All That Remains
All That Remains Live (DVD)
One of the best showing just why they are
It may have taken a few years for Boston (Massachusetts) 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 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. In celebration of the success with The Fall Of Ideals, the five-piece act (Comprising of former Perpetual Doom/Shadows Fall vocalist Philip Labonte, guitarists Oli Hebert and Mike Martin, former Ligeia/The Acacia Strain bassist Jeanne Sagan and former Diecast drummer Jason Costa) has put together their first live D.V.D. in All That Remains Live.
Unlike many D.V.D. releases, All That Remains Live boasts not one, but two sold out headlining live shows, with the first shot at The Recher Theatre in Baltimore (Maryland) in July 2007, and the second filmed at The Theatre Of The Living Arts in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) in February 2007. As you would expect, there's not a real lot of difference between the Baltimore show (Which runs for fifty-five minutes) and the Philadelphia show (Which clocks in at thirty-nine minutes) set list wise, but if there were a pick between the two, the Baltimore show would certainly be the recommended performance.
After a brief introduction and some pre-show footage of various fans screaming the band's 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 their last release 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 2004's This Darkened Heart, and seamlessly blend in with the group's more recent material without clashing too much.
All That Remains' performance is damn 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 band's sound, which gives All That Remains Live a very real live feel.
As for extra footage, we're offered the bands take on their fans (Including the one and only penis Labonte has ever autographed), footage of Hebert and Martin competing against each other on the track Six on Guitar Hero II, an informative history of the band and the individual band members (Both on the tour bus and off), two slideshows (Which is close to one hundred and twenty photos), all six of the band's promotional video clips (The Air I Breathe, This Calling, Tattered On My Sleeve, This Darkened Heart, The Deepest Gray and Not Alone) and a behind the scenes look at the making of The Air I Breathe.
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.
(Razor & Tie Entertainment/Prosthetic Records)