All That Remains
featuring Beyond Me & Slave To the Day
Monday, May 20, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Zydeco, Birmingham, AL
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.