Friday, July 28, 2006
The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
New England metalcore champs ALL THAT REMAINS have become one of the standout acts on this summer’s Ozzfest, decimating one sun-soaked crowd after another and delivering ferocious sets that obviously leave a lasting impression with the audiences at each stop on the tour.
The proof’s in the pudding, as they say. ALL THAT REMAINS‘ latest, crushing LP, The Fall of Ideals, opened at #75 on Billboard’s album sales chart two weeks ago, selling close to 13,000 copies its first week in stores. The following week, the disc took a bit of a slide, falling to #139 with around 6,000 units sold. The Fall of Ideals is on pace to outsell the band’s previous offering, This Darkened Heart, which racked up first-week sales of 1,050 copies when it was released two years ago. The album failed to chart but has gone on to sell about 62,000 copies.
For frontman Phil Labonte, the album’s got the potential to sell a lot more and that’s where the band’s second-stage turn on this year’s Ozzfest comes in.
“We did Sounds of the Underground last year, but still, there’s a huge crowd of people out here who … this is going to be the only show they go to all year,” he said. “It’s such a huge deal, and there’s a huge percentage of people here who have never even heard of us, so it’s a huge opportunity and we’re coming in with a really solid foundation and really good groundwork from last year. Our last album sold 60,000-something copies without Ozzfest. So we’re hoping this record does the same or more. With the help of tours like Ozzfest, maybe we’ll do that.”
Some of the material on The Fall of Ideals spotlights the band at its most brutal with tons of double-bass and pummeling blast beats. But at the same time, the LP’s also ALL THAT REMAINS‘ most accessible outing to date, thanks to Labonte‘s vocals, which, in keeping with the current trend, come across as much cleaner.
“There are more clean vocals on the record, but there’s more vocal variety overall,” he argued. “I do way more of the really guttural death-metal stuff than I’ve ever done. The song ‘The Weak Willed‘ is the heaviest thing we’ve ever done it’s a death-metal song. But there’s more clean singing on this one because I’ve gotten better at that. We’re not that band that’s like, ‘Oh, here’s a formula let’s go ahead and do it and write all our songs this way.’ We’ve always been an extreme band, and certainly not something you could consider anything less than a metal band.”
Of course, being on the Ozzfest which wraps up August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida can obviously lead to bigger and better things for a band. And it seems the tour’s already started paying off for ALL THAT REMAINS. In September, they’ll head out with DRAGONFORCE and HORSE THE BAND for a tour that’s expected to kick off September 8 in Los Angeles. Just four dates for the trek have been announced, including September 9 in San Francisco, September 23 in Detroit and September 24 in Toronto. More dates will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Labonte said the band also plans on setting out on a headlining run this winter.
“We want to stay on the road as long as we can, because that’s how you make fans and that’s how you become successful as a band,” he explained. “Being on Ozzfest is pretty humbling, because you have so many huge bands that are gigantic now that got their start on the second stage KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED. It’s a huge thing to be a part of it, and it’s a huge thing to be able to say, ‘Hey, we were on Ozzfest.’ I couldn’t be any happier.”