Following up their 2012 release, A War You Cannot Win, All That Remains will be dropping their latest album, The Order Of Things, in February. The band just released the first single off of the album, “This Probably Won’t End Well,” and it is already starting to build traction at radio…deservedly so.
If ever there was a band that marches to the beat of their own drum and laughs in the face of criticism, it is All That Remains, particularly their outspoken frontman, Phil Labonte. While the band’s sound has evolved throughout their career (which dates back to 1998), there are fans from the early days who want to keep them confined in a tightly sealed “metalcore” box.
All That Remains admittedly draw from a vast variety of musical influences, many of whom would be considered “guilty pleasures” by most hard rock bands, but ATR wears their appreciation of “uncool” artists on their collective sleeves. Though they can be as heavy as any band out there, at the same time, they are capable of creating a power ballad for the ages, as they did with “What If I Was Nothing” on their previous release.
To their credit, All That Remains creates music that inspires them without any consideration for “fan” backlash.
“This Probably Won’t End Well” will undoubtedly seem like a prophetic title for fans stuck in “metalcore mode” when they first hear the melancholic piano intro, and have flashbacks to hearing “What If I Was Nothing.” However, it doesn’t take long for the song to kick into a heavy rocker featuring crunchy guitars and a driving rhythm with insane drum fills. The music definitely sets the stage for angry growls, but what you get instead are beautiful vocal harmonies complemented by soulful, bluesy guitar leads.
If you’re stuck in 1998, then “This Probably Won’t End Well” may leave you believing that the song is appropriately titled, but if you have an appreciation for what constitutes a kickass hard rock tune in 2015, then the title will just come across as ironic. From my perspective, it looks like ATR has hit it out of the park once again with a song that should make a major impact on Active Rock radio and become a mainstay on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.