Every Wednesday night, I’ll post a custom playlist that I’d like to hear a certain artist play live, as well as a brief bio of that artist. I'll also be providing a bit of commentary on select tracks in the list that I feel are crucial to the article and to better inform my readers.
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This week's artist is: All That Remains
All That Remains is an American metalcore band based out of Springfield, Mass. Formed in 2000 by guitarist Oli Herbert and vocalist Phil Labonte (formerly of Shadows Fall), the band has seen numerous changes in its line-up, having had three different drummers, three different bass players, and two different rhythm guitarists. 14 years and six albums later, the band has shown that they will be able to stand the test of time with their unique blend of heavy metal and hard rock. As of January 2014, the band has begun working on their seventh studio album.
Now Let Them Tremble… (Intro)
For We Are Many
After six albums, there has never been a better combination opening track than this one. The gentle crescendo of the former that crashes seamlessly into the fast-paced face-melter that is the latter has no equal.
Easily one of the heaviest and most brutal songs ever written by ATR (second only to "The Weak Willed") this song has become a main staple of many sets used by the band since the release of 2010's For We Are Many.
Down Through The Ages
The first song to be released from 2012's A War You Cannot Win (as well as the first song on the album). The textbook fade-in intro to the track makes this song perfect to be played somewhere in the middle of the set, allowing for brief talking points over the aforementioned intro segment before a staggering jump into guttural growls and insanely fast drums.
Asking Too Much
One of the most mellow tracks released by ATR, the song still remains a powerful and memorable one; a fair successor to the hit Forever In Your Hands that was born out of 2008's Overcome. This song holds as a significant show of just how well the band is able to balance the scales between heavy and melodic music.
Some of the People, All of the Time
Vocalist Phil Labonte has stated in previous interviews, as well as numerous times on stage, that this particular song is his favorite to perform live. And fans would seem to agree. This song, claimed by the band to be their heaviest ever written, has become one of the most popular tracks of their career. The fast paced, high energy songs comes to a wall-shattering finale with forty seconds of slow, demonic, death metal gutter growling that will send chills up your spine every time.
You Can’t Fill My Shadow
One of the most notable tracks from 2012's A War You Cannot Win, this track has not yet been played live at an ATR concert. This is, most likely, due to the overlapping vocal sections within the song. However, with the recent growth in bass player Jeanne Sagan's vocals on stage, it remains to be seen just what kind of treatment the band could give this song at a live performance.
What If I Was Nothing
This acoustic guitar driven song stands out at ATR's attempt to revive the lost power ballads of the 80's. Fans have remained divided on this song, some calling it far too much of a departure for the band into the more mellow side of music, though there's no denying the raw emotion that pours from the lyrics or the amount of energy that emanates from every note of the song.
Become The Catalyst
A true ATR classic, one of the most critically acclaimed songs from 2006's The Fall of Ideals, which has come to be known as the bands magnum opus. Labonte's trademark death metal growls bring the song to an abrupt opening which is guaranteed to get a circle pit growing without fail every time.
Forever In Your Hands
An iconic track from 2006, the song gained a lot of mainstream success when it was released with the game Guitar Hero 2. Since then, this song has been a fan favorite and a main staple of ATR's set-list.
The Air That I Breathe (Encore)
Easily the song that brought ATR into early mainstream of metalcore, this song held its own as one of the most successful singles to be released from The Fall of Ideals. It's fast paced, rhythmic, and catchy as hell.
This Darkened Heart (Encore)
One of the band's oldest and most well-known songs, it was the first to be released as an official radio single back in 2004 to promote the album of the same name that helped to put ATR on the map.
Two Weeks (Encore)
The song that brought ATR into full-on mainstream success, this track is the song to end any concert with. It's melodic, it's heavy, it's powerful, it's catchy, and it's a hit. Everyone who's listened to ATR knows this song.