All That Remains - The Darkened Art

By Sgt Deth

I sat down with Phil Labonte before the recent GWAR show at the Chicago, IL House of Blues to talk about his band All That Remains. If you have never been to the HOB in Chicago, then I will tell you that it was very laid back and relaxed and made for a real good interview. We sat in the padlock chairs near the entrance to their restaurant to talk. Phil even admitted in the interview how impressed he was by the atmosphere there. You cannot stand anywhere in the HOB without being visually stimulated by the neverending artwork and designs.

We talked a little about his new CD, which we have a review for on Wormwood Chronicles (you can link to it here). There will also be a concert review on our site covering all the details of this show. From what it sounds like, Phil is very dedicated to his work, and spends most of his waking hours trying to make this band a success. They are all very talented musicians and I really hope we see more of them in the future!

Wormwood Chronicles: Where is All That Remains from?

Phil Labonte: Massachussets

WC: What do you think about Chicago and how have the fans treated you in the past here?

PL: We're just starting out, so it is not like we have a real solid fan base or anything. Every time we have came here, including when we toured with Prong, the fans seemed real receptive to us.

WC: How did you like touring with Prong?

PL: The guys in Prong are real nice, but the crowd just wasn't our crowd, they are a little older and didn't get us sometimes.

WC: What's the rowdiest city you have ever played in?

PL: Metalfest in Massachussets is as violent as it gets. You hear the stories about, blah, blah, blah, kids from Mass. or Boston dance harder than kids from anywhere else in the country. Been all over the place and I ain't ever seen a pit like a show in Springfield, Mass. or in that area, they are just out of hand.

WC: What got you singing this kind of music and into the Metal Scene in the first place?

PL: I was playing guitar in a band called Perpetual Doom. I started doing backups and stuff like that. Then in progression instead of just doing backups, I was doing 50% of the vocals. I quit that band because they wanted to do that whole soccer rock thing that was going on. I was out of a band for probably 8 months or a year. Then Matt from Shadows Fall called me up and said he was looking for a singer. I was with Shadows Fall for two years then I started this band. I am good friends with them still too.

WC: What do you do for fun besides playing in a metal band?                                                                                                                       

PL: Nothing! I am the "band guy". If you have a question about All That Remains, if someone isn't sure, I can answer it. I play some video games every once in a while, other than that, it is All That Remains.

WC: What is your favorite video game system, and what games are you currently into?

PL: PS2 and right now my games are Star Wars: Battlefront, and we just got Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Ace Combat 5.

WC: What kind of music do you listen to normally?

PL: I listen to a lot of Pop. A lot of garbage Pop. Radio stuff, I am a big fan of Avril Lavigne and country music. If you are talking metal bands then I listen to both regular metal and contemporary; bands like Unearth, Killswitch Engage, Haunted, and At The Gates.

WC: I was wondering about the song, "Passion", on your new album. What kind of passion is the song talking about and what are you passionate about?

PL: I am most passionate about the band. I don't usually get to get to in depth about explaining lyrics and stuff, but all the stuff on the disc is my reflection or interpretation of things going on in my life. Passion is about a specific person I was in a relationship with. There is a person out there, and if you pay real close attention to the lyrics and look past some of the symbolism, you can figure it out.

WC: One more song I was curious about is, "The Darkened Heart", is that a political song? And what is your political stance and what are your feelings on the recent elections?

PL: All That Remains as a band has no political affiliation, but I personally have very strong feelings and convictions. I am very happy with the way the elections turned out, and we'll leave it at that.

WC: Do you have any ideas for the next CD yet?

PL: Right now the idea is to write one sometime. We are hoping to be out on the road for the next year. We want to be out here as much as we can. We are crossing our fingers to get a big tour this summer. Maybe Ozzfest or something like that. If we can we will probably do one headline after that, and then next fall we will start writing for the new CD. By late winter or early spring 2005 we hope to have the new CD done.

WC: Generally, how do you see the future of the band?

PL: Realistically, a band like this will have probably two more records. But, I am hoping to have 4 or 5 more. If we do 7, 8, or 10 records that would be amazing. Anything over three more records and it's fucking like, I GOD-DAMN WON. The simple fact that we got two CDs out, and we are on MTV, and we are on Headbangers Ball, it is just huge. So many of the dreams I had when I was a 14 or 15 year old kid growing up, I have already gotten. Even if the band were to fall apart tommorrow, I feel like we have done more a whole lot more than most people.

WC: Can you share any Spinal Tap moments with us?                                                                                                                               

PL: This place is the closest thing that I ever had to a Spinal Tap moment. This place is different levels, and the corridors and shit, and you don't know where anything is, and your fucking lost!

WC: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

PL: Check out our Website at and sign up at our message board. Run your mouth, I talk on there often.