All That Remains
All That Remains didn’t become one of metal’s biggest bands overnight. The whole thing started way back at first Metalfest when singer Phil Labonte and guitarist Oli Herbert had this band playing mid-day on the small stage.
Massholes from Springfield, All That Remains has gone through numerous lineups and played nine more times at Metalfest before headlining last night’s show. And this time the throng moshing in front was as busy singing along as bashing each other about.
That’s because All That Remains figured out how to work melodic choruses into its maelstrom. Herbert still shreds with abandon, Labonte is brutal, and the band is as heavy as bricks. But ATR can also squeeze in something like “Forever in Your Hands,” a tune with legit hooks. But before you can yell “Sell out,” the band swings into something skull crushing like “Dead Wrong.”
Here’s to making from the trenches to the top.