All That Remains - Victim Of The New Disease: Album Review
Life sometimes delivers curveballs of such devastating proportions, like that of the sudden death of All That Remains founding lead guitarist Oli Herbert mere weeks before the release of Victim Of The New Disease, their ninth album.
Although there is some trepidation as we approach the review of this album, it was unfounded – the album is everything you would expect – and a great follow up to Madness which was released last year. They promised that it would be heavier – and it is, in places much more so.
The opener Fuck Love is a brutal, frantic piece and sounds fresh, a feel that is retained throughout the album, a fine return to form.
The band readily admit that they listen to cheesy pop, rap, hip-hop and even Nickleback and this comes through subtly in their music – Everything’s Wrong even has hints of Linkin Park. The band manage a wonderfully emotive power-ballad in Alone In The Darkness, and Broken is almost a blueprint for the bands attitude:
Won't be broken, we won't live in the past
No, we won't be broken, we have come too far for that
No, we won't be broken, we'll live what's in our hearts
No, we won't be broken, we're free
The other power-ballad, Just Tell Me Something featuring Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsop has been slated by many and it does feel a little out of place here but isn’t anywhere near as bad as it is has been made out to be. The band’s ability to bring in new ideas and current sounds like the auto-tune vocals in I Mean’t What I Said will stop the music becoming stale.
If Victim Of The New Disease is a farewell to the band then it is both fitting and heavy hitting - as it should be, yet their sense of song and melody allows them to appeal to a wider audience. With prog-metal guitarist Jason Richardson brought in for the current tour who knows what the future may hold. Lots of questions remain of the future of which it is still to early to speculate. In the meantime there is this release to absorb.
All That Remains play Manchester Academy on Tuesday 4th Decemeber 2018.