All That Remains’ Phil Labonte: “There’s Nothing Edgy About Metal Anymore”


All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte has been a lightning rod for criticism in recent years and that doesn’t appear to be something that will change anytime soon. Labonte spoke with Revolver of the bands forthcoming new album “The Order Of Things” (out February 24th) and during the chat spoke on embracing his role as the ‘bad guy’:

“I just get a kick out of being an antagonist. When it comes to rubbing people the wrong way, I don’t care who I offend. There are no more bad guys in rock and roll and metal. It has become so competitive and so hard to actually be a band that can make a living, there are no more people that are bad guys. Everybody’s got the right opinion and they say the right things or they don’t say anything at all.

There’s nothing edgy about metal anymore. You’re not edgy because you listen to music that sounds abrasive. That doesn’t make you a forward thinker, that doesn’t make you controversial and it doesn’t make you edgy just because you’re in a band that plays that stuff. Especially when you’re dealing with bands that aren’t trying to play the heaviest music in the world, the music that you play is not really edgy. Ideas are edgy. So if the metal world is looking for a bad guy, I’ll be that guy.”

He also explained his comments that he thought the bands last album “A War You Cannot Win” “sucked”:

“It was mostly me, I think I could have done better. I could have had stuff that was a little more compelling, especially in some of the heavier songs. So I wasn’t super-pumped about it. This record, I think, will make a significant statement about what we can do as a band and I think it’s going to do really good things for us.”

Furthermore, Labonte tackled the frequent criticism that the group have become more commercial with each album release:

“As lame as it sounds, we just wanted to write what we like to hear. There’s some really heavy stuff on this record. We’re not the kind of band that ever wants to say, “Does this sound like us?” If you’re looking at music as something you do because you enjoy it, then what- ever you write can’t help but sound like you.

And I really don’t care what people call us. As long as the songs are good, that’s all that matters—whether they’re poppy or heavy. The fact that we’ve had a career this long and come from a genre that’s seen its fair share of bands come up and go down, speaks for a good outcome of that philosophy.”