Wednesday, July 20, 2016

All That Remains


All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released seven studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide. The group consists of vocalist Philip Labonte, guitarists Oli Herbert and Mike Martin, bassist Aaron Patrick and former Diecast drummer Jason Costa, with Labonte and Herbert being the only two original members. In spite of this, the band's line-up had remained consistent from the release of 2008's Overcome until 2015's The Order of Things, spanning four albums. This line-up changed, however, in September 2015, when long-time bassist Jeanne Sagan left the band, with Patrick taking her place.


The band's music has been classified under musical styles including metalcore, melodic metalcore, melodic death metal, heavy metal, and alternative metal. All That Remains' music mixes "crushing" riffs, dual guitar harmonies, double bass drum patterns and breakdowns that one can expect from the metalcore genre. Vocally, band combines both singing along with screaming and growls. Phil Labonte's lyrics focus on themes such as relationships, personal struggles, society and hope.

All That Remains has been considered a notable act within the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

In response to the metalcore label the band has often been classified under, Phil Labonte said:
“We are a modern metal band, is really the best way to say it, you know. Because we've got solos, we've got harmonies, we've got some of the kind of breakdown-y. But, I mean, if you look at us as a metalcore band and then you look at, say, you know, Hatebreed as a metalcore band, which a lot of people say Hatebreed is a metalcore band because they've got some sort of metal-y riffs. But it's like we sound nothing alike.”

However, the band's guitarist Mike Martin has rejected the metalcore label saying:
“Yeah, we're not Christian and we're not metalcore, so tell the people on the message board to stop calling us that." Mike has mentioned on numerous occasions, one of his biggest influences is John Mayer.”

In an interview with Crypticrock, Mike Martin stated about their musical style:
“We've always wanted to have a lot of different kind of metal songs whether it was a ballad, fast song, or death metal song. We've always been capable of doing every kind of song. We've always just done it no matter what the repercussions were because you know you are always going to get backlash. If you are going to write a record that is really heavy, and on the next record you have a ballad, people are going to get pissed. We never really look too much into it, we just wanted to do it, and so we pretty much did it."

The band's influences include In Flames, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Soilwork, At The Gates, King Diamond, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Grave, Arch Enemy, Biohazard, Cave In, Coalesce, Agnostic Front, and Earth Crisis. Oli Herbert has stated his biggest influence on guitar is Andy LaRocque of King Diamond. Also, he's mentioned he draws a lot of influence from George Lynch, John Sykes, and Randy Rhoads.







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