remains not only finally found the right balance of melody and aggression, but they also found a whole new audience, with the album easily outselling their previous efforts.
After a brief introduction and some pre-show footage of various fans screaming the bands name, All That Remains quite literally destroy with Become The Catalyst, The Air That I Breathe, Not Alone, It Dwells In Me, Six, This Calling, The Weak Willed and Indictment, all of which are lifted from The Fall Of Ideals.
The remaining four tracks This Darkened Heart, For Salvation, Tattered On My Sleeve and Focus Shall Not Fail are lifted from 2004s This Darkened Heart and seamlessly blend in with the groups more recent material without clashing too much.
All That Remains performance is near flawless, while the editing together of the multiple camera angles (Filmed by the renown High Roller Studios) retains the energy and excitement of the performance and the crowd participation perfectly. Audio wise, mixer Jason Suecof has managed to keep a raw edge to the bands sound, which gives All That Remains Live a very real live feel.
All up, All That Remains Live is a rock solid package that shows exactly why All That Remains are considered one of the better metalcore acts doing the circuit today. Highly recommended.
All That Remains Top Tracks
Live at The Metro Theatre
Five Finger Death Punch
Runtime: 50 minNo bells, no whistles...just straight-ahead bludgeoning metal. Playing a vintage style of thrash and groove, Five Finger Death Punch have been pummelling audiences since their inception in 2005. During this 2009 performance at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, see why Metal Edge calls Five Finger Death Punch “the sound of violent exhilaration, giving contemporary metal a belligerent shove in an exciting direction.”
As the Palaces Burn
Lamb Of God
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minOriginally released in May of 2003, Lamb of God's As The Palaces Burn is considered to by many to be one the most influential, modern day metal records of our time. The album is as uncompromising lyrically as it is musically. As The Palaces Burn takes an unflinching look at the events and attitudes that resulted from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. Songs like "Blood Junkie" are unequivocal in their condemnation of George W. Bush and his administration's jingoist stance. "Retribution or vengeance in matters not, as long as the pig stays on top of the ladder of bone his father has built," Randy Blythe howls for all to hear. It's courageous and blunt, a statement for the time, and one that the band felt compelled to make. "We all lived through that time and we had the vehicle to express those opinions," says drummer Chris Adler. "I think it would have been irresponsible to not speak our minds."
Josh Wilbur (who has worked with Lamb of God as both an engineer and producer since 2006) was careful to conserve the album's lightning-in-a-bottle energy. "A lot of people, including myself, love the original," Wilbur says. "The whole point was just to do a more 'hi-fi' version of an already great record and not to damage the killer vibe that Devin Townsend and the band had captured...Real musicians sweating it out in a studio in Virginia over a decade ago."
Runtime: 3 hr 18 minFerret Music recording artist Chimaira made some big noise with their 2009 release THE INFECTION. Chimaira paved a successful path on tour, bringing their unrelenting, blistering form of metal to larger audiences by performing on the Music is a Weapon Tour. Now with COMING ALIVE, fans will see a 2 hour + concert with a documentary featuring the making of the album and world tour.
Live at The O2 Academy
Bullet For My Valentine
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minRunning red hot on the heels of their fourth album 'Temper Temper', Bullet For My Valentine rolled into Birmingham's O2 Academy like a tank, armed with burning anthems like 'Your Betrayal', 'Tears Don't Fall' and 'Waking The Demon' alongside newer cuts 'Temper Temper' and 'Riot'. With big ambitions and bigger riffs, the band have always had world domination fairly in their sights, but they've never been more on target than now. With album sales over four million and a monster legion of fans, the lads have rightly earned the tag of "the best British metal band to emerge in years" (as Q Magazine dubbed them). Lock and load people, it's Bullet time!
Live at No Sleep Til Festival in Sydney
August Burns Red
Runtime: 40 minAugust Burns Red is an American Christian metalcore band, from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records, and afterward, Solid State Records. The group is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs. They cite Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.