Sunday, January 26, 2014

Album Review. Still Remains: Ceasing To Breathe

Still Remains were one of my favorite heavier bands when I first discovered the genre sometime around 2004. They burst onto the scene with the album 'Of Love and Lunacy,' which was released in 2005 on Roadrunner records' They followed that up with 'The Serpent' a much softer, but still very enjoyable record. It seemed that Still Remains tried to catapult themselves into the mainstream. Sadly, it failed.

The band disbanded in 2008, but reunited in 2011. With no record label in place, the band started a Kickstarter campaign, which funded the recording of 'Ceasing to Breathe.'

Upon picking up the album, the first thing I noticed is the heaviness of the album. The opening track 'Bare Your Teeth' opens up with the bang, complete with double-pedal drums and the ominous keyboard sounds that 'The Serpent' lacked. Vocalist T.J. Miller delivers a catchy hook in the chorus. This is probably the heaviest song on the album.

The ferocity continues on the next track, called 'Crone.' The third track 'Beacon' is one of the standout tracks, as it has a melodic chorus, with very positive lyrics. The album is heavy, but not bleak. The guitars are razor-sharp and remind me a little bit of some of the heavier work of Pantera.

The best song on this album is the title track 'Ceasing to Breathe.' The vocals are outstanding, as Miller is on point. The song also has a few quick guitar solos.

Overall, the album is very solid. The fans of their heavier stuff will be satiated. There are no ballads, no pandering at all. The album is the heaviest of their career. And it could be their best.

Grade: A-

Tracklist:

1. Bare Your Teeth
2. Crone
3. Beacon
4. Cain
5. Closer to the Grave
6. A Way Out
7. Keeping Secrets
8. Ceasing to Breathe
9. F.F.I
10. Hopeless
11. Reprise
12. Bitter Shroud Repentance

You can buy the album directly from the band here.