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Still Remains - Of Love And Lunacy
Still Remains is a part of the Roadrage Tour this year together with Trivium and 3 Inches of Blood. The band I am about to review is the last one releasing an album this year. That means that all three bands are ready for the European Roadrage Tour with brand new material to show the fans. But this years edition is special because all three get the chance to prove themselves on the legendary Dynamo Open Air festival on may 7th. Let’s see if this album is good enough for this opportunity.
Before I got the promo edition of the album Of Love And Lunacy, I already knew the band from some MP3’s. When I received this album it found my CD player quickly. And now, a little bit over a week later, I am giving it my judgement. Still Remains is playing what is called Metalcore. And like other bands they are using clean vocals in their songs (luckily enough not too much), but another interesting add on is that they are using samples and other futuristic, almost Death Metal kind of, electronic effects. Maybe that is the key role of keyboard player Zach Roth. It sounds extremely cool though.
From the effects to the vocals. In some songs they use double vocals were one vocalist is singing against each other which gives a cool strong effect in the song. Combining this with the effects and fast riffs the song Blossom The Witch gets an extra vibe and just feels good.
Well, lets get back to the beginning of the album. The album starts with a powerful song and it gives you a good impression of what the band is capable of. Lately many bands are releasing albums in the Metalcore genre but this band adds some new features into this genre and it sure is refreshing to hear!
Because I have got the promo edition I can’t give you an impression of the booklet but the cover sure is impressive and on the back the entire crew is noticed. I was looking for the band names but all I could find were drum and guitar techs, additional vocalists and the rest of the crew. It is nice to see a band giving a lot of credits to the people helping them.
If you are into Metalcore you should check this band out because it is worth listening to. The extras in the songs keeps it attractive and the quality of the album is marvellous. But the question was, is this band Dynamo material. I don’t think so, the older people visiting Dynamo aren’t open for this new hype but the younger people will dig this. If you aren’t visiting Dynamo you can see this band live in the Melkweg on June 9th.
Line Up:
A.J. Barrette - drums
- Evan Willey - bass
- Jordan Whelan - guitars
- T.J. Miller - vocals
- Zach Roth – keyboards
Track Listing:
1. To Live and Die In Fire
2. The Worst Is Yet To Come
3. In Place of Hope
4. White Walls
5. Bliss
6. Cherished
7. With What You Have
8. Kelsey
9. Recovery
10. I Can Revive Him With My Own Hands
11. Stare and Wonder
12. Blossom The Witch
Still Remains - Of Love And Lunacy
83/1001Details Roadrunner Records
Released on Tuesday Nov 30th, -0001

Writer @Buzzin Hornet on Wednesday Apr 6th, 2005

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