All That Remains’ Phil Labonte: our last album sucked

Posted by on October 7, 2014

Back before MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball slowly wheezed to a halt, in the mid-2000s, Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta hosted the weekly metal video show. While it seemed a little disingenuous at the time to see the singer of a hardcore band interviewing bands that you could tell he didn’t care about, all that interviewing seems to have rubbed off on him in the right way, as his podcast has gotten off to a good start and has gotten some insightful stuff out of the likes of Max Cavalera, Randy Blythe, Rob Zombie and Suicide Silence.  Last month, he caught up with All That Remains’ Phil Labonte, who spoke about the band’s upcoming album. He was also very up front about their last album, offering that it “sucked”:

A War You Cannot Win had some of our biggest singles. I think, overall, the record, in general, sucked. I think that For We Are Many, in my opinion, For We Are Many is one of our best records, in my personal opinion, it’s our best record. “Overcome” has our biggest single ever. “If “Two Weeks” was on A War You Cannot Win, it would have been No. 1 for a long time. It’s just that when you go to radio, you have to prove yourself. So “Two Weeks” was really us pushing our way in, so I think it got to 6 or 5 or something. But I think that if it was now that we wrote that song, I think that it would be No. 1 for a while. Personally, I think that we have a lot of songs [on the new album] that are better.”

Well, that settles that. If you thought that the last All That Remains album kinda sucked, the band’s singer agrees with you. That’s encouraging news for the new album, which he says is “far and away” better than the last one. He also spoke about what a band should be doing that’s seeking a deal. He also warns some bands against signing 360 deals. You’ve got to hand it to Labonte, at least he’s candid about his band, which is refreshing in an age of spin.

[transcription via Lambgoat]


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