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ALL THAT REMAINS Drummer Is 'Absolutely In Love' With Band's Just-Completed New Album
Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS recently completed recording their new album at a California studio for a tentative early 2015 release via Razor & Tie. The follow-up to 2012's "A War You Cannot Win" was helmed by producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD and GOJIRA. Speaking to Josh Rundquist (a.k.a. That Drummer Guy) on September 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, ALL THAT REMAINS drummer Jason Costa stated about the band's forthcoming CD (hear audio below): "Our label [has gone] through a lot of changes, as far as people who work there. And some of the new people that are just coming in, I don't know what they think that they expect from us. But we wrote a great album, and the guy who recorded our album, he absolutely loves it. And he's a Grammy-nominated dude. And he loves it and everything's fine. But the label kind of wants us to maybe write two more songs or so that are more quote-unquote radio oriented. So we'll see what's gonna happen. I think we already have enough of what we need for the album... Maybe they're right. Who knows? Maybe we go and we write two more songs and the songs end up being great. And it can't be a bad thing, right?!" Regarding the musical direction of the new ALL THAT REMAINS material, Costa said: "The 13 songs that we have for the album, those are done, and they sound fantastic. I'm absolutely in love with this album. Usually there's a few songs on every album that we record that I'm, like, 'Eh, it could be better. Blah blah blah.' This one, not one song do I have any, like, 'Oh, it could have been better.' I mean, everything can always be better — it's kind of subjective — but I don't have any misgivings at all about... I love every song on this album." He continued: "It definitely still sounds like us. But the heavy stuff is heavier, and the faster stuf is faster. We all really challenged ourselves on this album. And the radio stuff is more… not more radio, but there's definitely more singing, there's more melody and stuff like that. But the songs are fast; we have a lot of fast burners on this album. And the double-bass stuff for the heavier songs is really challenging for me this time. The patterns are super-hard, some of them." ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte commented on the recent dissolution of a number of metal acts that came up at the same time as his band, such as BLEEDING THROUGH and GOD FORBID. He remarked, "I’m so glad ATR have transcended 'metal' and have become 'musicians.' Labonte later walked back his comments after some negative backlash online, saying, "That last post was about 'metal' and it wasn’t about the quality of the bands mentioned. It was a reflection on how arbitrary and fickle 'metal' fans are. Stop lookin for hate." ALL THAT REMAINS had a No. 2 single on the rock radio chart earlier this year with "What If I Was Nothing", which marked a stylistic departure for the band. A previous single from "A War You Cannot Win", "Stand Up", spent three weeks at NO. 1, making it the band's first -ever chart-topper fifth consecutive Top 10 rock single. "A War You Cannot Win" debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 115,000 copies to date.
QUEENSRŸCHE's MICHAEL WILTON: 'It's A Blessing To Be Five Minds That Think Alike At This Time'
QUEENSRŸCHE and SOULBENDER guitarist Michael Wilton was interviewed on the latest episode of "One On One with Mitch Lafon". You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. (Note: Ace Frehley is interviewed early in the podcast. The Wilton interview begins around the 29-minute mark.) A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to last year's "Queensrÿche" CD: "Well, QUEENSRŸCHE right now is writing another CD, another album. We've had some time in between this sporadic touring that we're doing right now. The 'Return To History' tour has been going on for almost two years, and it's great that we have [gig] offers and people that wanna see us. But now it's time to really get the creative juices flowing and get the songs written. Which we're doing really good right now; we've got about 15 tunes that we're concentrating on and probably about five more that we're gonna try to get in there. The situation with this album is that there's no underlying tension; it's, like, we've done it before, we've all worked together before, the chemistry is great, and we just wanna take it to the next level. The plan is to have an album out sometime in 2015, hopefully early spring, and do a whole world tour, again, in 2015." On the musical direction of the new QUEENSRŸCHE material: "[The songs] all in different stages of development right now, but you've got three of the main guys that make up QUEENSRŸCHE, so you've got the DNA there in the music, and it's gonna sound like QUEENSRŸCHE regardless. But I think it's more about a period of time that had an energy, that had a different kind of energy than the [latter-day stuff], and it's capturing that. We were known as a touring band, a touring guitar band, and I think everybody loves that idea, and especially these days when you have to tour to make a living in this industry. So when your mindset is kind of in your roots and where you've been, you treat it with respect, and you don't do a carbon copy or anything. The influence is there, and it's great to revisit the feeling that you had during that time, and the special moments and everything, and try to channel that into wht you're writing at this time." "I can't really pin it down, but I think it's always gonna be a harder edge, a hard-rock feeling, elements of metal, I guess, but we always tend to have some kind of a little bit of progressiveness in there, but always have a melodic content that's involved." On QUEENSRŸCHE's current mindset: "We all grow as musicians, and with this lineup, it's really just a blessing to be five minds that really think alike at this present time. The outlook is just great. The days are better each day, and t's just fun to go out and play these shows. And it's one show at a time. And it's convincing people all over the world."
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