A War You Cannot Win

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A War You Cannot Win
A War You Cannot Win.jpg
Studio album by All That Remains
Released November 6, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Metalcore,[1][2] heavy metal
Length 39:26
Label Razor & Tie
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz
All That Remains chronology
For We Are Many
(2010)
A War You Cannot Win
(2012)
The Order of Things
(2015)
Singles from A War You Cannot Win
  1. "Down Through the Ages"
    Released: August 13, 2012
  2. "Stand Up"
    Released: August 27, 2012
  3. "You Can't Fill My Shadow"
    Released: October 26, 2012
  4. "Asking too Much"
    Released: March 18, 2013
  5. "What If I Was Nothing"
    Released: October 21, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Artist Direct 5/5 stars[3]
Loudwire 3.5/5 stars[2]
Ultimate Guitar 6.4/10 stars[4]

A War You Cannot Win is the sixth studio album by American Metalcore band All That Remains. The album was released on 6 November 2012 through Razor & Tie.[5][6]

The album has some tracks which have a melodic metalcore sound and some with a standard metal sound which have only singing.[1]

Album sold over 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart.[7] As of February 2015, the album has sold 123,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Background[edit]

The album was produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who has produced albums for the band in the past.

The first song to be released from the album was "Down Through the Ages". The song was first posted to Labonte's YouTube channel on August 13, 2012. "Stand Up" was released as the next single on August 27. On October 26, "You Can't Fill My Shadow" was announced as the album's third single.

Musical style[edit]

Drummer Jason Costa stated about the album: "This is a very guitar, very melody-oriented album. It wasn't very rhythm-based at all. I would just say it's metal; it's a metal album. We've got some heavy songs on there, some heavy, groovy songs on there. We've got some fast, heavy songs on there, we've got some more radio-friendly, melodic songs on there. It's typical ALL THAT REMAINS, really, but we've definitely stepped up the musicianship there and the writing." [9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Down Through the Ages" Philip Labonte 3:31
2. "You Can't Fill My Shadow" Philip Labonte 3:33
3. "Stand Up" Johnny Andrews / Rob Graves / All That Remains 4:00
4. "A Call to All Non-Believers" Philip Labonte 2:44
5. "Asking Too Much" Rob Graves / All That Remains 3:28
6. "Intro" Philip Labonte 0:21
7. "Just Moments in Time" Philip Labonte 3:27
8. "What If I Was Nothing" Rob Graves / All That Remains 4:36
9. "Sing for Liberty" Philip Labonte 3:41
10. "Not Fading" Rob Graves / All That Remains 3:34
11. "Calculating Loneliness (Instrumental)" Philip Labonte 2:39
12. "A War You Cannot Win" Rob Graves / All That Remains 3:45
Total length: 39:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Philip Labonte - lead vocals
  • Oli Herbert - lead guitar
  • Mike Martin - rhythm guitar
  • Jeanne Sagan - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jason Costa - drums

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 12
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[12] 84
US Billboard 200[13] 13
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[14] 12
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[15] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[16] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-war-you-cannot-win-mw0002422823
  2. ^ a b http://loudwire.com/all-that-remains-a-war-you-cannot-win-album-review/
  3. ^ http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/all-that-remains-a-war-you-cannot-win-album-review-5-out-of-5-stars/10297298
  4. ^ http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/all_that_remains/a_war_you_cannot_win/index.html
  5. ^ "All That Remains A War You Cannot Win". All That Remains. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "ALL THAT REMAINS UNVEIL 'A WAR YOU CANNOT WIN' ALBUM ARTWORK + 'STAND UP' LYRIC VIDEO". Loudwire. August 27, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/all-that-remains-a-war-you-cannot-win-cracks-u-s-top/
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/all-that-remains-drummer-says-singer-labonte-likes-to-be-around-things-he-s-familiar-with/
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/a-war-you-cannot-win/id572801464?l=en
  11. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "All That Remains - A War You Cannot Win". oricn ME inc. 
  13. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "All That Remains Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.