All That Remains

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Intro

An American Heavy Metal / Metalcore / Screamo / New Wave of American Heavy Metal band, formed out of Springfield, Massachusetts, during 1998.

Info

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.

Style & Influence

Style

The band's music has been classified under musical styles including Metalcore, Melodic Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal, Heavy 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".

Influences

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.

Phil has mentioned his influences range from Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Grave, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, and even a lot of 80s hair metal bands.

In an interview, Phil said:

"I fell in love with the whole glam world. And then like Death Metal too, Cannibal Corpse…it's very wide range of what people like, you know, Justin Timberlake…all that stuff".

"He mentioned via Twitter and Facebook that he is a huge fan of Bring Me The Horizon, and The Acacia Strain. He also is known for being a huge fan of non-metal acts such as: Sarah McLachlan, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Skrillex."

In an interview with Blabbermouth.net, Labonte stated:

"It's well documented that we like cheesy pop music. There's pictures of me wearing Fall Out Boy shirts! I listen to Prince, and everyone knows that Mike and I love Nickelback, and everyone is always listening to Dr. Dre, or Snoop Dogg, or Eminem, or Jay-Z, or just pop music! That song Fergilicious is the new "hit" for All That Remains, it's the song we want to hear. Just a lot of garbage pop. It's kind of a joke because it's the stuff we like, and it's the stuff we want to hear, but we play it for everybody. So, it probably does come through, and it's something that we're aware of, and we're cool with it. If we can make songs that make sense as metal songs, and All That Remains songs, so why not let your influences come into it, just so long as it doesn't get hokey, or it doesn't hurt the song. You don't want to make a song "do something," you kind of want to let it go its own way. If it fits and works, then it fits and works, and if it doesn't work, you can't make it work or force it to work. We just go with what we think sounds good, and what feels right to us".

Albums List

1) Behind Silence and Solitude (2002)

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2) This Darkened Heart (2004)

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3) The Fall of Ideals (2006)

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4) Overcome (2008)

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5) For We Are Many (2010)

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6) A War You Cannot Win (2012)

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7) The Order of Things (2015)

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Members Name Check

  • Philip Labonte – lead vocals (1998–present), piano (2003–2004)
  • Oli Herbert – lead guitar (1998–present)
  • Mike Martin – rhythm guitar (2004–present)
  • Jason Costa – drums (2007–present)
  • Aaron Patrick – bass guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
  • Dan Egan – bass guitar (1998–2003)
  • Chris Bartlett – rhythm guitar (1998–2004)
  • Michael Bartlett – drums (1998–2006)
  • Matt Deis – bass guitar (2003–2004)
  • Shannon Lucas – drums (2006)
  • Jeanne Sagan – bass guitar, backing vocals (2006–2015)
  • Colin Conway -drums

Live Member

  • Ben Harclerode – drums (2015)

External Links

allthatremainsonline.com