Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS have completed writing five songs for the follow-up to last year’s “Madness” album. Singer Phil Labonte said in a tweet: “I’m pretty proud of the lyrics and can’t wait to share them with you guys. It’ll be a min, but it’s some angry stuff.”
“Madness” was released in April 2017 via Razor & Tie in the U.S. and Eleven Seven Music in Europe. The disc was recorded at West Valley Studios in Woodland Hills, California with producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D.mand HALESTORM.
At the time of the album’s release, Labonte dismissed “sellout” accusations due to the more radio-friendly sound of the first single and title track, “Madness”. He told Ryan Daniels of of Rock 105.5, Carolina’s Pure Rock radio station: “If you’re doing something — making music — and specifically catering to an audience that you have catered to or that has found something to attach to, is it a sellout to try and change and do something different? Or is it a sellout to be, like, ‘Okay, this is the safe play where I know I can make my money?’ It’s, like, I know I that I can cater to this narrow group of people, and if we don’t stray, these people will keep buying our records, these people will keep coming to our shows. Is it a sellout to be, like, ‘I’m gonna try something different?'”
He continued: “People have been saying ‘sellout’ about us since 2006, since we put out ‘The Fall Of Ideals’. We started doing clean choruses, and people were, like, ‘Oh, sellout!’ And it’s, like, gimme a fucking break. We’ve always tried to push [the envelope] and change.”
So @ATRhq has 5 songs fully written. I’m pretty proud of the lyrics and can’t wait to share them with you guys. It’ll be a min, but it’s some angry stuff.
— Draggin Energy (@philthatremains) May 25, 2018