Phil Labonte and crew return with their eighth studio album titled Madness out on Razor & Tie Records and to say it doesn’t sound like an All That Remains album is just flat out wrong. This album packs a bunch no less than the previous seven. Yes, there is more programming in my opinion on this album than others, but you want bands to evolve and try different things and I believe ATR have pulled that off nicely with this release. This isn’t their first rodeo here as they have been around for 16 years now. “Halo” is one of these new songs that mixed the electronics with the power of the band and it works. “Louder” gives us a nice mixture of even, heavy programming and crunchy guitars from lead guitarist Oli Herbert. “River City” is definitely my favorite on this release as it has all the elements of All That Remains. Very melodic and very heavy when needed, Labonte’s voice goes from singing to screaming and back again to the perfection of the music. If this isn’t a hit single, I don’t know what is. “Never Sorry” is a roller coaster ride of a song highlighted by Herbert’s fantastic guitar work and Labonte’s vocals. The last song on this thirteen track album is a cover by none other than…Garth Brooks? Yes. “The Thunder Rolls” is performed here a la All That Remains style and it works. Now, I don’t know as of this writing of this review who the female voice singing with Labonte is, but she is good and compliments him well on this song as a duo.
All That Remains are currently on a tour and you can see if they are coming to your city via their webpage.