All That Remains

All That Remains

All That Remains have no choice but to be honest. Ever since their formation in 1998, they've stayed true to themselves with each successive record. There's no pretense. There's no posturing. There's no pandering. Their seventh full-length effort, A War You Cannot Win [Razor & Tie], is no exception. The Massachusetts quintet—Philip Labonte [vocals], Oli Herbert [guitar], Mike Martin [guitar], Jeanne Sagan [bass], and Jason Costa [drums]—unabashedly unleash tight and taut heavy metal with arena-size hooks. Defying preconceived notions, the music is as genuine as it gets, and All That Remains wouldn't have it any other way.

Going into A War You Cannot Win, the group didn't tinker with their process much. Beginning in early 2011, they commenced writing in a Massachusetts practice space together between touring for their last offering, For We Are Many. Coming off the road, the musicians hit the studio with longtime producer Adam D [The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage] to record. As they cut the album's twelve tracks, one paramount goal loomed.

"We just want to write good songs," admits Labonte. "We're not trying to be the heaviest or most technical band in the world. We're not trying to write math problems. We aim for balance. It's not about pleasing anyone or fitting into a scene. For us, it's always been about making music that's memorable and we would actually enjoy listening to it. That's the big point."

That point becomes proven tenfold on the anthemic first single, "Stand Up". From the scorching lead to the propulsive beat, it's an incendiary and infectious introduction to the record that's meant to be chanted along to.

"People can interpret it in many different ways," Labonte reveals of the song. "It's a little abstract. This band has never been about one style of music though. Any creative ideas are fair game, and everybody has input. We've always pushed the boundaries of what we are, and we'll continue to do so."
At moments, A War You Cannot Win retreats into the warmth of Herbert's classically-infused acoustic instrumental "Calculating Loneliness" before reloading the thrash firepower of the politically-charged title track or the visceral stomp of "Down Through the Ages". In other places like "What If I Was Nothing" and "Asking Too Much"—self-proclaimed "pining love songs"—the melody entwines with the lyrics, evincing tangible vulnerability. Most importantly, those vulnerable moments hit just as hard as the heavy ones in true All That Remains fashion.

"I'm fortunate to be in a band with people who have such incredible ability," Labonte smiles. "Jason and Oli make everything musically interesting and complex. They're phenomenal. Mike and I add the pop metal aspect."
As far as the album title goes, it encapsulates a deeper meaning for the outspoken singer. "I drew from a political perspective," he goes on. "It's an election year and the record drops Election Day, but it doesn't matter if you voted for one side or the other. It's still the same crap. The idea that the government can control someone's life is where A War You Cannot Win comes from. You can't go ahead and tell individuals what they can and cannot do. There will always be people who fight that power."

All That Remains has been fighting since day one. Granted, it hasn't been easy, but they've had some very significant victories rising from the much-written about East Coast metal scene into an international phenomenon.

To date, they've sold more than a million albums worldwide and 1.5 Million tracks over the course of Behind Silence and Solitude [2002], This Darkened Heart [2004], The Fall of Ideals [2006], Overcome [2008], and For We Are Many [2010]. For We Are Many actually debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 and has moved over 180,000 copies. At Active Rock Radio, they've become a mainstay. "The Waiting One" hit Top 5 on the Active Rock Radio chart, becoming their first-ever Top 5 single and fifth consecutive hit for the format. "Hold On" and "The Last Time" spent over a year charting as well. They've destroyed stages worldwide with everyone from Asking Alexandria and Buckcherry to Hollywood Undead and Five Finger Death Punch as well as giving unforgettable performances at OZZfest and Download.

Ultimately though, it circles back to the fans for Labonte. "The most important thing is people can pull from the music what they want," he concludes of A War You Cannot Win. "Do the songs reflect on you? Do they affect you? Do they inspire you somehow? Do they make you think? It's not about the person who wrote the song. The listener is the most important. If people are entertained by it and they think a little bit, we couldn't ask for anything more."

All That Remains definitely accomplish that mission on A War You Cannot Win.

Motionless in White

One of the strongest parts of Motionless In White's success story is their dedication to their fans. The band doesn't take their following's dedication lightly. The band named their full-length after their devoted fan base, which they affectionately call "Creatures", to remind their supporters that despite their differences, they are bonded by music. "I only ever wanted to be in a band because music changed my life so much, and all I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else in my own way," Chris adds. "To see all these people that are interested in this band and see them singing the words to our songs, like I used to dream would happen while I would be in a pit, screaming along to my favorite bands, is seriously mind-blowing." The band even allowed their "Creatures" to contribute to the album, creating the title track entirely of fan lyrics. "I really couldn't think of a better way to say thank you than to have our fans literally be part of this album, and to name our record after the people that are keeping us alive."

Gaining early support from all corners of the media has also been a key element in aiding Motionless In White's ascension through the ranks of the new wave of dark rock bands. The band was named as one of Alternative Press' Bands You Need To Know, is one of Revolver Magazine's Bands To Watch in the November/December 2010 issue, and has upcoming features in U.S. and international music press outlets including AOL Noisecreep, Ultimate-Guitar, AMP, Substream, Rock Sound and Kerrang!, plus horror publications Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Bloody-Disgusting and FEARnet.

The band has already toured the U.S. with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Bleeding Through, In This Moment and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and looks forward to taking their show on the road this fall, including tours with Black Veil Brides and A Skylit Drive. "Expect to see a very honest and passionate performance every day," notes Chris. "We put a lot of time in trying to make our live show express the intensity and energy that we posses across to the crowd. I've bled, and I've screamed till my last breath, and our future shows will be no exception."

With an incredible work ethic and a dedication to practicing their craft, Motionless In White has completed their line up with the addition of new bassist Ricky Horror, and emerged as a group of stunning musicians, with a firm hold on what they want to achieve. "This band is 100% bullshit free and we want to inspire kids to stand up for themselves and not be afraid to look the way they do or say the things that they want. If I can do for one person what my favorite bands and heroes have done for me then mission accomplished."

Armed with their jaw-dropping debut album, support from the media and an impressive live show ready to take to the masses, Motionless In White is poised at the center of a perfect storm, and ready to take fans by the throat this fall. Miss them at your peril!

Genre: Metal
Similar to: Trivium, Drowning Pool, Ill Nino

Chicago-based alternative metal ensemble SOiL formed in 1997 around the talents of vocalist Ryan McCombs, drummer Tom Schofield, bass player Tim King, and guitarists Adam Zadel and Shaun Glass. They released their debut EP, El Chupacabra!, in 1998, followed by the full-length Throttle Junkies in 1999. Their sophomore release (Scars) found success both nationally and internationally through two strong singles, "Unreal" and "Halo." It was followed in 2001 by an eponymous EP, and later in 2004 with re.de.fine. McCombs left the fold that year, eventually joining Drowning Pool. He was replaced by A.J. Cavalier on their 2006 debut for DRT, True Self. On October 20, 2009, the band released Picture Perfect, heralded by the single "Like It Is." The album Scars was released in 2011, followed by the album Whole released this year. These albums bear their distinctive harsh but emotional and melodic sound.

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