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  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music & Marketing
  • ASIN: B005JLN8H2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. The Serpent
3. This Day Is Mine
4. City Of Vultures
5. Talking In Whispers
6. God Can Bleed
7. Power Through Fear
8. Nothing Left
9. We Will Last Forever
10. Illusions
11. Roads
12. Bridges Will Burn

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CD Description

`City Of Vultures' is the hotly anticipated debut album from the highly acclaimed young British metal band Rise to Remain, who won Best New Band at both the Kerrang and Metal Hammer Awards in 2010. A dramatic, blistering, melodic and hugely ambitious album, it was produced by Carl Bown and legendary metal producer Colin Richardson, renowned for his work with Slipknot, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, Trivium and many more. `City Of Vultures' is the sound of one of the most exciting new bands in Britain not only delivering on their early promise but setting the benchmark for all their peers to follow. With massive support from the UK rock press lined up and a huge touring plot in place, Rise To Remain are set to be one of the biggest names in metal for years to come. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

BBC Review

Rise to Remain have been sitting on City of Vultures for a while now. After signing to EMI the London five-piece took a year to shape this debut LP - but now it's seen the light of day, delivering on the anticipation, any awards to come its way are wholly warranted. This is as good a debut album from a British metal band as you're likely to hear in 2011.

After the album's intro has receded, the first thing you hear of opener-proper The Serpent is not one of its vast, towering melodies. No. It's a grunt. It's certainly less easy to sing along to the Lamb of God/Pantera style vocals on show here, but immediately there's a marriage between rhythmic groove metal and a looser, more European style. The riff-filled This Day Is Mine melds an old-school Bay Area thrash vibe with modern melodic metal, meaning that we end up hearing a fast but anthemic song. It sounds more confusing than it actually is.

Later, God Can Bleed is as harsh and angst-fuelled as it is melodic and comforting. The aptly authoritative Power Through Fear is as stimulating with its heaviness as it is beautiful with its refrains, and the chugging of one of their oldest songs, Nothing Left, is an interesting insight into where the band has come from.

It's this constant mixing of styles that characterises Rise to Remain's sound - it's refreshing while still being comfortingly familiar without being unnecessarily progressive. They absolutely are the consequence of their influences (some of which are far from original), but the result is certainly greater than the sum of its parts.

Roads doesn't quite hit the syrupy ballad spot, but with its slower tempo and soul-searching lyrics there is an overly-emotive feeling throughout. It's far from uncomfortable listening, but at almost four-and-a-half minutes long it does end up becoming slightly staid. The heavy shredding of follower (and final track) Bridges Will Burn just highlights its awkward positioning in the album's sequencing - but said closer, with a grand solo in the middle, comprises a fine end to a fine debut.

Because frontman Austin Dickinson is Bruce's son, it's a sad fact that Rise to Remain are linked with Iron Maiden at every turn. But that will pass in time, as there's more than enough quality evident in this first release to point towards a great future for this young band.

--Raziq Rauf

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2011
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Rise To Remain impressed me a lot with their fantastic EP Bridges Will Burn and I eagerly anticipated a full length album from the band, which they have now in 2011 delivered with City Of Vultures.

The album includes the singles `Nothing Left,' `The Serpent,' and `Power Through Fear,' all of which are pretty indicative of the album as a whole: Heavy sections, melodic choruses, guitar solos and fun double kick patterns from the excellent Pat Lundy.

Colin Richardson ably handles the production, managing deftly to keep both the heaviness and melody that the band deliver without one overpowering the other and without just creating a bland radio-metal sound.

The album features re-recording of the earlier tracks `Nothing Left,' and `Bridges Will Burn,' which benefit from the improved production job and slicker performances. Some fans will doubtless find it a little overproduced and commercial, but repeat listens should help uncover the heavy songs underneath.

Standout tracks include the aforementioned `The Serpent,' as well as `Talking In Whispers,' and the album highlight `Illusions.'

Overall, Rise To Remain are a hugely talented British Metalcore act that you ought to check out if you are into the genre. They aren't furiously original, but they play this type of music incredibly well. City Of Vultures is a strong album which brilliantly fulfills promise that the band made with their earlier EPs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brun2008 on 13 Sept. 2011
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After (controversially) gaining much attention due to the vocalist being the son of legendary front man Bruce Dickinson it has become a trend to bash this bands efforts, putting all their achievements down to the vocalist being "Born with a silver spoon in his mouth".

It should have become apparent after the stellar EP "Bridges Will Burn" That RTR were indeed talented, but if the naysayers need any more proof then "City Of Vultures" should show that RTR are something very special.

It is impossible to not comment heavily on Austin Dickinson, he brings a startling vocal range to RTR, with opener "The Serpent" he shows Oli Sykes style rasps and grunts one second, before moving on to a soaring, pitch perfect chorus. One could go a step further and say that this opener perfectly sums Austin up vocally, one minute he can have gutturals to match Parkway Drive, the next, melodic singing that could challenge any auto-tuned pop singer. And for those curious, there is indeed a twang of Bruce audible in Austin's more harmonious moments.

The other members of RTR more than deliver, this record is full of ripping solos, frantic and complex drum beats, and SHOCK a metal band with an actually audible bassist! For those tired of repetitive metalcore bands (yes, I would class RTR as metalcore) who simply rely on chugging and breakdowns will find a refreshing and satisfying album.
Production wise this album is very well done, all instruments receive their attention, no instrument overshadows and bleeds over the others (A trend in a lot of metal albums recently) resulting in an album with a balanced sound. I feel like I am actually listening to a performing band, rather than a bunch of pieced together lines and samples, a big accomplishment for sure.

"City Of Vultures" Really is a fantastic release, one which has caused me to become an even greater fan of these guys.
Very excited to see what comes next.
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After hearing 'This Day Is Mine' i decided to pick up the album as the track impressed me so much. And WOW this album is amazing! A good mix of heavy and smoother vocals from Austen, and incredible guitar work is evident throughout. Solid drums tie it together. RtR really have their own sound, fantastic riff lead metal. Highlights include The Serpent, This Day Is Mine, Power Through Fear, Nothing Left and Bridges Will Burn, but to be honest there are no weak songs that let the album down. In conclusion BUY IT, you metalheads will not be disappointed, and i'm eagerly awaiting their next album and tour.
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The songs all sound the same in some way on this album, but luckily they are nice to listen to. Ok, so really there are more like 4 different songs on here, not just one, but the level of similarity is quite worrying if you think ahead of the next album. That said, production is spot on (quite amazing on the clarity of some of the more complex chords actually) and the guitar work is really great.

If Rise to Remain manage to diversify the songwriting a bit more they will really "remain" one day.
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By T.Phoenix90 on 24 Feb. 2013
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I love this album and literally can't put it down. More or less every song on this album is ace, with shredding guitar riffs and strong vocals. But don't expect Austin Dickinson's strong vocals to be just like his dad's Bruce Dickinson, he is the new breed from the new generation of metalcore singing, mixing both screaming and clean vocals. Buy it, listen to it, and crank it up full blast.
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