Dethklok with All That Remains
All That Remains: Phil Labonte -Vocals
Mike Martin - Guitars
Oli Herbert - Guitars
Jason Costa - Drums
Jeanne Sagan – Bass
“People have a certain idea of what this band is, and when they hear the new stuff...it’s a new approach to our style,” vocalist Phil Labonte says. “It’s almost like a new way to look at an old friend."
With a desire to continually evolve, yet retain the trademark heavy and technically-skilled sound that All That Remains has established with the band’s breakthrough album, 2004’s This Darkened Heart, Labonte and company have done just that with The Fall of Ideals. Where the last record found the band intertwining heavy music, virtuoso solos, and unmatchable melody, All That Remains’ current collective goal is to build on elements that the last album only hinted at. “Everything we did on This Darkened Heart, we are turning up a notch,” Labonte says. “This disc will have some of the most aggressive, and some of the most friendly, pieces of music All That Remains has ever written.”
After initially forming in 1998 as a side project for Labonte and guitarist Oli Herbert, the band left a stamp on the underground metal scene with its debut album, 2002’s Behind Silence and Solitude. After bringing in guitarist Mike Martin and releasing This Darkened Heart to rave reviews in 2004, All That Remains landed high-profile tours and shows alongside the likes of Gwar, The Crown, Arch Enemy, Darkest Hour, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, and Slipknot and toured virtually non-stop, only taking a break in late 2005 to write new material.
The Fall of Ideals is the culmination of the original ideals, ideas, and elements that All That Remains was initially founded upon. Combining the grinding riffs and unrelenting rhythms of death metal legends and the tandem fluidity of Martin and Herbert’s shredding, alongside Labonte’s ever-expanding vocal repertoire of soaring notes and guttural growls, the band has now become everything it has been striving for since its inception.
“We’re now at the point where we're the band I always wanted to us to be," Labonte says. “Musically, we’re capable of doing what I originally wanted to do. As musicians, we can all live up to that goal.”
With producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and engineer Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) in tow, and artwork by Travis Smith (Iced Earth, Opeth, Soilwork), All That Remains doesn’t simply possess flashy production, engaging artwork, or memorable songs. Instead, All That Remains has all three integral elements wrapped up in an undeniably heavy and aggressive, yet irrefutably memorable, package.
Taking that package on the road, All That Remains is coming to a city near you as part of this summer's Warped Tour!
Machine Head: How do you create a masterpiece of modern metal? Is it a conscious effort on the part of the artists or is it something more organic - a confluence of events and moods, emotions and mechanics that all come together in the right place at the right time? That's the question that comes to mind upon the first listen to Machine Head's sixth studio album The Blackening. Guitars rip, drums pound, bass thunders and lyrics resonate as the Bay Area quartet soars past the bar set by its critically-lauded predecessor Through the Ashes of Empires. If Empires was the sounding of the trumpet, then The Blackening is the arrival of the hordes: dense, aggressive and inescapable.
The Black Dahlia Murder: The often imitated yet never duplicated Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder have returned to the public eye to reclaim their rightful throne as leaders of all things extreme with their third blackened opus of thrashing melodic death metal, Nocturnal. "I don't think the pretenders will be able to match this one," proclaims vocalist Trevor Strnad of their scorching new offering, "It's fucking over the top. Brian (Eschbach; guitarist/songwriter) has really outdone himself this time. The kid eats lightning and shits chains."
Lead by founding members Eschbach and Strnad, the group offers their most complex, memorable, and utterly unholy album yet. Chock full of flesh searing riffage, mind-bending guitar solos by fret-freak John Kempainen, and the disgustingly poetic gore soaked lyricism that legions of the band's manically adoring fans have been hungering for. Reenergized by the precision finger work of bass master Ryan "Bart" Williams and the skin-bashings of newest addition Shannon Lucas (ex- All That Remains), Nocturnal finds the band at their most violent while never compromising the staple melodic style that they have become synonymous with. "The album Nocturnal is a rebirth for the band," states vocalist Strnad. "We've never had such a sick rhythm section. Bart and Shannon have really stepped up and added an extra punch to this beast of a record," the singer proudly chimes. The end result is a more vehement and venomous Black Dahlia in 2007. However, no album of such a magnitude is without its tribulation.