All That Remains have made a return with their new album Madness which is released on April 28th via Razor & Tie Records. The band will be touring the US in support of the record and you can view the upcoming dates on their website: http://allthatremainsonline.com
Madness is the band’s eighth release and is the follow up to their previous album The Order of Things (2015) which reached number three on the Billboard US hard rock album charts and number five on their top rock albums chart. The band have been quite successful in recent years, selling over one million albums worldwide, headlining shows across the world and played major festivals such as the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
Madness opens up with the song Safe House and you are instantly prepared for a hard hitting album with plenty of heavy parts that will definitely get you hyped up. However, the follow up from this song definitely lacks a lot in the heaviness and swaps to a much more melodic tone; this was definitely a downside to the album as the rest of the tracks seem to be weak in comparison. The track Halo brings back the heaviness towards the end of the song but it then goes back into an almost pop like chorus. Although, throughout the album there are certainly a few tracks that reach a good balance between the melodic parts and the heavy parts such as Louder and Open Grave.
Regardless of this, Madness is jam packed full of amazing guitar parts, whether it be the much more metalcore sounding riffs that make the song a lot heavier or even solos spread throughout the album which do not fail on complementing each song and showing off the ability of both of the guitar players Oli and Mike. Another thing that really stands out to me on this album is the drums. I feel that the drummer Jason Costa has nailed the drums on this album!
Although there are some songs that stand out as very good on this album there are also a few forgettable songs. An example of this is Far From Home, this song sounds like it was meant to be the power ballad of the album, however, listening to it leaves you feeling like you’ve just heard a pop song and this is definitely not what you want to hear on a Metal album. The album is brought back into a metal tone with the song after Trust and Believe as it opens with possibly the best riff on the entire album, which is certainly a throwback to the metalcore riffs we all know and love. Unfortunately, the song is almost ruined by the lack of harsher vocals as you are expecting a hard hitting song and are left with a more melodic part with clean vocals.
I cannot even say that the album ended on a high note as the final track The Thunder Rolls is probably the worst song on the entire album and just lacks a lot. It honestly sounds more like a country song than a metal one… As much as I would love to say check this album out for yourself, I just can’t recommend it as the song Safe House is the only track really worth listening to.
Only one song worth listening to, completely disappointed.