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All That Remains
The Order of Things

Company: Razor & Tie
Release: 2015
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Greg Watson
  • More accessible to non-metal fans



  • Massachussets metallers All That Remains return with "The Order of Things", a more hard rock offering that is full of catchy hooks, choruses and feels a bit more accessible to non-metal fans. With clean vocal singing dominating most of the album, I get the feeling that the band are continuing to try and expand their sound even more. Songs like "This Probably Won't End Well", "For You" and "Bite My Tongue" have a late 90's era hard rock feel to them while still incorporating the speed and heaviness that has been a trademark feature of ATR. That being said, there is still quite a punch packed into the tracks and the heavy portions of the song are monstrously heavy, like the breakdown on "Pernicious" and the groovefest that is "No Knock". The track "True Kvlt Metal" is easily the heaviest and fastest song on the album. When all was said and done with this one, I didn't hate it but I felt as though there was something missing from the album. The more streamlined and radio friendly songs seem to take away from the overall heaviness of the album and left me wanting a little more heavy riffs. The production, handled by Josh Wilbur on his first album with the band, was crisp. If you're looking for something catchy, easy to sing along to, and that you can bang your head periodically to, this has your name all over it.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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