Metalcore Remains

A War You Cannot Win dropped on November 6th, 2012 and is the sixth release by melodic metalcore band All That Remains since 1998 when the group formed. The album has received mixed reviews. Some fans claim the band has sold out because the new album is more “radio friendly metal” with only the slightest hint of core. Previous albums have been more metalcore so hardcore metal fans may be disappointed.

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All That Remains guitarist Mike Martin says the newest album is a step of maturity.

“I just think when you do something for 10, 12, 15 years you can’t help but learn a little bit along the way and I think that’s one thing this band continues to get better at with every album,” Martin says. “It’s not a physical thing where everybody has to get a 100 times better at their specific instrument – I think collectively the songwriting gets better with each one.”

Old fans should be able to appreciate the steps All That Remains has taken in their newest album. While perhaps softer than previous albums, A War You Cannot Win is still an illustration of the great songwriting All That Remains is capable of. A War You Cannot Win is especially great for those just becoming interested in the metalcore genre and the band itself.

Now on tour promoting the album All That Remains is playing in the northwest on March 24th at The Knitting Factory in Boise, March 30th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, March 31st at Roseland Center in Portland and April 1st at Showbox at the Market in Seattle.

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Rock Music for Sci-Fi

Woody Guthrie is considered by many to have created one of the first concept albums ever, with Dust Bowl Ballads (1940). Since Woody, many musicians have created their own concept albums including Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd and The Beatles to name a few. Rock band, Coheed and Cambria is known for their concept albums based on a fictional story written by one of the band members.

Coheed and Cambria front-man Claudio Sanchez is what many would call a nerd. The rock star and sci-fi fan wrote The Amory Wars which has been transcribed into a series of comic books as well as a full length novel. Coheed and Cambria’s albums are concept albums that reveal the plot of The Amory Wars story. In 2010, Coheed and Cambria’s album Year of the Black Rainbow was released and fans didn’t know what was going to happen because the full Amory Wars story had been told. But we were all relieved to find out Sanchez wrote a new spin-off story which he is telling through the two “Aftermath” albums.

Coheed and Cambria’s latest album is the second of the Aftermath series titled The Aftermath: Descension. It will be released February 5th which high anticipation.

Fun fact: The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Leverage Productions to be developed in a live-action feature film.

Coheed and Cambria will be playing in the northwest February 17th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, February 18th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Canada and February 19th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

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